Doctor loses licence for being intimate with patient

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It took a while but finally The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario upheld its decision to revoke Dr. Suganthan Kayilasanathan’s medical licence, after finding him guilty of misconduct for the sexual abuse of a patient.

The college had revoked his licence on an interim basis in September of this year, after the discipline committee of the College concluded Kayilasanathan had had intercourse and oral sex with one of his patients.

Under the Health Professions Procedural Code there is a required penalty for a physician who has been found guilty of misconduct for sexual abuse.

In testimony before the disciplinary panel earlier this year, Ms. A told the hearing she met Kayilasanathan in 2003 or 2004 through a mutual friend.

Ms. A decided to go “partying” at a club on a Saturday evening in December 2010, even though she had exams on Monday.

She met up Kayilasanathan and another man at a club.

Ms. A wanted to leave early, but Kayilasanathan agreed he could provide a medical note excusing her from her exams.

She got a medical note from Kayilasanathan on that Monday that said, “because of illness or injury she would be unable to write her exams.”

After texting during the week, Ms. A testified, Kayilasanathan picked her up in and drove her to a hotel. The college documents state she drank, smoked weed and “got intimate” with the physician.
Ms. A testified that after spending the night with Kayilasanathan at the hotel, she went back to his clinic to get another note excusing her from an upcoming exam.

The good doctor’s penalty also includes a public reprimand and he must pay the college $46,220 in legal costs.

This is not the first time Kayilasanathan has faced sexual allegations.

In 2011, he and Dr. Amitabh Chauhan were acquitted of sexually assaulting a medical student.

The good doctor is however entitled to reapply to the college for reinstatement of his certificate after five years. -CINEWS

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