Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Doc accused of house-call sex

A Toronto surgeon accused of twice having house-call sex with a female patient told the woman his surgery would transform her into a "sexy goddess," a disciplinary hearing heard yesterday.

Professional misconduct proceedings against Dr. Joseph Ka-Hoi Wong began at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario yesterday with the testimony of his alleged victim whose identity is protected by a publication ban.

Wong denies allegations he had sex with the woman during two house calls to her apartment during a five-day period in January 2003.

The woman testified she first went to Wong's Scarborough office in January 2001 to have a scar on her forehead removed but before that initial consultation was over, the doctor talked her into breast augmentation surgery.

"You have the disposition or temperament of a virgin -- he said that in Chinese," the woman said Wong told her.

Although she didn't understand what he meant, she took it as a "compliment but not very professional."

Wong also said implants would improve her looks, she said.


"If you have bigger breasts, you will make most beautiful girl in the world," Wong said, according to the patient, who was testifying before the College's five-person disciplinary panel.

She also said the doctor used the Chinese word for "sexy goddess or sexy baby."

Prosecutor Shaun O'Brien said in her opening statement that Wong admits to making the house calls, but never made any notations in the patient's medical records to indicate what occurred during those visits.

The woman, meanwhile, continued to see Wong for another 17 months and didn't make any allegations public until October 2005.

Defence counsel Tracey Trenayne-Lloyd said in her opening statement that it is around that time the woman is recorded in a phone call demanding $100,000 from the doctor.

She also told the tribunal that the patient saw Wong 19 times and spent almost $20,000 on his services.

"There is no YouTube video of this patient and Dr. Wong having intercourse," Tremayne-Lloyd said. "This case is about credibility and nothing more or less than that." The hearing continues today.


Here's a stupid question: if you think your doctor is not professional, why do you not consult a different doctor? Answer: because you are in some way complicit with that doctor's lack of professionalism!

If the situation was different, say, if my doctor ever tried to shill something stupid like penis-enlargement pills, they would no longer be my doctor! Like everything else, there's something that we're not being told about this story.


Anonymous said...

The evidence at the hearing included a voice mail recording the woman made to the doctor, demanding $100,000 or she would report him. No complaint was made until Dr. Wong refused to pay the woman, who the panel heard had also worked in a massage parlor.

The woman continued to see Dr. Wong and receive more cosmetic surgery after she claimed to be forced into sex. She also alleged he botched some of her procedures.

The panel noted it had "serious reservations regarding the reliability of this witness's testimony," and rejected her suggestion she had a passive personality.

Dr. Wong is "delighted" with the ruling, his lawyer, Tracey Tremayne-Lloyd, said yesterday. "He knew he would be cleared because he is innocent."

The disciplinary process and the publicity, especially in the Chinese community in Toronto, were a "costly exercise, emotionally and psychologically," Ms. Tremayne-Lloyd said.

She noted that the doctor is a philanthropist and respected member of the community.

She suggested the College had evidence, including the recordings where the woman demanded money, which called her credibility into question before she testified.

"This was not a case that should have gone forward. It was a destruction of a person's name for no good reason."

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Anonymous said...

"Didn't you say, I'm sure 100 per cent his licence will be revoked," Wong's lawyer Tracey Tremayne-Lloyd asked, referring to a transcript of the phone call.
"I probably said that," the woman responded.
The woman said she was angry because she had not been paid money she had been promised by Wong's office.
The Toronto woman admitted in testimony that she once filed a sexual harassment complaint against a municipal official that was later withdrawn due to a lack of evidence.

(from http://www.mississauga.com/print/783)

Anonymous said...

After more than a day of legal arguments and deliberations, disciplinary panel chairman Dr. Pamela Chart ruled the defence could pursue the line of questioning "in the interest of fairness ... and in order to establish a pattern of fabrication of allegations against people of authority for personal gain."

Tremayne-Lloyd said the alleged victim, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, was fined in February and June of 2006 for the provincial offence of operating an unlicensed massage parlour.

The day after the second charge, she filed a complaint against a police officer alleging she had been sexually harassed while at work.

from http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Crime/2008/01/25/4793485-sun.html