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Disciplinary Decisions

Notice Regarding Interim Licence Suspension of Dr. Mohsen Yavari of Glace Bay, NS

March 2nd, 2016

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia hereby gives notice that pursuant to Section 45 of the Nova Scotia Medical Act, an interim suspension has been placed on the licence of Dr. Mohsen Yavari, pending further decision of the Investigation Committee or the Hearing Committee.

Important Notice Regarding Dr. William Vitale

February 26th, 2016

The medical licence of Dr. William Vitale has been suspended on an interim basis until further notice, effective February 26th, 2016.

The Licence of Dr. Robert Wadden of Halifax, NS is Suspended from March 1st to May 31st, 2016

February 17th, 2016

Further to a Settlement Agreement approved by a Hearing Committee of the College on August 28th, 2015, the licence of Dr. Robert Wadden of Halifax, NS was suspended for a period of six months, to be served in two equal terms. The second half of this period of suspension will be served from March 1st to May 31st, 2016. Dr. Wadden is not authorized to practice medicine during this period of suspension.

A Summary of the Hearing Committee's decision published by the College on October 1st, 2015


College News & Announcements

Medial Aid in Dying: Update

April 15th, 2016

Legislation regarding medical assistance in dying was tabled in the House of Commons on April 14th. Bill C-14 lays out specific criteria for Canadians who wish to end their lives with the help of a medical professional.


In anticipation of this legislation, regulatory Colleges across the country had drafted professional standards, to provide guidance to both the profession and the public on the delivery of this service in their respective jurisdictions. 


The College led a working group comprised of stakeholders from government and the health and legal professions. Working over several months this group developed a Draft Standard of Practice: Physician-Assisted Death. The College in collaboration with Doctors Nova Scotia, made available the draft document for broad online consultation. A full report of this consultation along with an executive summary is available.


The College's working group will reconvene in order to align its professional standard with federal legislation and to provide direction on some matters not addressed in the proposed law.



New Resources:

 The above poster, produced for physicians, clearly lays out the expectations of both patients and their physicians, when opioids are prescribed. It can be downloaded here.

Opioid Abuse in Chronic Pain:
Misconceptions and Mitigation Strategies

The New England Journal of Medicine

Prescribing Opioids for Pain Management
The College has compiled a list of resources to support best practices in the prescribing of opioids


Upcoming Events:

Celebration of Medical Humanities Conference
May 6th to 8th in Halifax

The Prescribing Course: Safe Opioid Prescribing
for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain

May 21st, 2016 in Sydney

Doctors Nova Scotia's Annual Conference 2016
June 3rd and 4th in Digby

Bethune Round Table: Building Collaborative Teams to Strengthen Global Surgery
June 3rd and 4th in Halifax


About the College

About the College

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia serves the public by regulating the province's medical profession in accordance with the Nova Scotia Medical Act and its regulations

All physicians in Nova Scotia must be licensed by the College in order to practise medicine in the province.

The duties of the College include:

  • Licensing qualified and competent physicians to practise medicine
  • Investigating and resolving physician-related complaints on behalf of the public
  • Monitoring and maintaining standards of practice through peer assessment
  • Developing professional standards and guidelines to support high standards of medical practice and ethical conduct‚Äč

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia's 2015-2016 Strategic Plan

Building Bridges, the CPSNS 2014 Annual Report