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Hearing & Investigation Committee Decisions

  • College Announces Decision Regarding Dr. Amy Wambolt

    The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia hereby gives notice that as a result of a complaint respecting patient care, Dr. Amy Wambolt has agreed to a consensual reprimand, and to make a contribution to the costs of the College’s investigation. 

    Read a summary of the Investigation Committee decision


  • College Announces Decision Regarding Dr. Franklyn Vincent

    The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia hereby gives notice that as a result of a complaint respecting the writing of an unsolicited opinion letter, Dr. Franklyn Vincent has agreed to a consensual reprimand, and to make a contribution to the costs of the College’s investigation. 

    Read a summary of the Investigation Committee decision.


  • College Announces Decision Regarding Dr. Jose Ramirez-Morejon

    The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia hereby gives notice that a Hearing Committee has issued a decision dated August 8, 2022, accepting a Settlement Agreement under subsection 103(1) of the Medical Act.

    In the Settlement Agreement, Dr. Ramirez-Morejon admitted to particulars of a pattern of conduct over a period of six months, which amounted to sexual harassment of a colleague in his workplace. In addition to agreeing to make a contribution to the College’s costs of the investigation of the complaint, Dr. Ramirez-Morejon  agreed to a reprimand, a suspension of his Clinical Assistant Licence for a period of two months (which has already been served), and a condition requiring successful completion of a course on Ethics and Boundaries. 

    Read the Hearing Committee’s decision.


  • College Announces Decision Regarding Dr. George Richardson

    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. George Richardson has agreed to a six-month suspension of his registration and medical license.

    A Hearing Committee has accepted this agreement. Dr. Richardson committed professional misconduct by having sexual intercourse with a vulnerable patient in 1990. He also lacked candour in a letter to the Registrar of the Medical Board in 1990 when he failed to disclose the sexual intercourse. The reasons for the Hearing Committee’s decision are below.

    Read the Hearing Committee Decision (PDF)


  • College Announces Decision Regarding Dr. Ronald Matsusaki

    The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia hereby gives notice that a consensual reprimand has been agreed upon between the Investigation Committee and Dr. Matsusaki, regarding Dr. Matsusaki’s breach of the College’s requirement to maintain the confidentiality of all materials gathered during the investigation of a complaint.

    Summary of the Decision


  • College Announces Decision Regarding Dr. Lisa Dearman

    The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia hereby gives notice that a Hearing Committee has issued a decision dated November 23, 2021, accepting a Settlement Agreement under subsection 103(1) of the Medical Act.

    The Hearing Committee accepted the following sanctions:

    • Dr. Dearman’s licence to practice medicine is suspended for a two week period. (Following the issuing of the decision, it was agreed that the two week suspension would take place between November 28- December 12, 2021, inclusive).
    • In addition, a previous restriction imposed by the Hearing Committee that Dr. Dearman shall post a sign in all clinic waiting rooms and examination rooms where she sees patients, advising she is restricted from prescribing narcotic medications, shall remain in effect at all times while she is engaging in the practice of medicine.

    Read the Hearing Committee decision.