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Springdale, Brampton doctor found guilty of misconduct

South Asian Focus

By PETER CRISCIONESpecial to FocusOntario’s College of Physicians and Surgeons has

temporarily suspended the medical licence of a Brampton family doctor after

finding him guilty of having a sexual relationship with a patient.Dr Donovan Sequeira, who practices family medicine at

Springdale Medical Centre, 630 Peter Robertson Blvd, appeared before the

college’s disciplinary panel late last week where he had his licence revoked

for six months and was ordered to take medical ethics courses.Sequeira is believed to be of South Asian (Goan) origin.

The area in which he practices also has a high percentage of South Asians resident

in the neighbourhood.Sequeira’s six-month

suspension is to commence eight weeks from the date of the disciplinary order.The college found Sequeira, 42, committed an act of

professional misconduct involving a female patient who was 21 years old at the

time.Sequeira had treated the patient since she was 16.The panel heard the pair talked about meeting

socially during a medical appointment.They had dinner together and “communicated with each

other romantically” within four days of the patient’s very last medical

appointment.The board, which publicized its ruling on Wednesday,

noted Sequeira informed the woman she could no longer be his patient prior to

their first date.“By the following month, they engaged in kissing and

other physical contact, and by the fourth month following the final medical

appointment, they had engaged in sexual intercourse,” the allegations against

Sequeira read.Sequeira must also pay a fine of $3,650 and appear

before a disciplinary panel to be reprimanded.CoincidenceIn what may be a curious coincidence, in 2004, Dr

Vasilios Kavouris, who the college has listed as a doctor at the same

Springdale Medical Centre, faced similar disciplinary action over “intense

emotional relationship” with a patient.Kavouris was accused of having sex with a patient and

faced sexual abuse charges. However, the sexual abuse charges were later reduced

to professional misconduct and Kavouris was handed a five-month suspension on condition

he successfully complete the college’s informed consent course and boundaries

course.Kavouris had a relationship with a woman who was his

patient for about six years and whose husband and children were also patients.— Metroland News Service

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