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Disciplinary Decisions & Interim Licence Sanctions

College issues consensual reprimand to Dr. Wayne Gorman of Yarmouth

On February 20, 2006 Dr. Wayne Gorman consented to a reprimand issued by Investigation Committee “A” of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia. Investigation Committee “A” determined that a reprimand was warranted due to the following: 1. In 2000, Dr. Gorman obtained a prescription for a narcotic for self use, claiming that another physician would be writing the prescription for it; and 2. Between 1998 and 2000 Dr. Gorman wrote numerous prescriptions for narcotics for self use. Investigation Committee “A” noted that in the course of resolving the complaint against him, Dr. Gorman followed a rehabilitation program directed toward recovery. In September 2001, Dr. Gorman voluntarily withdrew from the practice of medicine. Dr. Gorman was monitored for substance abuse, and was found not to have […]

College issues consensual reprimand to Dr. Richard Baron Stern of Kentville

On February 21, 2006 Dr. Richard Stern of Kentville , Nova Scotia consented to a reprimand issued by Investigation Committee “A” of the College. The consent reprimand arose from a complaint filed by the family members of patient X, who had been admitted to an intensive care unit of a hospital. With respect to the conduct of Dr. Stern in his care of patient X, Investigation Committee “A” determined that a reprimand was due to the following: 1. With respect to a morning visit made by Dr. Stern to patient X, Dr. Stern failed to document this visit; 2. With respect to a subsequent visit by Dr. Stern to patient X, Dr. Stern failed to appropriately document this visit and in particular to include his […]

College releases Hearing Committee Decision in Dr. David Russell case

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia announced today the release of a Hearing Committee Decision incorporating a Settlement Agreement in the case of Dr. David Russell, a Family Physician in Mount Uniacke, Nova Scotia. Dr. Russell has agreed that he is guilty of professional misconduct and/or professional incompetence arising out of physical or mental incapacity. He has also agreed that he has a substance dependency which has adversely impacted his ability to practice medicine. Specifically, he has admitted to the following allegations contained in the Settlement Agreement: Commencing in or about September 2003, he used narcotics or other controlled substances by taking oral doses of Demerol, Percocet and MS-Contin from office supplies of these medications intended for […]

College issues consensual reprimand to Dr. Thomas Hydorn of Amherst

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia hereby gives notice that as a result of a complaint and pursuant to Section 53 (12) (h) of the Medical Act, Dr. Thomas Hydorn of Amherst has elected to accept a reprimand issued by the College as final resolution of the matter. A reprimand is a finding of professional misconduct that is entered on a doctor’s formal discipline record. Dr. Hydorn’s pattern of prescribing was deemed irresponsible in the following areas and was found to put the patient, and potentially the community, at risk: 1) Benzodiazepine prescribing: a) lack of clear assessment and diagnosis to support benzodiazepine prescribing; b) the prescribing of high doses of benzodiazepines in the context […]

College issues consensual reprimand to Dr. Robert J. Cooper of Pictou

Dr. Robert J. Cooper, a family practitioner in Pictou, Nova Scotia, has consented to a reprimand issued by Investigation Committee “A” of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia with respect to a complaint from a patient. The Committee was concerned that during an emergency room visit by the patient, Dr. Cooper failed to conduct an adequate history of the patient’s complaint; failed to conduct an adequate physical examination; and failed to arrange an emergency neurosurgical consultation. The Committee also expressed concerns about the content, completeness, and legibility of the portion of the medical record for which Dr. Cooper was responsible. The Committee has acknowledged the work Dr. Cooper has undertaken to improve his practice in the area […]

Notice of Reprimand – Nova Scotia Psychiatrist

A Nova Scotia psychiatrist has consented to a reprimand issued by Investigation Committee “A” of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia. To protect patient confidentiality, the identity of the psychiatrist will not be disclosed.In its letter of reprimand, the Investigation Committee expressed concern that the psychiatrist had failed to establish and maintain appropriate professional boundaries by being involved in the psychiatric care of a family member; specifically:1. Providing primary psychiatric care to a family member despite the ready availability of a local psychiatrist who had already cared for the patient. (A contravention of the Canadian Medical Association Code of Ethics [2004], Section 11.) 2. Prescribing new psychotropic medications (Dexedrine […]

College suspends license of Dr. William Hunter Blair of Barrington Passage

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia has announced that pursuant to a Hearing Committee Decision incorporating a Settlement Agreement, Dr. William Hunter Blair, a general practitioner in Barrington Passage, Nova Scotia, has been suspended from the practice of medicine for six months commencing Saturday, June 18, 2005. Dr. Blair has admitted to allegations outlined in a Notice of Hearing and admits that he is guilty of professional misconduct. The allegations against Dr. Blair relate to the inappropriate prescribing of controlled substances. Dr. Blair has agreed to a statement of facts regarding the case. This statement is contained in a Hearing Committee Decision / Settlement Agreement that is available