Sydney doctor agrees to have licence revoked
Admits to misrepresenting himself when he applied for licence
A Sydney doctor has consented to having his licence to practise medicine in Nova Scotia revoked after admitting he misrepresented himself when he applied for it.
The decision by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia, dated Dec. 6, notes that the college’s investigation committee approved an agreement between the college and Dr. Aliasghar Norouzian. Norouzian admitted to misrepresenting information when he applying for a medical licence and that such a breach constituted professional misconduct under the Medical Act.
Norouzian can only apply for a licence in the future if he satisfies the registration committee that he meets all requirements for a licence, including that of having the capacity, competence and character to safely and ethically practice medicine.
Norouzian was issued the license in 2014 and began his practice in Sydney in the late fall of that year. He was an international medical graduate who obtained his Nova Scotia licence under the former clinical assessment for practice program.
He had applied under the program twice, with the first application rejected because he didn’t meet the program’s requirement for practice experience within a defined period of time. He then reapplied with new information suggesting he had been practising in Iran within a timeframe that would qualify him for the program. He was accepted and issued a defined licence.
The college subsequently questioned some of the information Norouzian provided, and a representative met with him in April 2015.When he was advised of inconsistencies in his application, Norouzian that someone else had completed his application on his behalf and information was inserted incorrectly without his knowledge.
The decision noted that Norouzian provided the same inaccurate information on his licence application.
The investigation committee had issued an interim suspension effective May 1, 2015. The investigation also involved reviewing documents he had filed to practice in Manitoba, where he had been denied a licence, and determined that he had provided inaccurate information in that application as well. Norouzian told the college he was new to Canada and didn’t understand the importance of accuracy in a CV.
The college didn’t accept Norouzian’s explanations and found him “to have been strategically and purposefully dishonest” in the documents.
Norouzian later wrote to the college apologizing for his actions and said that he had acted on the advice of a friend when he changed his application documents, citing difficult personal circumstances.