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Proposed new Bill Protects the Rights of 2SLGBTIQ+ Youth with Prohibition on Harmful Therapy

September 12, 2018

In June, the College of Physicians and Surgeons wrote a letter to the Minister of Health regarding media reports of the delivery of “conversion” or “reparative” therapy in Nova Scotia. The College clearly stated its opposition to this intervention and to the premise that sexuality or gender identity is a pathology that may or should be cured. The College stated that such interventions did not belong anywhere within the practice of medicine.

Sexual orientation or gender identity change efforts refer to practices that attempt to change a 2SLGBTIQ+ person’s sexual orientation or gender identity through various means including counselling, behaviour modification and/or the use of medications.

On September 11th, the College attended the legislative briefing session regarding the provincial government’s proposed new law, The Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Protection Act. The College supports this legislation which will protect and uphold the rights of 2SLGBTIQ+ Nova Scotians. Read More…

Notice of Referral to Hearing Regarding Dr. Juan Rivas

September 4, 2018

The Investigation Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia has referred specific matters regarding Dr. Juan Rivas to a Hearing Committee pursuant to the Medical Act.

The College charges Dr. Juan Rivas with professional misconduct.

Notice of Hearing

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


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



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

Strategic Plan: 2018 – 2019
2017 Annual Report & Financial Statements