The day after she diagnosed a patient with cancer, Dr. Theepa Sundaralingam gave him her personal phone number and Instagram handle.
Over the next few months in 2015, frequent flirtatious texting turned into hugging and kissing and eventually progressed to the Toronto doctor masturbating and having intercourse with her patient in his hospital bed while he was being treated for his illness.
Toronto oncologist Dr. Theepa Sundaralingam leaves a discipline hearing at the College of Physicians and Surgeons on Wednesday. (Andrew Francis Wallace / Toronto Star)
And for all that — which was laid out in documents filed at Sundaralingam’s discipline hearing — the doctor was stripped of her licence Wednesday by a discipline panel at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, having been found guilty of sexually abusing a patient.
“From virtually the beginning of your doctor/patient relationship, you crossed boundaries and ultimately sexually abused an extremely vulnerable patient suffering from a life-threate