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Notice of Hearing Regarding Dr. Arif Samad

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 (PDF – 2 pages)

Addendum to the Notice of Hearing regarding Dr. Arif Samad

July 18, 2019

Due to additional information having been received by the College, the Notice of Hearing Regarding Dr. Arif Samad has been withdrawn.  The matter has been resolved without a licensing sanction.


New College President

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia is pleased to announce that Dr. Mary Oxner, PhD, CA, CFA, has been appointed College President for the 2018-2020 term.

Dr. Oxner has had a distinguished career in the financial field, including acting as Senior Vice President of Quorum Funding Corporation and Chief Financial Officer of Quorum Growth Inc. Dr. Oxner currently works as an associate professor at the Gerald Schwartz School of Business at St. Francis Xavier University.

Dr. Oxner has been serving as a public member of the Council since 2014. She currently sits on the Finance and Audit, Investigation and Executive committees.

Physicians Elected to Council

As a result of the March elections, the following physician was elected to the College’s Council:

  • John Ross, a Halifax emergency physician was re-elected in District 5 (Halifax County).

The College extends thanks to all physicians who ran in the Council election and to all those who served on Council and committees in the past year.

Annual General Meeting

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia invites you to attend its Annual General Meeting.

Friday, May 25, 2018
3:30 p.m.

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia
7071 Bayers Road, Suite 5005

If you wish to attend, please RSVP no later than Wednesday, May 16, 2018.

Carolyn MacDonald

Annual General Meeting Package

Practice-Ready Assessment in Family Medicine

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.

Procedures for receiving applications, screening the credentials of prospective candidates and selection into the clinical practice assessment will be announced by the program as they are developed.

The new PRA program will not be managed by the College. For further information please contact the Department of Health and Wellness or the Nova Scotia Health Authority.

Prescribing Methadone – Removal of Health Canada Exemption

Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor announced March 26 the federal government will introduce regulatory amendments to the Controlled Drug and Substances Act (CDSA).

Currently, physicians who wish to prescribe methadone for the treatment of pain or for use in opioid replacement therapy must apply for an exemption from the CDSA. For an application to be approved, Health Canada requires a letter of support from the College. The proposed amendments, anticipated to be in place in May, will lift the need for such exemptions.

As with all questions on expanding the scope of practice, the College expects physicians intending to prescribe methadone to be well trained. The College would expect physicians to have taken the relevant courses offered by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

Methadone is an important tool in the treatment of both pain and opioid use disorder.  It is, however, not without risk.  It is hoped that the announcement by the Health Minister will encourage physicians to enter this field.  The expectation of the College is that those choosing to enter this important field will do so only with the appropriate knowledge and training.

College Announces Retirement of Dr. Erica Gilliatt

Dr. Erica Gilliatt has retired from the practice of medicine effective January 24, 2018. As such, Dr. Gilliatt will no longer provide medical advice.

If you were a patient of Dr. Gilliatt and have questions regarding your medical records, please contact Dr. Gilliatt by phone or email. Phone number: 902-800-2988. Email:

College Welcomes Immigration Announcement

The College welcomes today’s announcement by Immigration Minister Lena Diab of a new immigration stream for doctors looking to come to the province. The new stream makes the immigration process easier and faster for internationally trained primary care doctors and specialists who have approved job offers from the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) or the IWK Health Centre.

“The College had met with Immigration Nova Scotia and had identified opportunities to remove duplication for physicians wishing to immigrate and become licensed to practice medicine in our province and we are delighted to see this new process move forward,” said Dr. Gus Grant, Registrar and CEO of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia.

The College already determines eligibility for medical licensure, including the verification of education, training and practice experience of all applicants. As well, the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the IWK assess education, language ability, certification and credential recognition as part of their hiring process. The new stream will rely on these assessments, eliminating duplication.

“The public entrusts the College to effectively license qualified physicians and we have made it a priority to offer eligible physicians an easy and efficient process for licensure,” said Dr. Grant.

More information for physicians is available at Nova Scotia Immigration.

Notice of Hearing Re-Convening Regarding Dr. Enyinnaya Ezema

A Hearing Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia will re-convene to consider allegations of professional misconduct and conduct unbecoming against Dr. Enyinnaya Ezema.

The Hearing will take place at the offices of McInnes Cooper (Suite 1300, Purdy’s Wharf, Tower II, 1969 Upper Water Street, Halifax Nova Scotia) on January 12th beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Hearings of the College of Physicians and Surgeons are open to the public except when, upon application by a party involved, the Hearing Committee determines that all or part of the proceedings should be closed. With respect to this matter, the Hearing Committee has imposed a publication ban under section 109 of the Medical Practitioners Regulations of the names and any information that could disclose the identity of complainants, patients or any other witnesses referred to orally or in the exhibits filed at the hearing.

Please note that audio and video recording are not permitted at College Hearings. No further information about this Hearing is currently available for release.