London, Ont. psychiatrist accused of sexually abusing her patient
By Kate Dubinski
January 27, 2020
A London, Ont. doctor accused of sexually abusing a patient will have her case heard before a disciplinary committee today.
Dr. Karin Kerfoot is a psychiatrist who practiced at the London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) until two and a half years ago, when her license was suspended after she was accused of having an ongoing relationship with a patient.
Kerfoot is accused of professional misconduct, namely sexual abuse of a patient, according to documents filed with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, which regulates physicians in this province.
If Kerfoot is found guilty, she will be stripped of her medical license, without the ability to reapply for five years.
Kerfoot is alleged to have engaged in “disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional conduct” from January 2015 to June 2016.
The allegations include sexual intercourse and kissing, sending inappropriate sexual pictures, going out with the patient to restaurants or bars and nightclubs, shopping with the patient, travelling with him or her, and sharing overnight accommodations.
The college also says Kerfoot failed to cooperate with the investigation or was dishonest regarding her relationship with the patient at LHSC.