Female patient claims Harley Street dentist, 28, ‘used me and got rid of me’

  • Patient A claims she had not pursue the dentist and did not send him messages
  • Dr Sahil Patel is an associate dentist at the Harley Street Smile Clinic in London
  • He took patient to dinner at Savoy after completing her veneer treatment
  • Hearing told the pair then went to hotel and had sex hours after the treatment
  • Patel could face a ban by General Dental Council if his ‘fitness to practise was impaired by misconduct’ 

A female patient claims her Harley Street dentist ‘used me and got rid of me’ when he wined and dined her at the Savoy before having sex with her in her hotel room hours after treating her.

Dr Sahil Patel, 28, twice met up with patient A at a pub after providing her with his mobile phone number.  

He then took the patient out to dinner at the Savoy in London on November 1 last year after completing her veneer treatment. 

They carried on drinking until after midnight, when the dentist said he could not get home ‘as there are no underground trains,’ the General Dental Council heard.

Dr Patel then went to the patient’s hotel room across the street and had sex with her, the tribunal heard.

However the patient denied she had pursued Dr Patel and said she ‘did not send him any messages that were proactive.’  

She said ‘I never once asked that man out or did anything to spur him on. I did not ask him out. 

‘He had lied to me about the train to get into my hotel room. No part of me was leading him on. I did not send him any messages that were proactive.’

Harley Street dentist Dr Sahil Patel, 28, wined and dined a patient at the Savoy then had sex with her in her hotel room hours after treating her, a hearing was told

Asked by Dr Patel’s counsel if she was ‘at least equal in making the running’ for their dates, she replied ‘absolutely not.’

Concluding her evidence of the first day of the hearing, Patient A added:’ My dentist used me and got rid of me.

‘I was shocked. His behaviour was rotten.’    

During the hearing the patient explained she had told the dentist she would be in London in October 2019 and suggested they could meet up.

She said: ‘He said he wanted to take me out’

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The hearing was told that the patient had described emails from the dentist as probing into her life.

She said they had a mutual interest in property development and were both landlords and any meeting was not of a sexual nature but over their shared interests.

Patient A denied that she flirted with the dentist in a series of text messages they swapped.

She also denied that she was flirting by telling him she needed to shower before they met up.

Patient A said that after they met at a pub in west London she understood to have

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Sydney dentist Peter Carr performed surgery on female patient while his genitals were exposed

A Sydney dentist who was found guilty of indecently assaulting a young dental nurse also performed surgery on a patient with his genitals exposed.

Peter David Carr, 76, is currently suspended from practice but is now facing disciplinary action by the Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC), including the cancellation of his registration.

The New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) found the dentist guilty of unsatisfactory and unethical conduct for working with his genitals exposed and tying another patient’s wrists and ankles together with computer cables.

Details of his conduct at the Smile Care Dental practice in Double Bay were released by the tribunal this week.

It included an incident in May 2016 in which he performed surgery while his genitals, “namely his semi-erect penis and testicles, were inappropriately exposed and hanging out of his jeans zipper”.

A younger female dental nurse noticed his physical state after picking an item off the floor, seeing his genitals protruding under his dental gown.

Documents showed Dr Carr explained his version of the incident to the Dental Council of NSW several months later, stating he may have forgotten to secure his trouser buttons after going to the bathroom in a hurry and was most likely not wearing underpants.

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Peter Carr was found guilty of performing surgery with his genitals out of his trousers.(Instagram)

The tribunal also found him guilty over a separate incident in November 2016 in which he administered a female patient with the drug Triazolam, including one dose which was inhaled through her nose from a rolled-up banknote.

He also tied his patient’s wrists and legs together with computer cables before a procedure to fit the patient with 10 veneers.

In response, Dr Carr stated the patient requested her hands and legs to be tied together as she would be more comfortable.

The hearing was told Dr Carr also lacked adequate training to safely administer Triazolam and failed to identify that the patient had previously taken another drug, Stilnox.

In relation to his previous convictions, the tribunal found Dr Carr also failed to notify the Dental Board of Australia within seven days, after being charged and found guilty for being in possession of cocaine at a Darlinghurst nightclub in February 2016.

Dr Carr was given a good behaviour bond for cocaine possession.

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In 2018 he was also convicted of a string of offences for three separate incidents in 2016 including pushing his dental nurse against a wall while attempting to kiss her, slapping her buttocks with his hand and opening her scrubs after forcefully grabbing her shoulder.

Dr

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Yale Medicine Board elects new female chair, four new members

Jessie Cheung, Contributing Photographer

The Yale Medicine Board has elected a new female chair and has nominated and ratified four other female faculty members.

Nita Ahuja, the current chair of the surgery department at the Yale School of Medicine and an assistant director at the Yale Cancer Center, was elected as the new chair of the board in October. The four other women appointed to the board were Michele Johnson, Marie Robert, Marietta Vazquez and Merceditas Villanueva. The appointment of these five new members increased the gender and racial equity of the 27-member board.

“A board governing practice should have racial and gender composition matching the members of the clinical practice they represent,” Margaret Bia — professor emerita of medicine and a member of the Committee on the Status of Women in Medicine, or SWIM — wrote in an email News. SWIM aims to address issues related to gender equality at the Yale School of Medicine.

According to Bia, the Yale Medicine Board, which represents Yale Medicine, has had a problem with diversity in the past. She mentioned that Paula Kavathas — professor of laboratory medicine, immunobiology and molecular, cellular and developmental biology — noticed this issue a few years ago while she was serving on the board and resolved to fix it.

As stated by Kavathas, the board is composed of 18 clinical chiefs, which were almost exclusively men, and nine ad hoc chairs. When she was a member of the board, only three of the clinical chiefs and one of the ad hoc chairs were female.

“At the time, the Yale Medicine group was about 40 percent female,” Kavathas said. “But when I looked at the [board] structure, they were more than 90 percent male.”

In an effort to change the board’s composition, Kavathas emailed all the women faculty in the clinical departments to ask them if they would like to serve on the board as an ad hoc member. She then recommended the candidates to Paul Taheri, the chief executive officer of Yale Medicine, and Roberta Hines, the head of the nominating committee for the board. The following year, nearly 40 percent of the board was female.

According to Gary Desir, previous chair of the Yale Medicine Board, this year, the board has taken new initiative to increase its diversity by focusing on additional outreach.

“The idea was to reach out more broadly than before and include SWIM, which is the Committee on the Status of Women in Medicine, and MORE, which is the Minority Organization for Retention and Expansion,” Desir said.

As per the initiative, the Yale Medicine Board reached out to the head of SWIM, Nina Stachenfeld, and asked her to suggest two candidates to be considered for the board, according to Bia. This led to the changes and additions to board leadership — the four new faculty members and new board chair. 

Ahuja, the board’s new chair, has served as the first female chair of surgery at Yale since February 2018, as well as

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These Female Healthcare Workers Are Rural India’s First Defense Against COVID-19

Archana Ghugare’s ringtone, a Hindu devotional song, has been the background score of her life since March. By 7 a.m. on a mid-October day, the 41-year-old has already received two calls about suspected COVID-19 cases in Pavnar, her village in the Indian state of Maharashtra. As she gets ready and rushes out the door an hour later, she receives at least four more.

“My family jokes that not even Prime Minister Modi gets as many calls as I do,” she says.

Ghugare, and nearly a million other Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) assigned to rural villages and small towns across India, are on the front lines of the country’s fight against the coronavirus. Every day, Ghugare goes door to door in search of potential COVID-19 cases, working to get patients tested or to help them find treatment.

With 8 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, India has the second-highest tally in the world after the United States and its health infrastructure struggled to cope with the surge in COVID-19 patients this summer. India spends only 1.3% of its GDP on public health care, among the lowest in the world. The situation is stark in rural areas where 66% of India’s 1.3 billion people live and where health facilities are scant and medical professionals can be hard to find.

India’s ASHA program is likely the world’s largest army of all-female community health workers. They are the foot soldiers of the country’s health system. Established in 2005, a key focus of the program was reducing maternal and infant deaths, so all recruits are women. They have also played an essential role in India’s efforts to eradicate polio and increase immunization, according to numerous studies.

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But even as health authorities have leaned on ASHAs to quell the spread of COVID-19 in rural areas, where a substantial number of new cases have been reported, many of these health care workers say the government is failing them. Pay was meager to begin with, but some workers have reported not being paid for months. Their hours have increased dramatically, but pay rises, when they have come, have not reflected the increased demands. Many ASHAs have also complained about not being provided adequate protective equipment for their high-risk work.

“They are the unsung heroes who are fighting to contain the unfettered spread of the virus in rural areas,” says Dr. Smisha Agarwal, Research Director at the John Hopkins Global Health Initiative. She argues it is vital to improve pay to boost morale and sustain this frontline workforce.

Ghugare was chosen from her village of 7,000 people in 2011. Since then, she has overseen countless births, meticulously monitored the health of thousands of newborn babies and strictly ensured immunization through door-to-door awareness campaigns. The personal relationships she built over the years have helped in the fight against COVID-19, giving her a good grasp of the medical histories of most of the 1,500 people assigned to her. “It’s all in

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Study Finding Patients of Female Surgeons Fare Better is Removed

An Elsevier journal has, for the moment, removed a paper which found that the patients of female surgeons fare better than those treated by men.

Although the journal didn’t provide an explanation for the move — unfortunately not unusual for Elsevier — a spokesman for the publisher told us that reader complaints about the methodology and statistics in the article prompted the action.

The paper, which appeared last month in Surgery — the official journal of the Society of University Surgeons, Central Surgical Association Central Surgical Association, and the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons — was written by a group at the University of South Florida, in Tampa, led by Tara M. Barry, a general surgery resident at the institution.

“Battle of the sexes: The effect of surgeon gender on postoperative in-hospital mortality,” isn’t available on the journal website. However, a conference abstract by the authors states:

Patients who underwent bariatric procedures, mastectomy and open cholecystectomy had lower rates of in-hospital mortality if the surgeon was female while male surgeons did not have a significant mortality advantage for any of the 25 procedures. Further studies examining national data may provide additional insight regarding the effect of surgeon gender on patient outcomes.

According to the notice, which Elsevier styles a “temporary removal”:

The publisher regrets that this article has been temporarily removed. A replacement will appear as soon as possible in which the reason for the removal of the article will be specified, or the article will be reinstated.

The paper — isn’t the first to find the gender effect in surgery — drew a bit of attention on social media. Most mentions simply called attention to the article. But one surgeon, Olga Muldoon, raised questions about the work:


 

We emailed Barry for comment but have not heard back.

Elsevier’s Andrew Davis told us:

It appears that, soon after the paper appeared online, the journal has received a complaint regarding the methodology and the statistics included in the paper. The Editors-in-Chief have decided to temporarily remove the Article-in-Press until the investigation is completed.

 

When the investigation will be finished, the AiP will be either reinstated on Science Direct or permanently withdrawn.

This article originally appeared on Retraction Watch.

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