Dr. Behnaz Yazdanfar Suspended for Two Years

Dr. Behnaz Yazdanfar, the Toronto area physician who was disciplined over liposuction procedures earlier this year, was suspended today for two years, according to Michael Woods of the Toronto Star

 She was also ordered today to appear within the next three months before the college for a public repremand, to pay $219,000 in costs within one year, and cooperate with spot inspections at her expense.  She is also required to publish the restrictions at her clinic and on her website, a move intended to protect the public.

Dr. Yazdanfar’s case went before the college for two years before a decision was released in May of this year. The College found that her actions constituted professional misconducted as defined in O.Reg. 856/93,

1.  (1)  The following are acts of professional misconduct for the purposes of clause 51 (1) (c) of the Health Professions Procedural Code:

33. An act or omission relevant to the practice of medicine that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional.

A seperate discipline hearing is pending for Dr. Bruce Liberman, a anesthesiologist who was also involved in a 32 year-old mother who died in a liposuction procedure where Dr. Yazdanfar was involved.

In 2009, Dr. Yazdanfar was represented by Tracey Tremayne-Lloyd and Elyse Sunshine when she unsuccesfully brought an application for judicial review before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice over the College’s decision to limit her practice area, pursuant to s. 37 of the Health Professions Procedural Code,

Interim suspension

37.  (1)  The Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee may, subject to subsection (5), make an interim order directing the Registrar to suspend or impose terms, conditions or limitations on a member’s certificate of registration if,

(a) an allegation is referred to the Discipline Committee; and

(b) it is of the opinion that the conduct of the member exposes or is likely to expose his or her patients to harm or injury.

The College’s news release on the May decision is available here.  A copy of the College’s decision is found below.

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and Dr. Yazdanfar

Omar Ha-Redeye is the Principal of Fleet Street Law, a full-service law chambers in Toronto.