Dialogue Volume 14 Issue 3 2018 - Page 50

DISCIPLINE SUMMARIES DR. ANDREW WINSTON TAYLOR PRACTICE LOCATION: Niagara Falls AREA OF PRACTICE: Ophthalmology HEARING INFORMATION: Contested Hearing; 12 Hearing Days On July 29, 2016, the Discipline Committee found that Dr. Taylor committed an act of professional misconduct in that he has engaged in an act or omis- sion relevant to the practice of medicine that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional. Dr. Taylor billed for medical procedures that were not performed and instructed members of his staff to create, alter, or otherwise manipulate medical records related to such procedures. Dr. Taylor, an ophthalmologist, operated a laser eye surgery clinic in Niagara Falls which offered at least two types of laser eye surgery – Planoscan and Zyoptix. The Zyoptix procedure was the newer, more intricate procedure and required more resources. The Zyoptix procedure was more expensive than the Planoscan procedure. Dr. Taylor first performed the Zyoptix procedure at the clinic in the summer of 2002. From the summer of 2002 until May 2003, more than 120 patients were billed for the Zyoptix procedure when in fact they had received the less expensive Planoscan procedure. The clinic issued refund cheques to 133 patients in 2003. The Committee found that the overbilling was deliberate and intentional and that Dr. Taylor altered or directed the altering of records to make it look as if they had received the Zyoptix, rather than the Planoscan procedure. The Committee found that Dr. Taylor directed others to carry out blank firings of the laser (meaning no patient was present but the laser was operated), on numerous occasions in April and May 2003 to support inappropriate billing. ORDER The Discipline Committee ordered: the revocation of Dr. Taylor’s certificate of registration; a reprimand; and payment to the College of costs in the amount of 50 DIALOGUE ISSUE 3, 2018 $54,560. For complete details, please see the full decision at www.cpso.on.ca. Select Find a Doctor and enter the doctor’s name. APPEAL On August 26, 2016, Dr. Taylor appealed the deci- sion of the Discipline Committee to the Divisional Court of the Superior Court of Justice. On May 26, 2017, Dr. Taylor appealed the decision of the Disci- pline Committee, on penalty and costs. On September 4, 2018, the Divisional Court dis- missed Dr. Taylor's appeal, with costs to the College. Full decisions are available online at www.cpso.on.ca. Select Find a Doctor and enter the doctor’s name.