Dr Joseph Georghy – Registration cancelled for Professional misconduct

10 April 2019

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal against Dr Joseph Georghy, a general practitioner practising in the areas of cosmetic and integrative medicine.  The complaint alleged that the practitioner was guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct by breaching professional boundaries and committing sexual misconduct in relation to two female patients.  Specifically, it was alleged that Dr Georghy:
• performed inappropriate intimate examinations on Patients A and B without clinical indication and without obtaining informed consent,
• referred Patient A for testing and provided advice in relation to cancer treatment which was not requested and was outside the scope of conventional medicine, and
• made inappropriate comments of a sexual nature to Patient B whilst performing an intimate medical procedure.

The complaint also alleged that he:
• grossly overcharged for services
• made misleading statements about his qualifications on his website, and
• breached a condition on his registration, by treating around 30 female patients over an 18 month period.

On 4 March 2019, the Tribunal found the complaint proven and that Dr Georghy was guilty of professional misconduct.  In its protective orders, the Tribunal cancelled the practitioner’s registration and prohibited him from applying to be re-registered for a period of three years. The Tribunal also made an order prohibiting the practitioner from providing any health services while unregistered.

The full decision is available here.

Further Information

For further information, contact the Executive Officer of the Health Care Complaints Commission, on 9219 7444 or send an email to media@hccc.nsw.gov.au.

The information in this media release is correct at the time of publication. Orders may change; for example, conditions may no longer apply. For current information regarding the status of a registered health practitioner, including any conditions that currently apply, please check the National Register at www.ahpra.gov.au.