A British-Pakistani plastic surgeon who was the subject of a 2012 Oscar-winning documentary has been suspended from work after being accused of attacking a female patient at his London office.
Dr Mohammed Jawad, who is world-renowned as a reconstructive surgeon working with acid attack victims in Pakistan, is alleged to have attacked the unnamed Polish woman during a consultation in 2012.
The alleged victim told the Daily Mail that Dr Jawad, 55, had “downed a bottle of vodka” before asking her to dance at his surgery in London’s famous Harley Street.
He is then said to have rubbed her neck before wrapping his leg around hers.
She told the Daily Mail that the incident had left her feeling “suicidal” but she decided to speak out to warn other women.
Britain’s doctor’s regulator, the General Medical Council (GMC) suspended Dr Jawad soon after the allegations emerged in November 2013. Dr Jawad, who is married, is said to be contesting the allegations.
The popular and widely-regarded surgeon is a regular fixture at social events in London, particularly within the British Asian community.
He first came to the attention of the British public in 2008 after carrying out a radical new reconstructive procedure on British model Katie Piper who was the victim of a horrific acid attack at the hands of her spurned boyfriend.
In the aftermath of the Quetta earthquake of 2008, Dr Jawad travelled to his native Pakistan to assist in any way he could, only to discover that acid attacks were rife in the country.
Determined to help, Dr Jawad began visiting every three months and with help from charities in Britain and Pakistan, set up free clinics to conduct reconstructive operations.
His work would later become the subject of Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy’s acclaimed documentary ‘Saving Face’, Pakistan’s first Oscar winner.
Dr Jawad’s alleged victim claims that she contacted the surgeon after seeing a Channel 4 documentary on his work with Katie Piper.
“When I spoke to him, his approach was direct, but it didn’t raise any alarm bells. I thought it was just his way”, she tells the Daily Mail.
He allegedly asked her to then bring him a gift from her home country. She later brought a small bottle of vodka – a customary gift in Poland – to an appointment in October 2012.
But when she arrived at his clinic in London, she said she was surprised to see him open the bottle in front of her.
She said: “He poured it into shot glasses – one for me and one for him. Then he gulped it down at once and said, “this **** is good”.
The victim says she also drank hers out of “politeness”.
“But then he got out two crystal glasses and poured out more. He kept drinking it.
“Perhaps I was naïve, but I didn’t know what to do. I thought it would be impolite to get up and leave. I felt trapped.”
She says he began complementing her on her looks and boasted about his work.
He allegedly then went out before returning to the room, pulling the blinds down and putting a Julio Iglesias song on his phone and asked her to dance.
“I was paralysed with shock. I was unable to do anything. He’s a big man, and I was afraid.
“Then he grabbed my forearms and pulled me up towards him. He asked me to dance with him. I managed to get out of his grip and sat back down on my chair.
“He went behind me and started massaging my neck. Then he took a second chair and sat in front of me. He put his two legs around my leg.”
Dr Jawad is then said to have asked her whether she saw him “as a man or a surgeon”. When she replied “surgeon”, he became “angry” and declared the “consultation” over.
Documents submitted by the woman to the GMC reportedly include an email exchange between the two in which the woman complains about his behaviour and he apologizes for his conduct.
The woman also claims that Dr Jawad later called her to assure her that his behaviour was a result of “having a drink without having anything to eat”.
The GMC is due to make a decision later this month on whether Dr Jawad is fit to practise in the UK.
Dr Jawad has refused comment.