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Disciplinary Decisions & Interim Licence Sanctions

College suspends license of Dr. Spiro Photopoulos of Halifax

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia hereby gives notice that pursuant to Section 54 (1)(c) of the Medical Actof Nova Scotia, Dr. Spiro Photopoulos, a family practitioner in Halifax, is hereby suspended from the practice of medicine. The suspension will continue until further notice. Under the Act, an Investigation Committee of the College may, without a hearing, immediately suspend the license of a physician when it receives information suggesting that the physician may be incompetent, guilty of professional misconduct or conduct unbecoming, and the Investigation Committee concludes that it is in the public interest to suspend the license of the physician. No further information about this case is [...]

College releases reinstatement decision regarding Dr. David Russell of Mount Uniacke

The Hearing Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia has released its decision regarding the conditions for license reinstatement and payment of costs by Dr. David Russell, a family physician in Mount Uniacke. The decision is available HERE. Dr. Russell's license was suspended because he breached the terms of a settlement agreement with the College.

College suspends license of Dr. Leo Wisniowski of Chester Basin

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia has announced that pursuant to a Hearing Committee Decision incorporating a Settlement Agreement, Dr. Leo Wisniowski, a family practitioner in Chester Basin, Nova Scotia, has been suspended from the practice of medicine for a period continuing to and including August 25, 2006. Dr. Wisniowski has agreed to a statement of facts outlined in the Settlement Agreement and admits that he is guilty of professional misconduct. The charges against Dr. Wisniowski relate to sexual boundary violations with a patient to whom he was providing marital counselling. The statement of facts and the penalty to which Dr. Wisniowki has consented are contained in the Settlement Agreement found

College issues consensual reprimand to Dr. Mark Kazimirski of Windsor

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia has issued a reprimand to Dr. Kazimirski, a family practitioner in Windsor, Nova Soctia, as final resolution to a complaint in relation to certain services performed by Dr. Kazimirski in his Observership of an International Medical Graduate. That is, Dr. Kazimirski's MSI billings and other practices outlined below amounted to professional misconduct: Submission of billings to MSI and receipt of payment for twelve medical services provided by an International Medical Graduate to patients on August 15 and 22, 2005. Failure to abide by his Sponsorship Agreement with the College and Capital District Health Authority with regard to the location of the Observership Failure to follow the College's policy regarding Clinical Observership for International Medical [...]

College re-imposes license suspension on Dr. David Russell of Mount Uniacke

The Hearing Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia has re-imposed a suspension of the license of Dr. David Russell of Mount Uniacke, Nova Scotia. The suspension is effective as of Tuesday, May 9, 2006 at 12:01 a.m. and will remain in effect until further determination by the Hearing Committee. As a result, Dr. Russell is no longer permitted to engage in the practice of medicine.

College issues consensual reprimand to Dr. Peter Littlejohn of New Waterford

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia hereby gives notice that on Thursday, March 30, 2006 pursuant to Section 53(12) of the Medical Act, Dr. Peter Littlejohn of New Waterford, Nova Scotia has consented to a reprimand issued by the Investigation Committee of the College. Investigation Committee "A” determined that the following actions with respect to one or more of Dr. Littlejohn's patients constituted professional misconduct and was deserving of a reprimand: 1. Inadequate assessment of substance abuse; 2. Insufficient referrals to pain management consultants; 3. Failure to follow the recommendations of consultants; 4. Inappropriate prescribing of opioids prior to trials of non-opioid therapies; 5. Inappropriate formulation of opioids for patients with [...]

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 [...]