The Hamilton Spectator
Sexual misconduct charges dismissed against former Hamilton psychiatrist
Hamilton Spectator
By Molly Hayes
January 26, 2015

Psychiatrist Claudio de Novaes Soares

Psychiatrist Claudio de Novaes Soares

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario has dismissed charges against a former Hamilton psychiatrist accused of professional misconduct involving the abuse of a female patient over two years.

A hearing was to begin Monday for psychiatrist Dr. Claudio de Novaes Soares, who at the time of the alleged misconduct (between November 2007 and May 2009) was McMaster University’s associate chair of research in the department of psychiatry and behavioural neurosciences. He was also director of the Women’s Health Concerns Clinic.

Soares had previously pleaded not guilty to the allegations — which included “touching of a sexual nature towards the patient, kissing, fellatio of Dr. Soares by the patient, sexual intercourse with the patient, and/or other forms of physical sexual relations.”

The college had also alleged Soares failed to “fully co-operate with a college investigator,” including failing to provide records and other documentation the college requested.

The allegations were dismissed Monday, the panel heard, because the complainant refused to attend the hearing and provide evidence.

Soares’ lawyer Eli Lederman said his client was “very pleased to have the allegations dismissed entirely against him to have this come to an end finally.”

He said the last several years have been “tough” with the allegations “hanging over his head.” He would not say what Soares is doing now or whether he is practicing.

Soares no longer has a licence to practise in Ontario. His certificate of registration expired when his academic appointment ended at McMaster in 2012.

According to media accounts, he was forced to resign his job as the University of Alberta’s new head of psychiatry on his first day that fall as a result of the allegations.