Dr. George Doodnaught's boss said he thought he followed protocol when an Oshawa, Ont., woman complained that Doodnaught sexually assaulted her during her surgery in February 2010.
Dr. Stephen Brown, the former chief of anesthesiology at North York General Hospital, testified Friday at Doodnaught's trial. Doodnaught, 64, has pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting 21 patients between 2006 and 2010.
Brown met with several hospital department heads, outlining the allegations and two earlier sexual complaints against Doodnaught.
Brown said that in July 2006, he and the retiring head of anesthesiology, Dr. Derek Shilletto, were in the operating room when he revealed the complaint of the 55-year-woman.
"Shilletto told me there was a complaint against George. It has been dealt with. Nothing to worry about. Something about touching the patient's breast," said Brown.