A Regina doctor is facing seven counts of unprofessional conduct from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan, including allegations that he sexually assaulted two employees, and engaged in “sexual impropriety” with three patients, one of whom was a minor.
The professional misconduct charges were laid against Dr. Imafidon Thomas Izekor on March 18. They are not criminal charges and have not been admitted or proven, but have been referred to the college’s discipline committee.
According to the college’s website, in 2020, Izekor “agreed to practice restrictions including not having professional interactions with adult female patients and not having professional interactions with minors unless they are accompanied by a male parent/guardian or both parents/guardians.”
However, he is currently licensed, according to Bryan Salte, associate registrar and legal counsel for the college.
“He could, if he chose to, practice, as long as he practiced under those restrictions,” he said in a recent interview.
“Our information is that he’s not currently in the country, and is not currently practicing, and has not been practicing for some period of time.”
Currently, the college is in the process of providing Izekor with disclosure of documents, Salte said, noting that once that is completed, the college will seek a hearing date.
Though the Leader-Post made attempts to contact Izekor for comment through his lawyer and by telephone at the place of practice listed on the college website, no response was received by time of publication.
Partially redacted documents from the college outlining the charges indicate the alleged conduct from which all charges stem ran afoul of, among other things, The Medical Profession Act.
The allegations of sexual assault are not dated, but the alleged victims are both said to have been female employees who worked at a medical clinic Izekor “formerly owned and practiced in.”
According to the document, it’s alleged he made sexual advances toward an employee, including him saying to her something to the effect of: “You need an older man like me, boys your age can’t take care of you.”
Further alleged is that Izekor invited the employee to his home where he “touched her sexually and despite her protests engaged in sexual intercourse with her.”
“Afterwards, you gave her money and said something similar to, ‘You helped me and I will help you,’ ” the documents read.
It is also alleged he touched her inappropriately, and tried to hug and kiss her, in his work office.
Regarding the second allegation of sexual assault, the college’s documents suggest evidence will be led to show Izekor made sexual advances toward the employee, and threatened her should she not comply. Specifics of the threat are not given.
Soon after she was hired, documents state she was sent a termination letter, following which Izekor asked her to follow him to his home.
“You took her to a bedroom and sexually assaulted her despite her protests and requests that you stop,” the documents read.
It’s alleged Izekor committed further sexual assaults on the employee, including in his office and in his basement.
Regarding the charge pertaining to the patient who was a minor when she saw Izekor in November of 2018, the doctor is said to have made a number of inappropriate comments, including those about the patient’s romantic interests, and suggestions to the effect that she should find “a guy that’s mature and older than you.”
The documents allege he said something to the effect of, “guys have needs though,” noting he then “made noises and movements to imitate sex.”
It’s alleged the doctor told the minor she should go for dinner with him, noting he said he could pick her up “somewhere outside her home so she wouldn’t have to tell her mom.”
Also in November 2018, the doctor is alleged to have seen another female patient whom he asked about her romantic life, asked the patient for her personal phone number and then called it from his own cell phone.
In October 2018, it is alleged that a patient complaining of infertility saw Izekor, who is said to have commented on her looks and suggested she could have children outside her marriage.
“When she rejected that suggestion, you commended her for being a faithful wife,” the documents read.
Further, the doctor is said to have asked the patient for her sister’s phone number and hugged her at the conclusion of the appointment.
The documents further allege that in 2019, Izekor had a person attend a clinic where he formerly practiced to act as a chaperone “despite the fact she was not legally eligible for employment in Canada.” The doctor is also accused of influencing her in July 202 to provide a statement in support of his response to a complaint of unprofessional conduct.
Around October of 2020 she is said to have recanted the statement and advised she’d been threatened if she did not provide the statement, though the specifics of the threat are not included in the partially-redacted document, which states the doctor recorded the person’s name “in medical records as a chaperone on occasions when she was not present in the clinic.”
Evidence that will be led in support of the final charge against Izekor includes that he arranged work for people not legally eligible for employment in Canada, paying them cash.
Further, it is alleged he “acted as a registered immigration sponsor for several staff members and then used that relationship to influence behaviour.”
Izekor received his medical degree from the University of Lagos in Nigeria in 2009, according to the college website, which lists him having a specialty in family medicine, the qualification for which he received from the College of Family Physicians Canada in 2017.
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