– A Nigerian doctor based in Canada, Dr. Adekunle Williams-Owolabi, has
been banned from medical practice for six months after making sexual
comments to patients at his clinic in Labrador West.
licence was suspended and he was ordered to pay the sum of $75,000
towards the costs of holding the hearing where he was found guilty of
professional misconduct towards patients.
established by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland
and Labrador in St. Johns made the decision to suspend the doctor’s
licence on Monday.
CBC News, a teacher, Arlene Johnson, who visited Owolabi’s clinic,
testified that he made some sexual comments during a pelvic examination.
said that after the test, he had hugged her and whispered in her ear,
“You have a beautiful clit, does your husband tell you that?”
Another complainant also testified that Owolabi made inappropriate comments while examining her pelvic.
She said Owolabi asked, “Do you like big ones or small ones?”
noted that he made the comments when she was pregnant, undressed from
the waist down and her feet in stirrups, while two female secretaries in
the room watched.
The panel said that Owolabi’s
inappropriate comments and touching of patients showed a lack of respect
for their dignity and privacy. Therefore, it instructed him to have a
chaperone present whenever he sees female patients in the next two years
and after returning to medical practice.
admitted to hugging one of the patients, however denied making such
comments towards the woman. His lawyer, Paul Stokes, said they were
disappointed in the panel for making the decision.
the doctor has 30 days to appeal the panel’s decision in court, Stokes
said that he and his client had not decided if they would appeal the
The panel established a pattern of behaviour
after four former patients of Owolabi lodged the charges of professional
misconduct. They testified before the tribunal that his actions ranged
from making sexual comments to inappropriate touching and kissing at his
Owolabi is said to have studied in Nigeria, but he was licensed to practice.