The surgeon has been banned from working in the UK after sending to love letter to his patient
Consultant Sachiendra Amaragiri, 59, carried out a bowel examination on the woman, known only as Patient A, last September.
Weeks she received a love-note from him saying treating her had “twanged some distant cord which had laid dormant,” a Medical Practitioners Tribunal heard.
The disciplinary panel have now found the Indian-born specialist guilty of misconduct and banned him from working in the UK.
At the hearing in Manchester, tribunal chair Valerie Paterson said: “Dr Amaragiri abused his professional position to pursue a sexually motivated contact with Patient A.
Amaragiri used his position and access to Patient A's personal information to send the letter
“His behaviour was predatory and caused profound emotional distress to Patient A and her family. She is now afraid of doctors.
“He violated Patient A’s privacy by misusing her personal details to send her an unsolicited letter wholly inappropriate in its content.
“This was not a momentary lapse of judgement, it involved planning.”
His behaviour was predatory and caused profound emotional distress
Tribunal chair Valerie Paterson
Last week, the tribunal heard how Patient A was admitted to the Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley, West Midlands, in July 2015 with stomach pains.
She was referred to Dr Amaragiri, from Consett, Co Durham, and the following September underwent a colonoscopy, when a camera’s passed into the patient’s bowel.
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Mr Kitching explained: “After the procedure, she received the biopsy results and they were all clear. But soon after that she received a letter.”
The Indian-born surgeon was struck off from Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley
Mr Amaragiri’s private note read: “For a number of weeks now, I have strongly resisted writing this.
“However, my feelings and my emotions have taken the better of my logical rational reasoning.
“When you stepped into my clinic, I was taken aback by your presence. You twanged some distant cord which had laid dormant in me for so many years.
In a statement the surgeon stressed that he did not mean to cause any distress to the patient
“You induced unusually extraordinary tender feelings of weakness in my emotional setting. I have been unable to fathom this power you hold on me.
“May I have the honour of inviting you for an afternoon coffee or tea in a place of your choice?”
The medical panel heard at first Patient A was baffled over who had sent her the love letter but then twigged it “was from the colonoscopy doctor.”
It was said that she was shocked when she read the letter and then began to panic.
Patient A – who has since been discharged healthy from the hospital – claims the unwanted affections left her with a “lack of trust in doctors generally”.
Mr Amaragiri denied taking advantage of her and dismissed his letter as a “moment of madness and an indiscreet, irrational action.”
In a statement he stressed: “I never had any intention of causing any hurt.
“I did invite her for a social drink – this was a mistake. I did have feelings but pure from my heart.”