/Sydney doctor who told cancer patient she was only a number banned

Sydney doctor who told cancer patient she was only a number banned

Updated

April 09, 2019 15:27:25

A Sydney doctor has been stripped of his registration amid claims he conducted unjustified breast and vaginal examinations, and told a cancer patient she was “only a number”.

Key points:

  • One woman claimed Dr Georphy made inappropriate comments about anal sex
  • A tribunal ordered his registration as a doctor be cancelled, with no option for review until March 2022
  • Dr Georphy denies several of the allegations

Dr Joseph Georghy was investigated by the Medical Council of NSW after two women lodged complaints against him following incidents at the North Shore Cosmetic Medical and Dental clinic in North Sydney.

One, a 53-year-old female pancreatic cancer patient, accused Dr Georghy of performing an inappropriate breast examination on her in May 2016.

According to a Civil and Administrative Tribunal decision published today, during the appointment — which was for a Vitamin C and Glutathione infusion — the woman claimed he failed to give an explanation for the examination, flipped up her bra and squeezed her breasts without consent.

Dr Georghy denied several of the allegations, including the breast exam and bra flicking.

The tribunal found the doctor also grabbed the woman’s underpants and jeans and attempted to pull them down.

The patient claimed he told her she would need to “get her things in order” and suggested she sell her house.

“You need this to do this to survive,” she was told.

The woman also claimed she was told she needed to “take this seriously” and was “too relaxed”.

“People die all the time,” the patient said she was told.

“Once you start chemotherapy, you are only a number and nobody cares.”

The tribunal found Dr Georghy spent some “some time” talking about his expertise dealing with cancer patients, and declared “I am the best doctor in Australia”.

Unwanted vaginal examination

In the second complaint heard by the tribunal, a 25-year-old woman claimed Dr Georghy completed a vaginal examination during her one appointment in May 2012 without consent or explanation.

She showed no symptoms which suggested gynaecological diagnosis.

The patient underwent ultroid therapy — an unconventional approach to treating haemorrhoids — during which she said Dr Georghy made inappropriate comments.

The doctor used words to the effect of “most women really enjoy anal sex”, she claimed.

She claimed he told her: “when they come in for this treatment, they tell me to move the probe here and there as they are enjoying it. If you don’t like this, you would be no good at anal sex”.

The tribunal found Dr Georghy had used false information on his website when he declared he was a fellow of the Australian Cosmetic Physicians and a fellow of the faculty of medicine at the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery.

He told the tribunal the fellowships had lapsed and blamed an “administrative error”.

Dr Simon Young, a GP who gave evidence for the Medical Council of NSW, said Dr Georghy had displayed a “dictatorial attitude” towards the older woman and showed a “lack of patient-centredness” while raising “irrelevant and demeaning health issues”.

Dr Georghy trained in the former Yugoslavia in the 1970s before coming to Australia in 1985.

The tribunal ordered his registration as a medical practitioner be cancelled without the option for review before March 2022.

Dr Georghy was contacted for comment.

Topics:

law-crime-and-justice,

courts-and-trials,

doctors-and-medical-professionals,

north-sydney-2060,

sydney-2000,

nsw

First posted

April 09, 2019 15:10:50