Edmonton, AB – Dr. Efe Michael Ovueni, a general practitioner from Calgary, was sanctioned for unprofessional conduct by a CPSA hearing tribunal.
It was alleged that in January 2020, Dr. Ovueni hugged and air-kissed a member of his medical office staff without her consent. Dr. Ovueni admitted to the allegation and a joint submission on sanction was accepted by the hearing tribunal.
The tribunal ordered the following:
- Dr. Ovueni will receive a reprimand.
- Dr. Ovueni’s practice permit is suspended for three months, with two weeks served and two-and-a-half months held in abeyance on the condition that no further boundary concerns are brought forward to CPSA.
- Dr. Ovueni must complete and unconditionally pass the Center for Personalized Education for Physicians Probe Course.
- Dr. Ovueni must also pay a fine of $3,000 and is responsible for the full cost of the investigation and hearing (total still to be determined).
As the complainant in this case was not a patient, Dr. Ovueni’s conduct does not meet the definition of sexual misconduct under the Health Professions Act.
CPSA hearing tribunal decision