Dr. Susan Bell
Dr. Bell admitted to unprofessional conduct for failing to provide reports required by two patients. The penalty order included a reprimand, the requirement to complete two courses on practice management, and the payment of costs in the amount of $4,464.98.
Dr. Alfred Ernst
Dr. Ernst was charged with 2 separate charges of unbecoming, improper, unprofessional or discreditable conduct contrary to The Medical Profession Act, 1981. The charges alleged improper billing of services to Medical Services Branch. Those 2 matters, and other investigations into allegations of unprofessional conduct, were resolved when Dr. Ernst agreed to relinquish his licence and never to practise medicine anywhere in the world in the future. The resignation was effective July 15, 2021.
Dr. Ashwani Narang
Dr. Narang admitted to unprofessional conduct for accessing the personal health information of a number of individuals when he did not have a patient-physician relationship with them, did not have their consent, and either did not have a legitimate need to know the information or did not exercise due diligence to ensure he had a legitimate need to know the information accessed. The penalty order included a 3-month suspension, a reprimand, the requirement to complete several courses and the payment of costs in the amount of $23,597.96.
Dr. Oladayo Oladipo
Dr. Oladipo was found guilty of one charge of unprofessional conduct by the Discipline Hearing Committee. The Committee found that he had kissed a nurse on the cheek in 2015 or 2016 and then tickled or attempted to tickle her in 2018. The penalty order included a reprimand, a one-month suspension (deemed to have already been served), courses in boundaries, ethics/professionalism and communication with team members, and the payment of costs in the amount of $26,634.19. Dr. Oladipo has appealed the Discipline Hearing Committee decision and the Council's penalty decision to the Court of Queen's Bench.
Dr. Jacek Steplewski
Dr. Steplewski admitted to unprofessional conduct for causing or permitting inappropriate billings to be submitted to Medical Services Branch in the context of reviewing questionnaires and body temperatures of colleagues and clinic employees to determine fitness to work on a daily basis. The penalty order included a reprimand, the requirement to complete an ethics course, a fine in the amount of $5,000, and the payment of costs in the amount of $3,314,98.
Dr. Edward Tsoi
Dr. Tsoi admitted to unprofessional conduct for failing to maintain the standards of practice of the profession in his treatment of an infant following delivery. The penalty order included a reprimand, the requirement to complete the Neonatal Resuscitation Program, and the payment of costs in the amount of $15,187.50.
Dr. Alexandre Yatsina
Dr. Yatsina was charged with unprofessional conduct. The charge alleged that he failed to provide required reports to SGI and failed to respond to communications from the College. The matter was resolved through post-charge alternative dispute resolution (ADR) when Dr. Yatsina signed an undertaking agreeing to establish and maintain an audit trail to track requests for and completion of third party reports. He agreed to audit those requests internally for two years, and to make that audit trail available for review by the College upon request. Dr. Yatsina agreed to ensure that all third party requests are responded to within 30 days; if that is not possible, he will advise the requesting party of the reason and a timeline for his response.
Mr. Huangrui (Richard) Zhu
Mr. Zhu admitted to unprofessional conduct for collecting and copying documents in the course of his clerkship that contained the personal information and personal health information of numerous patients that he dealt with, retaining those documents without redacting the personally identifying information, and failing to exercise due diligence to ensure the documents were disposed of in a secure and appropriate manner. Given that Mr. Zhu had provided the College with an undertaking related to his handling of personal health information while licensed as an undergraduate medical student, the fact that the College of Medicine had suspended him from clinical duties for about two years, and the fact that he had completed an ethics course, the penalty order included a reprimand and the requirement to pay costs in the amount of $8,846.62.