Psychiatrist has licence revoked for sexual abuse
A Guelph psychiatrist has been found guilty of committing professional misconduct for sexual abuse following a hearing on March 21, 2016.
According to a report released by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, a female patient in 2008 sought treatment from psychiatrist Dr. George Glumac.
Glumac treated both the patient ( Patient A) who initially sought his services, as well as her husband (Patient B).
In the report the College of Physicians and Surgeons outlines the incidents that took place between 2009 – 2012 to lead the College to revoke Glumac’s license.
The college found that Glumac sexually abused his patient on a couple of occasions.
The reports says that Glumac visited his patient at a respite home, where she was staying following a mastectomy. Here he asked her to lay on the bed stating that his intentions were not sexual.
“Dr. Glumac invited her to lay on the bed with him and asked if he could hug her. They lay on the bed together in a spooning position and he kissed her from behind. She felt his erection pressing against her. Patient A got off the bed and asked Dr. Glumac to leave the respite facility,” reads the report from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.
“As a result of these incidents, Patient A had planned not to return to see Dr. Glumac. But after enduring a difficult chemotherapy, she reached out for his support once again. At subsequent appointments, Dr. Glumac kissed Patient A on the lips and hugged her frequently, with his hands around her waist and hips. ‘
The report further outlines how Glumac took $20,000 from her and her husband under false pretenses, saying it was for charity, when it was actually used to manage his real estate investments. The report explains that Glumac did not repay the couple as agreed.
After multiple attempts at getting their money they reported him to the college.
The college retained a doctor to speak out about on the care and treatment provided by Dr. Glumac to Patient A.
That doctor found he violated the boundaries of a psychotherapeutic relationship, and prescribed medication inappropriately.
He concluded that Dr. Glumac was a risk to other patients.
The college ordered that Glumac’s licence to practice psychiatry be revoked, that he has to reimburse the college for over $16,000 for funding provided to the patients, and has been fined $5,000.
He also has to appear before a panel to be reprimanded.
It is not known if there are criminal charges pending.
Glumac was an active member with the college since 1977. He ran his own practice at 1 Pheasant Run Drive, Guelph.