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Quebec doctor accused of botching circumcisions

12/11/2013 12:43 EST | Updated 02/10/2014 05:59 EST
A Quebec doctor could be prohibited from performing circumcisions after Quebec's Collège des Médecins received a complaint that he'd performed more than 30 procedures resulting in complications that required further surgery to fix.

The investigative unit of Quebec’s college of physicians, known in French as the syndic, is taking Dr. Raymond Rezaie before the college’s disciplinary council, after it documented 30 cases in which boys who underwent circumcisions performed by the doctor required further corrective treatment under general anaesthetic at Montreal's Sainte-Justine Hospital.

In one additional case noted in the complaint, the child underwent corrective surgery at the Montreal Children's Hospital. 

The complaint alleges the doctor performed, in an “inadequate and inappropriate way, a surgical circumcision under local anaesthesia on a child.”

The disciplinary council has not yet heard the complaint, and no date has been set for that hearing. 

Rezaie is a family doctor who began practising in Quebec in 2006.

On his website, Rezaie says he travelled across Canada researching the best infant-circumcision techniques by experienced doctors. 

“Furthermore, he developed his own approaches to these surgeries, combining the most effective elements of what he learned,” the site reads.

According to the website, the doctor performs circumcisions at four clinics in the Montreal area.

Rezaie was not immediately available for comment.

The dates of the cases under investigation range from July 2010 to October 2013.

They were brought to the attention of the Collège by parents and doctors at Montreal’s Sainte-Justine Hospital, where the bulk of the corrective surgeries on the children were performed.

Representatives of the syndic wouldn’t comment further on the complaint because it is now before the disciplinary council.

However, the official decision on the doctor’s conduct could take months.

Earlier this week,  internal investigators asked the Collège to ban Rezaie from performing circumcisions, pending a ruling.

The disciplinary council is expected to make a decision on that request before the end of December.  

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