Truro surgeon's practice limited

Staff ~ The Truro Daily News
Published on November 8, 2012

TRURO - The Colchester East Hants Health Authority is limiting the practice of one of its surgeons following a licensing decision by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia (CPSNS).

General surgeon Dr. Martin Dzierzanowski, who has been employed at Colchester Regional Hospital for about five years, is facing interim restrictions on his license to practice.

The decision prevents him from providing general surgery under anesthesia or conscious sedation (excluding endoscopy) until further notice. The restrictions do no prevent him from seeing patients in his office, performing minor procedures or endoscopy procedures.

Health authority's spokeswoman Krista Wood told the Truro Daily News specifics of the CPSNS case were not shared with the hospital.

"There are a number of things that could result in an interim" status, Wood said, adding the hospital became aware of the investigation in October.

"We don't know the reason for the investigation ... it's not uncommon to have interim practices."

Dr. Dzierzanowski is one of four general surgeons involved in the hospital's surgical program.

As a result of his limited practice, the health authority has been working with Dr. Dzierzanowski and other members of the surgical team to ensure that patients booked for surgery receive appropriate follow-up.

"Not all cases" have been addressed at this point, said Wood, but "we are looking at the urgent cases and making them priority and finding alternate solutions."

Dr. Manoj Vohra, vice-president of medicine and chief of staff for the local health authority, says quality care is the overall desire.

"... our focus is on delivering quality, safe care and since being notified by the college, we have been working with them to offer our full support to their review process," said Vohra in a news release.

"It is important ... that our communities have full confidence in the services we are offering. We regularly look at our services through a quality assurance program to find ways to continuously improve upon the care we deliver."