A Toronto plastic surgeon and self-styled social media influencer has had his licence to practise medication suspended.
In a call launched on Might 12, the disciplinary committee of the Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) suspended the licence of Dr. Martin Jugenburg — who goes by Dr. 6ix on social media — for six months over inappropriate on-line posts and for his use of surveillance cameras in his downtown Toronto clinic.
The choice sparked a blended response from a lady who visited Jugenburg’s clinic, the Toronto Beauty Surgical procedure Institute, in 2018.
“I am glad there’s been some type of actual penalty from him, however on the identical time I do not assume he must be allowed to practise anymore as a medical physician,” she mentioned.
The lady, whose identify is being withheld to guard her id, mentioned she had no thought cameras can be recording her throughout a breast implant session.
“I felt fairly violated and really, very indignant,” she mentioned, recalling the second whereas watching a narrative by CBC’s Market that she realized there could have been cameras recording her session.
In 2018, whereas reporting undercover for a narrative on breast implants, Market producers noticed safety cameras in a closed-door session room at Jugenburg’s clinic.
The school and Ontario’s privateness commissioner each launched investigations into the Jugenburg and his clinic.
They discovered that his clinic operated a community of 24 cameras in places of work, examination rooms, the working room, pre-operative rooms, reception areas, hallways, administrative places of work, a workroom and the workers kitchen.
Recordings of the cameras had been stored in locked closets on the clinic, though there was a smartphone app the place Jugenburg had entry to each stay and archived video surveillance footage at any time.
In a press release, the school mentioned Jugenburg’s actions erode the general public’s belief within the medical occupation.
“It was Jugenburg’s accountability to safeguard the privateness pursuits of the sufferers of his clinic, and his failure to take action quantities to disgraceful, dishonourable, or unprofessional conduct.”
The school estimates that Jugenburg and his workers would have seen hundreds of sufferers within the two years that the cameras had been in operation from January 2017 to December 2018.
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In an e-mail assertion, Jugenburg mentioned affected person security, privateness and high quality care are prime priorities for him and his staff.
“I settle for full accountability for any breach of privateness and confidentiality that occurred in my observe and deeply apologize to sufferers who had been impacted,” he mentioned.
Jugenburg additionally made it clear that the surveillance footage has by no means been launched or posted on social media.
Class motion given the go-ahead
An Ontario Superior Courtroom choose has licensed a class-action lawsuit towards Jugenburg for his use of video surveillance in his clinic.
The assertion of declare alleges that Jugenburg used video cameras to “surreptitiously acquire video and audio recordings of nude or semi-nude sufferers with out their consent.”
These allegations haven’t but been confirmed in courtroom.
Kate Mazzucco, a Toronto lawyer representing the plaintiffs, mentioned she and her staff are happy to see that the courtroom has licensed these claims.
“Sufferers [who] fall throughout the class definition will have the ability to pursue Jugenburg for compensation arising from the intense breaches of privateness which were alleged towards Jugenburg,” Mazzucco mentioned in an e-mail assertion.
The declare estimates that the category motion will embrace 2,500 sufferers.
CBC requested Jugenburg concerning the certification of the class-action lawsuit, however had not obtained a response on the time of publication.
When beforehand requested concerning the class-action lawsuit, Jugenburg advised CBC he intends to vigorously defend himself towards the allegations.
Social media posts
Jugenburg, who has greater than 140,000 followers on Instagram, is well-known on social media for posting before-and-after photographs of his surgical procedures, which embrace breast augmentations, “mommy makeovers” and “Brazilian butt lifts.”
Faculty paperwork additionally present Jugenburg allowed a tv crew to movie a affected person’s breast augmentation with out her knowledgeable consent in 2016 and that his clinic posted before-and-after photographs of one other affected person’s breast augmentation on-line towards her needs that very same yr.
Jugenburg additionally posted before-and-after photographs of a affected person’s 2013 facelift on his web site with out her consent —one thing she did not discover out about till 2018.
The suspension begins on June 11, 30 days after the school rendered its resolution.
Along with the six-month suspension, Jugenburg has been reprimanded. He is additionally been ordered to pay prices to the school of greater than $30,000.