Dialogue Volume 15 Issue 1 2019 - Page 47

DISCIPLINE SUMMARIES patients on high dose opioid therapy to a chronic pain specialist; and o relied on a relative who is a pharmacist to guide her as to dosages and approach in prescribing potent narcotics such as Fentanyl, rather than fa- miliarizing herself with the appropriate prescrib- ing and monitoring practices. ORDER The Discipline Committee ordered: a reprimand; a four-month suspension of Dr. Aly’s certificate of registration; terms, conditions and limitations on Dr. Aly’s certificate of registration; and payment to the College for hearing costs in the amount of $10,180. The terms, conditions and limitations on Dr. Aly’s certificate of registration include a requirement to keep a prescribing log; successful completion of individualized instruction in medical ethics; a nine- month period of clinical supervision; and a reassess- ment of her practice. For complete details, please see the full decision at www.cpso.on.ca. Select Find a Doctor and enter the doctor’s name. At the conclusion of the hearing, Dr. Aly waived her right to appeal and the reprimand was delivered. DR. VIET CUONG DAO PRACTICE LOCATION: Toronto AREA OF PRACTICE: Family Medicine (Pain Management) HEARING INFORMATION: Plea of No Contest; State- ment of Uncontested Facts: Joint Submission on Penalty On September 10, 2018, the Discipline Committee found that Dr. Dao committed an act of professional misconduct, in that he has engaged in the sexual abuse of a patient, and in that he engaged in con- duct or an act or omission relevant to the practice of medicine that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as dis- graceful, dishonourable or unprofessional. Dr. Dao saw and treated Patient A on four occa- sions at the Clinic in January and February, 2017. Patient A was referred to Dr. Dao for treatment of chronic pain, in particular, chronic back pain and fibromyalgia. On each of Patient A’s visits, Dr. Dao administered injections in Patient A’s lumbar spine, sacroiliac joints, sciatic nerves, and sacroiliac fascia and massaged numbing anesthetic into the sites of injection, during which Patient A’s bare buttocks were exposed. During the patient’s four visits, Dr. Dao made inappropriate comments to the patient. He made a comment about the “sexy” placement of the patient’s tattoo on her lower back. He likened the injection to S&M and asked the patient if she liked S&M. On the third visit, he asked her whether she had a “sugar daddy.” And at the third and fourth visits, he brought up the subject of “rub and tug” massages and asked if there was anything equivalent for women. ORDER The Discipline Committee ordered: a three-month suspension on Dr. Dao’s certificate of registration; a reprimand and the imposition of specific terms, conditions and limitations on Dr. Dao’s certificate of registration; reimbursement to the College for funding provided to Patient A under the program required under section 85.7 of the Code, by posting an irrevocable letter of credit or other security ac- ceptable to the College in the amount of $16,060.00. Dr. Dao was also ordered to pay hearing costs to the College in the amount of $6,000. The terms, conditions and limitation ordered include that: Dr. Dao successfully complete one-on- one instruction in Communication Education; he successfully complete the PROBE course in ethics and professionalism by obtaining an unconditional pass, at his own expense, or any alternative course in ethics and professionalism approved by the College; he not engage in any professional encounters unless in the presence of a Practice Monitor; and he post a sign in all waiting rooms, examination rooms and consulting rooms, in all of his practice locations, in a clearly visible and secure location, stating that Dr. Dao has agreed not to have professional encounters, in person or otherwise, with patients, of any age, unless in the continuous presence and under the con- tinuous observation of a practice monitor. For complete details, please see the full decision at ISSUE 1, 2019 DIALOGUE 47