Judges dismiss Saudi doctor's bid to overturn removal from uOttawa residency program

April 16, 2012

A Saudi doctor who is suing the University of Ottawa for over $55 million has lost his bid to overturn his dismissal from the university's neurosurgery residency program. A panel of Ontario Division Court judges rejected the doctor's claim that uOttawa's senate appeals committee violated procedural fairness and acted unreasonably when it upheld the doctor's dismissal from the program in January 2011. Last November, the doctor and 2 other Saudi physicians filed a civil lawsuit against uOttawa, collectively seeking over $150 million in damages for, among other things, alleged discrimination, defamation, and "malfeasance in public office." In 3 decisions dated March 29, the Human Rights Tribunal dismissed the 3 doctors' complaints, stating that it was prohibited from proceeding because the doctors had initiated civil suits based on the same facts and allegations and were seeking similar remedies. Ottawa Citizen