Victoria doctor fined for using sexualized language during consult with pre-teen patient

A Victoria orthopedic surgeon has been fined $7,500 for calling a pre-teen girl a “loose woman” during a consultation.

Dr. Bruce Taro Yoneda admitted to investigators that he engaged in unprofessional conduct when he used sexualized language during a surgical consult with a pre-teen patient, according to a public disciplinary notice shared by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C.

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The doctor also admitted to telling the girl he would give her a “lube job,” and acknowledged he did not provide a clear ­explanation to the pre-teen before questioning her about her menstrual cycle.

Yoneda works at more than one clinic in Greater Victoria and could not immediately be reached at Bayside Medical Centre or the Shelbourne Medical Clinic for comment.

Orthopedic surgeons specialize in bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles. They use surgical and non-surgical means to treat musculoskeletal trauma, sports injuries, degenerative diseases, infections, arthritis and tumours, according to Island Health.

The college’s inquiry committee conducted an investigation into Yoneda’s conduct and concluded “his use of inappropriate language displayed a lack of insight.” The committee found the conduct contrary to the college’s standards.

The college issued a $7,500 fine and formally reprimanded Yoneda. His registration as a physician has been transferred to conditional-disciplined, which means he is subject to limits or conditions imposed as part of a consent agreement he entered into.

He is required to attend a course in professionalism in medical practice and participate in a program on clinical communication that is approved by the college.

regan-elliott@timescolonist.com

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