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In order to protect the health and safety of everyone involved and to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the CPSO has temporarily stopped in-person hearings in favour of virtual hearings. These proceedings remain open to the public. Anyone who wishes to observe the hearings via videoconference should contact [email protected].

HEARING DETAILS
MEMBER NAME
Decision Date
September 4
Virtual Reprimand

Start time: 10:15 a.m.
LEE, Martin M.S.
*Practice Address Not Available
Details

The Discipline Committee found that Dr. Martin M.S. Lee committed an act of professional misconduct in that: he engaged in the sexual abuse of a patient and he engaged in conduct relevant to the practice of medicine that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably regarded by members as disgraceful dishonorable and unprofessional.


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Decision Date
September 4
Virtual Reprimand

Start time: 10:45 a.m.
RABIU, Adegbenga Oulwaseun
*Practice Address Not Available
Details

On April 8, 2020, the Discipline Committee found that Dr. Rabiu engaged in disgraceful, dishonourable, or unprofessional conduct by: (1) conducting an examination of Ms. A without proper communication and in a manner that made her uncomfortable; (2) examining Ms. A and writing a prescription for her in contravention of a term, condition, or limitation on his certificate of registration.

The Committee found that Dr. Rabiu did contravene a limitation on his certificate of registration by treating an adult patient despite the fact that his practice was limited to pediatrics, and that this contravention is an act of professional misconduct.


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Decision Date
September 4
Virtual Reprimand

Start time: 11:15 a.m.
SAVIE, Mile
*Practice Address Not Available
Details

The Discipline Committee found that Dr. Mile Savic committed an act of professional misconduct in that: he has contravened a term, condition or limitation on his certificate of registration; he has failed to maintain the standard of practice of the profession; and he has engaged in an act or omission relevant to the practice of medicine that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional.


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Decision Date
September 8
Virtual Disciplinary Hearing

Start time: 9 a.m.
MICHAEL, Essam Samy Naguib
*Practice Address Not Available
Details

Allegations of Dr. Michael’s professional misconduct have been referred to the Discipline Committee of the College. In particular, it is alleged that Dr. Michael has been found guilty of an offence that is relevant to his suitability to practice, in that he has been found guilty of an offense under s. 44(1)(a) of the Health Insurance Act. It is also alleged that Dr. Michael committed acts or omissions relevant to the practice of medicine that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional.


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Decision Date
September 8
Virtual Disciplinary Hearing

Start time: 1 p.m.
SHAPIRO, Solomon Marc
*Practice Address Not Available
Details

Allegations of Dr. Shapiro’s professional misconduct and incompetence have been referred to the Discipline Committee of the College. It is alleged that on various dates in 2014, Dr. Shapiro engaged in disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional conduct in respect of his treatment of and interactions with Patient A. It is further alleged that Dr. Shapiro is incompetent and/or failed to maintain the standard of practice of the profession in his care of Patient A.


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Decision Date
September 15
Virtual Disciplinary Hearing

Start time: 9 a.m.
ISMAIL, Mohamed Abdel Hadi Elmorsi
*Practice Address Not Available
Details

Allegations of Dr. Ismail’s professional misconduct have been referred to the Discipline Committee of the College. It is alleged that Dr. Ismail engaged in disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional conduct in 2019, by repeatedly providing anesthesia services, at another hospital or facility, without notice to WRH contrary to the agreement with WRH. It is also alleged that Dr. Ismail further engaged in disgraceful, dishonorable or unprofessional conduct in 2019, by creating and submitting fraudulent letters of employment.


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Decision Date

September 21-22, 24-25, October 5, 7-9, 21-23
Virtual Hearing

Start time: 9 a.m.

KHAN, Akbar Nauman
*Toronto
Details

Allegations of Dr. Akbar Nauman Khan’s professional misconduct and incompetence have been referred to the Discipline Committee. Dr. Khan is incompetent and failed to maintain the standard of practice of the profession in relation to his care and treatment of patients. Dr Khan engaged in disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional conduct in his complementary/alternative medicine practice, including with respect to his billing practices, and by failing to cooperate with a College investigation.


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Decision Date

September 23
Virtual Hearing

Start time: noon

VAIDYANATHAN, Sammy
*Toronto
Details

Allegations of Dr. Vaidyanathan’s professional misconduct have been referred to the Discipline Committee of the College. It is alleged that Dr. Vaidyanathan engaged in disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional conduct, including: (a) Between approximately 2011 and 2016, Dr. Vaidyanathan purported to provide care and/or treatment to himself, including while he was on shift in the emergency department at one or more hospitals, and billed OHIP for some or all of this care and/or treatment; (b)Between approximately 2011 and 2016, while Dr. Vaidyanathan was on shift in the emergency department, Dr. Vaidyanathan sought and obtained treatment from other health care providers when he should have been available to provide care to patients;(c) In approximately June 2015, while Dr. Vaidyanathan was on shift in the emergency department of Humber River Hospital, he made inappropriate use of a stretcher and/or a mobile computer in an acute patient care area in which patients were being treated; (d) In approximately September 2015, Dr. Vaidyanathan engaged in inappropriate and/or unprofessional communication with colleagues, staff and/or hospital administration at Humber River Hospital with respect to new laceration trays; (e) In approximately 2015 and/or 2016, Dr. Vaidyanathan engaged in inappropriate and/or unprofessional communication with a nurse at Humber River Hospital with whom he had had a personal relationship; and (f) Dr. Vaidyanathan failed to provide complete and/or accurate information to the College on his 2016 and 2017 Annual Renewal forms, and a 2017 Physician Practice Questionnaire. Also, Dr. Vaidyanathan failed to maintain the standard of practice of the profession and/or is incompetent in his care and treatment of patients, whose identities have been disclosed under separate cover.


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Decision Date

September 24
Virtual Hearing

Start time: 9 a.m.

PASTERNAK, Harvey Stephen
*Toronto
Details

Allegations of Dr. Pasternak’s professional misconduct and incompetence have been referred to the Discipline Committee of the College. It is alleged that Dr. Pasternak engaged in sexual abuse and/or in disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional conduct with respect to Patient A, including by engaging in a sexual relationship with Patient A, including sexual intercourse. It is further alleged that Dr. Pasternak is incompetent and/or failed to maintain the standard of practice in his care and treatment of Patient A, including but not limited to, in his prescribing practices.


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Decision Date

September 28 - October 2
Virtual Hearing

Start time: 9 a.m.

VORA, Parag Kanaiyalal
*Hamilton
Details

Allegations of Dr. Vora’s professional misconduct have been referred to the Discipline Committee of the College. It is alleged that in approximately 2014, Dr. Vora engaged in sexual abuse and/or disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional conduct in respect of a patient when he touched the patient’s breast(s) in a sexual and/or inappropriate manner during a clinical encounter.


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Decision Date

October 8
Virtual Hearing

Start time: 9 a.m.

BIRNBAUM, Robert Joel
*Practice Address Not Available
Details

Allegations of Dr. Birnbaum’s professional misconduct have been referred to the Discipline Committee of the College. It is alleged that Dr. Birnbaum engaged in sexual abuse of and/or disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional conduct, including by engaging in an intimate and sexual relationship with a patient, including sexual intercourse; and engaged in disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional conduct by: providing inaccurate and/or misleading information to the College during its investigation; inappropriately combining treating and personal relationships with a patient and his/her children; and using other physicians’ names, without their knowledge or consent, to issue prescriptions.


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Decision Date

October 13-16, 19
Penalty Hearing

Start time: 9 a.m.

GILL, Harmander Singh
*Toronto
Details

Allegations of Dr. Gill's professional misconduct have been referred to the Discipline Committee of the College. It is alleged that Dr. Gill engaged in disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional conduct in failing to cooperate with a College investigation, from approximately April 2018 onwards, including by failing to cooperate with respect to observation of his practice and a requested interview; and failing to respond to inquiries from a College investigator, and to provide answers to questions from the investigator.


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Decision Date

October 14
Virtual Hearing

Start time: 9 a.m.

REAVELY-DIAZ, Sheridan
*Practice Address Not Available
Details

Allegations of Dr. Reavely-Diaz’s professional have been referred to the Discipline Committee of the College. It is alleged that Dr. Reavely-Diaz is incompetent and/or failed to maintain the standard of practice of the profession in her care of patients. It is also alleged that Dr. Reavely-Diaz engaged in disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional conduct by failing to cooperate during the College’s investigation and failing to respond to the College in a timely way; in her recording keeping, including but not limited to, creating false and/or inaccurate medical records and/or inappropriately altering medical records; inappropriately billing and/or submitting inappropriate claims to the Ontario Health Insurance Plan; in her conduct and communications towards patients and/or their families and/or caregivers and third parties; failing to provide and/or follow up on test results; failing to attend for scheduled appointments; inappropriately ending a physician-patient relationship with a patient; allowing a patient access to another patient’s personal health information; and failing to appropriately deal with this privacy breach.


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Decision Date

October 19, 21-23, November 2-6
Virtual Hearing

Start time: 9 a.m.

SATGUNAM, Shean
*Winnipeg
Details

Dr. Shean Satgunam (June 15, 2018) Allegations of Dr. Satgunam’s professional misconduct have been referred to the Discipline Committee of the College. It is alleged that between approximately 2011 and 2017, Dr. Satgunam engaged in disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional conduct by failing to provide complete and/or accurate information in a timely manner to the College and/or hospitals and/or other institutions, including in the context of his completion of applications for registration and Annual Renewals and applications for appointment and/or reappointment, regarding matters such as legal proceedings, peer review proceedings and privileges issues.


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Decision Date

October 26-28, November 9, 11, 16-19
Penalty Hearing

Start time: 8:30 a.m.

HERMAN, Leon
*Toronto
Details

Allegations of Dr. Herman’s professional misconduct have been referred to the Discipline Committee of the College. It is alleged that in or about 1997, Dr. Herman engaged in sexual abuse of and/or disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional conduct towards a patient, who was a teenager at the time. The conduct in issue included touching of a sexual and/or inappropriate nature of the patient’s body, including her breasts, buttocks, and thighs; kissing the patient; giving the patient alcohol and/or another intoxicating substance; making sexual and/or inappropriate comments; failing to provide privacy while the patient was dressing and undressing, and to provide appropriate draping; undoing and/or displacing the patient’s clothes, including her bra; and giving the patient money.


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Decision Date

October 26-30
Penalty Hearing

Start time: 9 a.m.

OKAFOR, Innocent Chukwudumebi
*Brampton
Details

Allegations of Dr. Okafor’s professional misconduct have been referred to the Discipline Committee of the College. It is alleged that Dr. Okafor engaged in sexual abuse of and/or disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional conduct in respect of Patient A, including by engaging in a sexual relationship with Patient A. It is also alleged that Dr. Okafor engaged in disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional conduct in violating appropriate boundaries in respect of Patient A, including by engaging in a personal relationship with Patient A and/or engaging in inappropriate communications with Patient A, including after the doctor-patient relationship. These communications included Dr. Okafor interfering with the College investigation. It is further alleged that Dr. Okafor engaged in disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional conduct in his dealings with Patient B, including, among other things, failing to maintain appropriate boundaries, engaging in business dealings and engaging in inappropriate communications with Patient B.


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NOTE:  The physician’s current location (*) as indicated on the Public Register is noted. This schedule is subject to change. For further information contact the Communications Department, 416-967-2611 or 1-800-268-7096 ext. 611.