Sex scandal hits leading psychiatrist
Samuel Malcolmson, who fathered patient’s child, has lost his licence.
Patient bore his child after trysts in his office
12, 2009 04:30 AM
One of Ontario’s most prominent psychiatrists yesterday admitted to fathering a child with one of his patients and committing sex acts with her in his office for two years.
Samuel Malcolmson, 71, former chief psychiatrist and clinical director at the Queen Street Mental Health Centre, pleaded through his lawyer “no contest” to allegations of sexual abuse of a patient, and to disgraceful, dishonourable and unprofessional conduct.
Malcolmson did not attend the hearing before a disciplinary committee of the Ontario College of Physicians, which revoked his licence. He resigned his practice two weeks ago.
In a letter he wrote to the Star in 1992, Malcolmson expressed how seriously he took sexual offences.
“A sexual relationship in all its forms between a psychiatrist and his/her patient is a grave violation of the doctor-patient relation and an abuse on the part of the psychiatrist,” he wrote in the letter to the editor as president of the Ontario Psychiatric Association.
The Samuel Malcolmson Lecture Theatre stands in his honour as part of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, which replaced the Queen Street Mental Health Centre the year he left in 1998.
In 2000, says an agreed statement of facts, Malcolmson was running a private downtown practice when a 34-year-old woman was referred to him for a psychiatric assessment.
In July 2001, the woman became a regular patient. Soon she and the married psychiatrist were engaging in a variety of sex acts in his office and on trips he took around the province to other clinics.
In February 2003, she became pregnant with his child. That July the woman ceased to be his patient; the baby was born in November.
And the affair continued, the woman said outside the hearing.
“We were together five years,” said the former patient, who cannot be named because of a publication ban on her and the child’s identity.
“After the baby was born, (Malcolmson) asked me to get sterilized,” she said. “He said I was jeopardizing his career. I had it done at St. Michael’s (Hospital) for him.”
The former patient sat composed in the front row throughout the two-hour hearing but did not address the five-member panel. Next to her, when not with a sitter in another room, the child sat drawing pictures with a notepad and pencil.
During breaks, the woman told her story in episodes. As a child she suffered abuse from her mother, she said.
When she first met Malcolmson, she was troubled by poverty.
“I was on welfare,” she said. “I was using food banks. I moved a lot. My life was really hard.”
As the psychiatry sessions progressed, she fell in love with her psychiatrist.
“His wife knew I was pregnant – he told her,” she said of one period in 2003.
An especially rocky period followed, she said. Two weeks after she underwent sterilization he dumped her, she said.
She has custody of the child and Malcolmson pays $1,400 a month in child support, she said.
Along with revoking Malcolmson’s licence, the disciplinary panel ordered that Malcolmson pay $3,650 for the cost of the hearing.
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