Manitoba

Plastic surgeon banned from practice after abusing sedated patients

Dr. Marc Bissonnette was given a second chance to practise by the Collège des médecins du Québec after he admitted to having sex with a patient in his office in 1993. That second chance came to an end in 2010, when the college revoked his licence for life after touching two patients in a sexual manner.
Dr. Marc Bissonnette. (CBC News Graphics)

Dr. Marc Bissonnette was given a second chance to practise by the Collège des médecins du Québec after he admitted to having sex with a patient in his office in 1993.

That second chance came to an end in 2010, when the college revoked his licence for life after touching two patients in a sexual manner.

The Montreal plastic surgeon said he had consensual sex with a woman who came in for breast implant surgery in 1993. The patient said she never consented and that she was sedated on the operating table when he penetrated her.

He was acquitted of a criminal sexual assault charge stemming from that incident. But the college's disciplinary committee suspended him for 40 months for having sex with a patient.

Several years later, Bissonnette once again was in trouble. The committee found him guilty of touching a patient in a sexual manner.

According to the findings of the committee, in December 2002, Bissonnette called a patient at home and told her he would perform a surgery to repair nerve damage on her hand at his private clinic, which was closed for the holidays.

She testified he gave her sedatives and touched her clitoris during the course of the procedure. Bissonette was not allowed to treat patients without a chaperone at that time because of the conditions imposed on him.

He was banned from practising for 10 years.

Bissonnette was given a lifetime ban in 2010 after he was found guilty by the college's disciplinary committee of two separate incidents of touching the genitals of patients who were in for breast surgery he performed in his office. Both women were sedated at the time.

He is not currently practising. CBC has been unable to contact him for comment.