Sunday, December 14, 2008

Joffe loses license for sexual abuse of patients after weight loss surgery

Dr. Jacobo Joffe, a 59 year old general surgeon, had his medical licence revoked by the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons after he was found guilty of the sexual abuse of four female patients he pursued "romantic" relationships with.

Joffe initially hugged and kissed the two women – identified only as Patient A and Patient B – and told them they were attractive, the panel was told. That summer he engaged in "sexual touching and kissing" with Patient A in his office. He told both women at a Christmas party they were "hot," kissed them on the lips and hugged them.

In January 2004 Joffe met both at a hotel, where he engaged them in sexual touching and kissing. He also later "engaged Patient A in oral sex as well as intercourse at her residence," according to disciplinary hearing documents.

Between January 2004 and 2006, according to the documents, Joffe continued to meet the two women, who were still his patients, at least every two weeks, engaging in sexual acts with them separately and together, in their home and his office.

He also used "illicit drugs" with them which he asked Patient A to buy, according to the documents.

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