Dialogue Volume 13 Issue 3 2017 - Page 59

DISCIPLINE SUMMARIES was very dangerous and extremely inappropriate. 7. This is Dr. Laws’ second appearance before the Discipline Committee (his first was in 1999). In 1992, an adolescent boy was referred to Dr. Laws for treatment of ADD. Over the next year and a half, Dr. Laws treated him with several medica- tions which can, on occasion, cause hepatotoxicity. The parents of the patient alleged that Dr. Laws failed to alert them to the possible side effects and that he failed to take proper steps to monitor the patient’s liver function. Unfortunately, the patient developed liver failure, and after undergoing two liver transplants, died in August 1993. Dr. Laws provided notes from the record and from letters to other clinicians indicating he had discussed hepatotoxicity with the family and that he had ordered appropriate blood tests. He later admitted to falsifying the chart and letters. At the time, the Discipline Committee suspended his certificate of registration for six months, three of which would be suspended if he satisfied certain criteria. Among other requirements, Dr. Laws was to undergo psychiatric treatment, to take a course on the treatment of ADD, a course in medical ethics, and one on medical record keeping. Despite completing these, his behaviour did not improve. Just four years later, he began his involvement with Patient B. These aggravating factors support the Committee’s conclusion that the appropriate penalty for Dr. Laws’ misconduct is the revocation of his certificate of registration, independent of the mandatory require- ment of the Code which is applicable by reason of Dr. Laws’ oral to genital contact with Patient A. ORDER In summary, the Committee ordered revocation of Dr. Laws’ certificate of registration; a public repri- mand; reimbursement to the College for funding provided to patients under the program required under section 85.7 of the Code, by posting an irrevo- cable letter of credit or other security acceptable to the College, in the amount of $16,060; and costs to the College in the amount of $5,000. For complete details of the Order, please see the full decision at www.cpso.on.ca. Select Doctor Search and enter the Doctor’s Name. At the conclusion of the hearing, Dr. Laws waived his right to an appeal and the Committee administered the public reprimand. DR. DANIEL ROBERT MARSHALL PRACTICE LOCATION: Hamilton AREA OF PRACTICE: Pediatrics HEARING INFORMATION: Statement of Uncontested Facts, Agreed Statement of Facts On March 28, 2016, the Discipline Committee found that Dr. Marshall committed an act of profes- sional misconduct, in that he engaged in conduct or an act relevant to the practice of medicine that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reason- ably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishon- ourable or unprofessional; and he has been found guilty of an offence that is relevant to his suitability to practise. Dr. Marshall, a pediatrician practising since 1983, primarily treated children with behavioural, attention and mood problems, particularly involving attention deficit disorder. Dr. Marshall volunteered at a local high school where he stood on the sidelines of sports games in his medical capacity and helped coach one of the sports teams. He was part of a religious group which had a presence in the school. Dr. Marshall was a camp counsellor at that religious group’s summer camp. Dr. Marshall often hosted groups of male high school students at his home to watch football, review games videos and discuss the Bible. Charges Under The Criminal Code On September 17, 2012, Dr. Marshall was charged with 32 counts of touching for a sexual purpose contrary to s. 151(a) and sexual assault contrary to Full decisions are available online at www.cpso.on.ca. Select Doctor Search and enter the doctor’s name. ISSUE 3, 2017 DIALOGUE 59