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Notice of Hearing Regarding Dr. Arif Samad

July 16, 2018

Pursuant to the Medical Act, a Hearing Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia will convene to consider allegations of professional misconduct and/or incompetence regarding Dr. Arif Samad. The date and location of the Hearing once determined will be made available.

Notice of Hearing

New College President

May 25, 2018

The College is pleased to announce that Dr. Mary Oxner, PhD, CPA, CA, CFA, has been appointed President for the 2018-2020 term.

Dr. Oxner has had a distinguished career in the financial field, including acting as Senior Vice President of Quorum Funding Corporation and Chief Financial Officer of Quorum Growth Inc. Dr. Oxner currently works as an associate professor at the Gerald Schwartz School of Business at St. Francis Xavier University. Read More…


Disciplinary Decisions & Interim Licence Sanctions

College Announces Decision Regarding Dr. Enyinnaya Ezema

July 17, 2018

A Hearing Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia has released its disposition in the case of Dr. Enyiannaya Ezema, pursuant to Sections 53 and 115 of the Nova Scotia Medical Act.

On September 17, 2017, the Committee found Dr. Ezema guilty of professional misconduct having breached professional and/or sexual boundaries arising from inappropriate comments and conduct toward two professional colleagues. The Hearing Committee resumed January, 2018 to hear submissions prepared by the College and counsel for Dr. Ezema regarding the penalty to be imposed. The Hearing Committee’s decision and disposition were released July 3, 2018 and are provided below.

Hearing Committee Decision
Hearing Committee Decision and Disposition

College Announces Decision Regarding Dr. Bradley Atkinson

June 4, 2018

The College gives notice of a Settlement Agreement reached between the College and Dr. Bradley Atkinson, approved by the Hearing Committee of the College on May 31, 2018. The written decision of the Hearing Committee with reasons for the approval of the Settlement Agreement will be provided when available and published on the College’s website when released.

The effect of this Settlement Agreement is to immediately lift the suspension of Dr. Atkinson’s license to practise medicine imposed in June, 2016, permitting him to return to practice under restrictions as listed in the Settlement Agreement. 

Summary of Decision



Licensed Physicians in Nova Scotia as of May 31, 2018

Licence Type Total
Full Licence 2,236
Defined Licence    102
Academic Licence      63
Clinical Assistant      24
Restricted Licence      14
Defined Licence – Term        1
Total 2,440

*This data represents a physician head count, not a total of full-time equivalent practising physicians. Read More…

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About the College

The College’s 2017 Annual Report (PDF – 32 pages)

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia serves the public by regulating the province’s medical profession in accordance with the Nova Scotia Medical Act and its regulations.

All physicians in Nova Scotia must be licensed by the College in order to practise medicine in the province.

The duties of the College include:

  • Licensing qualified and competent physicians to practise medicine
  • Investigating and resolving physician-related complaints on behalf of the public
  • Monitoring and maintaining standards of practice through peer assessment
  • Developing professional standards and guidelines to support high standards of medical practice and ethical conduct

2017 Annual Report
2017 Financial Statements