South Asian Doc Suspended For Inappropriate Texts

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Dr. Alnoor Hassanali Karim Abdulla sent text messages following an appointment with a patient, “the tone and content of which could be reasonably perceived as demonstrating a personal interest beyond a professional relationship,” the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia said in a news release. Abdulla must also pay the college $2,000 to cover the costs of the disciplinary action.

VANCOUVER – A South Asian cardiologist from Vancouver has been suspended for three months after admitting to sending inappropriate text messages last fall.

Dr. Alnoor Hassanali Karim Abdulla sent text messages following an appointment with a patient, “the tone and content of which could be reasonably perceived as demonstrating a personal interest beyond a professional relationship,” the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia said in a news release.

During the suspension, which began on Aug. 2, Abdullah must seek assessment and counselling from psychiatrists or psychologists and complete an ethics assessment program to be defined by the college, the release said.

Upon return to practice, the college said, Abdulla will have to arrange for a chaperone to be present during “all complete physical examinations, chest examinations including the examination of the cardiovascular system, and all other examinations requiring disrobing by female patients.”

He must also post signs regarding the examination conditions in his office reception area and in the examination rooms.

Abdulla must also pay the college $2,000 to cover the costs of the disciplinary action, the release said.