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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. Read More…

Practice-Ready Assessment in Family Medicine 

April 5, 2018

The College welcomes the recent Department of Health and Wellness funding announcement of a Practice-Ready Assessment (PRA) program for Family Medicine in Nova Scotia. College staff have worked alongside other stakeholders in defining the program model and will continue to be engaged over coming months as the program is more fully developed.  Read More…


Disciplinary Decisions & Interim Licence Sanctions

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

College Announces Decision Regarding Dr. Richard Leckey

May 10, 2018

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia hereby gives notice that as a result of a complaint and pursuant to the Nova Scotia Medical Act, Dr. Richard Leckey has agreed to a reprimand issued by the College. 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