A Toronto plastic surgeon and self-styled social media influencer has had his licence to practise drugs suspended.
In a call launched on Might 12, the disciplinary committee of the School 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 combined response from a lady who visited Jugenburg’s clinic, the Toronto Beauty Surgical procedure Institute, in 2018.
“I am glad there’s been some kind of actual penalty from him, however on the identical time I do not suppose he needs to be allowed to practise anymore as a medical physician,” she mentioned.
The girl, whose title is being withheld to guard her identification, mentioned she had no thought cameras can be recording her throughout a breast implant session.
“I felt fairly violated and really, very offended,” she mentioned, recalling the second whereas watching a narrative by CBC’s Market that she realized there might have been cameras recording her session.
One girl who visited Jugenburg’s clinic for a breast augmentation session in 2018 mentioned she would by no means have gone if she’d identified there can be cameras recording the appointment. (CBC)
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 have been saved in locked closets on the clinic, though there was a smartphone app the place Jugenburg had entry to each dwell 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 have 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 crew.
“I settle for full accountability for any breach of privateness and confidentiality that occurred in my apply and deeply apologize to sufferers who have 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 decide 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 accumulate 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 crew are happy to see that the courtroom has licensed these claims.
“Sufferers [who] fall inside the class definition will be capable of pursue Jugenburg for compensation arising from the intense breaches of privateness which have been alleged towards Jugenburg,” Mazzucco mentioned in an e-mail assertion.
The declare estimates that the category motion will embody 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 instructed 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 images of his surgical procedures, which embody breast augmentations, “mommy makeovers” and “Brazilian butt lifts.”
School 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 images of one other affected person’s breast augmentation on-line towards her needs that very same 12 months.
Jugenburg makes use of his social media accounts for what he calls instructional functions, displaying before-and-after photos in addition to actual in-surgery images and movies. (Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star through Getty Pictures)
Jugenburg additionally posted before-and-after images 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.