Edmonton physician suspended for six months after making inappropriate comments to a patient

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The decision shows the offences occurred during visits in September and November, 2015.

A second complainant, an employee and patient at Dr. Imtiaz’s clinic, alleged he pulled her onto his lap and tried to kiss her while he was her doctor.

“Regulated members of the College maintain a position of trust and responsibility in relation to their patients, and the public relies on them not to breach this trust by improperly sexualizing the physician-patient relationship,” reads the decision signed by Dr. John Pasternak.

The college ruled Imitaz should be suspended for six months, with two months to be served and four months to be suspended if Imitaz shows good character for 12 months. The complaints director agreed Imitaz’s suspension could begin at 12:01 am on June 24, 2020 and expire at midnight on Aug. 23, 2020.

He will also have abide by an undertaking to have a chaperone for all visits with a female patient until Dec. 31, 2021. He must also pay for half of the costs of the hearing, which totaled $14,162.79.

Mitigating factors considered in the case included Imitaz’s use of a chaperone since 2017 and his completion of college-recommended courses that address professional boundaries and proper medical charting. He also pleaded guilty, avoiding a long and costly hearing.




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