Dialogue Volume 14 Issue 4 2018 - Page 48

DISCIPLINE SUMMARIES When Patient A got up to leave, Dr. Bingham pulled her towards him for another hug. He told her he had been thinking about her a lot. He held her more tightly, like a bear hug, so that her body was pressed firmly against his with one of his hands on her lower back tailbone area, just below the waistline. Patient A describes herself as petite. Dr. Bingham is a tall, large man. He began rubbing her back and pressed his face to hers asking if it felt good. He placed Patient A’s head on his shoulder. She tried to pull away, but he held onto her arms. Dr. Bingham held Patient A’s face close to his, kissed her forehead and cheek, and kept looking at her mouth, which made Patient A feel he wanted to kiss her on the mouth. He said “sometimes two people just click.” He said that she was helping him too and that she gave him good feelings. Patient A left the appoint- ment and did not see Dr. Bingham again. PRIOR DISCIPLINE HISTORY On June 6, 2003, the Discipline Committee found that Dr. Bingham had committed an act of profes- sional misconduct in that he engaged in disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional conduct. The con- duct was in relation to a 27-year-old psychotherapy patient in 2001. After one of her sessions, Dr. Bing- ham hugged the patient as she was leaving his office and gave her a kiss on her lips. She did not return for further therapy as a result. UNDERTAKING TO RESIGN On January 9, 2018, Dr. Bingham entered into an undertaking to resign his membership with the Col- lege and never to apply or re-apply for membership in Ontario or in any other jurisdiction. Had Dr. Bingham not resigned and agreed never to reapply, the College would have been seeking a very signifi- cant penalty. ORDER The Discipline Committee ordered a reprimand. He was also ordered to pay to the College costs in the amount of $5,500. For complete details, please see the full decision at www.cpso.on.ca. Select Find a Doctor and enter the doctor’s name. 48 DIALOGUE ISSUE 4, 2018 At the conclusion of the hearing, Dr. Bingham waived his right to an appeal and the Committee administered the public reprimand. DR. WAGDY ABDALLA BOTROS PRACTICE LOCATION: Address Unknown AREA OF PRACTICE: Psychiatry (Sleep Medicine) HEARING INFORMATION: Physician Did Not Attend Hearing On March 20, 2018, the Discipline Committee found that Dr. Botros committed an act of profes- sional misconduct, in that he engaged in conduct or an act or omission relevant to the practice of medicine that, having regard to all the circumstances would reasonably be regarded by members as dis- graceful, dishonourable or unprofessional. Dr. Botros did not attend the hearing and was not represented by counsel. Given that he was not in at- tendance, the Committee proceeded on the basis that he denied the allegations. Dr. Botros is a psychiatrist who practises sleep medicine. During the period from May of 2014 to December of 2015, he was practising sleep medicine at three licensed independent health facilities known as Sleep Clinic Kitchener, Sleep Clinic London and Sleep Clinic Cambridge. As a result of an assessment by the College as di- rected by the Director, Independent Health Facilities at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Dr. Botros entered into an undertaking with the College on May 14, 2014. Dr. Botros breached the conditions of the under- taking to the College, which required that he practise under the guidance of a clinical supervisor. He also failed to cooperate with a College investigation by refusing to answer the questions of a College investi- gator. The Committee considered the aggravating factors, including Dr. Botros’ persistent pattern of failing to meet with his clinical supervisor, which was repeti- tive and persistent throughout a 19-month period of clinical supervision, despite frequent reminders from the College, and the fact that Dr. Botros’ misconduct