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Friday, October 16, 2015

Professor John Kearsley's fall from grace

Professor John Kearsley is Director of Radiation Oncology at St George Hospital in Sydney, and conjoint professor at the University of NSW.

He is founder of the Prostate Cancer Institute (PCI) at St George Hospital.  In his 30 year career, during which he published 130 peer-reviewed papers, he regards his most important work as "In the Night-Time of Your Fear.  The Anatomy of Compassion in the Healing of the Sick."

But his feeling of compassion went out the window when he invited a 32 year old colleague to his home in Glebe for dinner. When she wasn't looking, he slipped a drug into her glass of wine and she woke up to find her top had been removed and the 63 year old professor sucking her nipple.

Yesterday, the professor pleaded guilty and will be sentenced on 26 February 2016.

The offences occurred in November 2013 when the woman was working as a registrar.  A spokesman for the UNSW said the university is "reviewing Dr Kearsley's conjoint appointment" and his conduct "is entirely inconsistent with our Code of Conduct."

The professor hasn't worked at St George Hospital since the allegations were taken to police in February 2014.

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

Edit:  Late Friday afternoon the Medical Council of NSW told the ABC it had suspended Kearsley's registration.