The incoming chair of the University of Alberta’s Department of Psychiatry has resigned effective immediately following allegations of sexual misconduct with a patient.
Dr. D. Douglas Miller, dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, announced Soares’ resignation early Monday in a department-wide email to faculty and staff.
Soares was to assume the role of chair Sept. 1, but was placed on leave once the university was made aware that the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) had issued Soares a notice of hearing in mid-July stating he was under investigation for acts of “professional misconduct.”
CPSO also issued Soares a practice restriction Aug. 7 on his certificate of registration.
The restriction states that Soares is not to engage in “any professional encounters with female patients of any age, in any jurisdiction, unless the patient encounter takes place in the presence of a female regulated health professional approved by the College.”
None of the claims have been proven at this time and a hearing date is still pending.
Glen Baker, director of the U of A’s Neurochemical Research Unit, will serve as the Department of Psychiatry’s interim chair. He previously served as department chair from 2000 to 2005.
The faculty has declined requests for an interview, citing confidentially for all personnel matters.
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