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Licence Sanctions

College Announces Interim Restrictions on the Medical Licence of Dr. Rafid Al-Nassar

February 23, 2017

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia hereby gives notice that the interim suspension of the medical licence of Dr. Rafid Al-Nassar, pursuant to Section 45 of the Medical Act, has been lifted.

The College gives notice that effective immediately, interim restrictions have been placed on the medical licence of Dr. Al-Nassar. Dr. Al-Nassar is required to have a chaperone present for all patient encounters, except those that occur in the operating room. A College sign regarding this requirement is to be placed in all waiting rooms and examination rooms where patients are seen.

College Announces Decision Regarding Dr. Karen Fewer

February 15, 2017

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. Karen Fewer has agreed to a reprimand and conditions issued by the College.  Summary of Decision


College News & Announcements

Nominations for College Award Open Until March 16

February 23, 2017

Do you know of a Nova Scotia physician who exemplifies professionalism? If so, consider nominating your colleague for the College's Annual Gold-Headed Cane Award for Professionalism in the Practice of Medicine.

The award recognizes an outstanding community-based physician who exemplifies professionalism in service to their patients, profession and community.  Read More

Call for Nominations to College Council

February 3, 2017

The election of three Councillors to the Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia in 2017 is required in the following districts:

The election of one Councillor in District #2 - The counties of Pictou, Cumberland and Colchester
The election of two Councillors in District #5 - The county of Halifax

If you are licensed physician and interested in running for the Council of the College, please review information on the election process and the nomination form. Read More


    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's 2016-2017 Strategic Plan

      Building Bridges, the College's 2015 Annual Report