A Toronto doctor who was once fired from the province’s teaching hospital in an unrelated case has been arrested in an alleged sexual assault investigation, provincial police said Thursday.
Dr. Paul D. Tanenbaum, 50, is facing charges that include sexual assault, invitation to sexual touching and breach of trust, Peel Regional Police said in a news release. The charges were laid after a nurse told officers on Tuesday about a “disturbing allegation of an assault,” Peel Police said. Police did not release the nurse’s name or any further details.
Tanenbaum, who is free on bail, could not be reached for comment on Thursday. The University Health Network, the Toronto-based regional health authority, said in a statement that Tanenbaum, who was recently hired by the organization, is now on leave.
Police said that Tanenbaum worked at a west-end medical clinic called Doctors’ Court. The clinic, which is affiliated with the University Health Network, is part of Peel Regional Public Health.
Tanenbaum’s employment with the UHN was previously terminated due to what the health authority called a “serious allegation of misconduct,” according to the statement.
Tanenbaum has also been arrested for health-care fraud, and was previously suspended from practising medicine, Ontario Court documents show. Tanenbaum resigned as medical director of radiology at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital in 2017 in a separate case, after that hospital’s board of governors voted in 2016 to sever ties with him because of his alleged ties to a clinic that was later alleged to be a fraud, the Toronto Star reported.
Tanenbaum denied the allegations. In a court document, he wrote that he was “being boycotted” by Mount Sinai Health Centre and accused Mount Sinai’s attorney of “bad faith” and “wagering against me” as part of an “offensive smear campaign.”
The Mount Sinai Health Centre wrote in a statement that it had made arrangements to hire Dr. Neil Shear, Tanenbaum’s current employment manager, as the new medical director of radiology. Shear’s tenure is based on a contract, the health-care organization wrote, and he will report to the radiology department head.
“The new role of medical director of radiology will provide a critical clinical leadership role for MR. Dr. Shear, who also brings significant experience in radiology to the region,” it said.
Tanenbaum served as medical director of radiology at Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) until 2016, when he resigned, The Ottawa Citizen reported. He said in a 2017 newspaper interview that he left that position because he was no longer teaching at the hospital, and because he was working elsewhere.
CHEO released a statement saying that Tanenbaum taught at the hospital as part of a clinical rotation that all clinical interns attend. “We do not have evidence to support the allegations of misconduct and Dr. Tanenbaum has been placed on administrative leave,” the hospital wrote in a statement.
The Sun-Chronicle reported that Darnell Currie, a neurologist at CHEO, told the newspaper that Tanenbaum taught at the hospital between August 2016 and May 2017. Currie said the sessions were emotional, adding that it was “really weird” that he says Tanenbaum told them he had been treated by chiropractors and acupuncturists.
“He had said it as a joke,” Currie told the newspaper. “A little seedy.”
Tanenbaum is scheduled to appear in court on July 17.