Judge rules dismissed med resident can present new evidence in uOttawa legal battle

October 7, 2011

An Ontario Superior Court judge has ruled that Dr. Waleed AlGhaithy, a Saudi doctor dismissed from the University of Ottawa's neurosurgery program, could present new evidence at a judicial review of a January 2011 decision by uOttawa's senate appeal committee upholding his dismissal in 2009. The judge said leaked e-mails between senior officials in the faculty of medicine, along with "troubling" information in documents AlGhaithy obtained, were relevant and met the legal test for the admission of new evidence. The e-mails related to administration anger over a racial discrimination complaint made by AlGhaithy and other Saudi medical students against an assistant professor. The e-mails purportedly suggest that uOttawa viewed AlGhaithy as a "destructive force" within the neurosurgery program who "should be removed" to deter others from making similar complaints. However, they noted this would be difficult as AlGhaithy was one of the best residents in the program. A Superior Court judge will hear the review of the doctor's dismissal in late November. Ottawa Citizen