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.
Dr. Raymond Rezaie will have a hearing before the college’s disciplinary council, after its investigative unit documented 30 cases in which boys who underwent circumcisions performed by the doctor required further corrective treatment under general anesthetic at Montreal's Sainte-Justine Hospital.
In one additional case noted in the complaint, a boy underwent corrective surgery at the Montreal Children's Hospital.
It is alleged that the doctor performed in an “inadequate and inappropriate way, a surgical circumcision under local anesthesia on a child.”
The disciplinary council has not yet set a date to hear the complaint, but earlier this week, internal investigators asked the college to ban Rezaie from performing circumcisions until a hearing can be held.
The disciplinary council is expected to make a decision on that request before the end of December.
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 has not responded to requests for comment made today by CBC News.
The dates of the cases under investigation range from July 2010 to October 2013.
They were brought to the attention of the college 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 college wouldn’t comment further on the complaint because it is before the disciplinary council.
A decision on the doctor’s conduct could take months.