Doctor charged with sex assault

Story by Cristina Fernandes and Shinta Yin-E

CNN • Updated 25th October 2017

(CNN) — A Toronto doctor has been arrested and charged with sexual assault and sexual interference, Toronto police said Monday.

The accusations came from an investigation of the alleged assault of a female patient while Dr. Waseem Qamar was treating her in a clinic at a Toronto hospital in 2016, according to police.

Qamar, 40, was arrested Saturday, police said.

The Montreal native was a second-year resident in family medicine at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre when the alleged assault occurred, officials said. He was dismissed in 2017 for reasons unrelated to the investigation, the hospital said.

“Dr. Qamar’s time at Sunnybrook did not result in any patient complaints, incidents or events which could be characterized as misconduct,” Sunnybrook said in a statement.

Qamar was also a clinical assistant at Toronto General Hospital, an emergency room doctor at Victoria Hospital and a non-resident medical officer of health at St. Michael’s Hospital, police said.

“I am heartbroken to learn of these allegations against Dr. Qamar, which are totally contrary to the values and standards of care that I would expect of him,” Michael Godel, president and CEO of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, said in a statement.

“I do not want to jeopardize the integrity of the investigation, but would like to ensure the public that we have a complete understanding of the facts. However, for that reason I cannot comment further at this time.”

Police haven’t released the woman’s name, nor has Qamar.

No phone number could be found for Qamar. CNN has reached out to his lawyer and Toronto police for comment.

Dr. Arwyn Lather, chief medical officer for health services for Toronto Public Health, said in a statement that he was aware of the arrest and Toronto Public Health had begun working with the police to ensure patients of Dr. Qamar are protected.

“Toronto Public Health is in the process of ensuring all patients in his care had a full consultation with a physician prior to surgery,” Lather said.

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