Latest News


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.


College News & Announcements

New College President

May 27th, 2016

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia is pleased to announce that Dr. William D. Stanish of Halifax has been appointed College President for the 2016-2018 term.  

Dr. Stanish is an internationally recognized orthopaedic surgeon. His distinguished career includes being named chief medical officer for the Canadian Olympic Team, founder and director of the Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Clinic of Nova Scotia and a member of the Order of Nova Scotia. Read more...

Avoid the Suspension of Your Licence - Renew Your Postgraduate Training Licence Today

May 26th, 2016

The postgraduate training licence renewal is now open. The licence is required in order to return to training. The renewal fee is $200.00 plus the $50.00 late fee. Please renew your postgraduate training licence by May 31st to avoid the suspension of your licence.



Resources & Events:

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:

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 2015 Annual Report