Doctor suspended in New Brunswick working in Cornwall
Dr. Tarek Youssef alleged to have performed unnecessary surgeries
An opthamologist suspended and under investigation in New Brunswick is still practising surgery in Cornwall, Ont., CBC News has learned.
Dr. Tarek Youssef's practice in Bathurst, N.B., is closed while the New Brunswick College of Physicians and Surgeons looks into whether he performed unnecessary eye surgeries.
The 43-year-old — born in Kuwait and trained in Egypt and the U.S. — had been working in Bathurst since 2003.
The New Brunswick College of Physicians and Surgeons is investigating his record.
Doctor not under investigation in Ontario
Dr. Ed Schollenberg, the college's registrar, said Youssef is alleged to have performed "unnecessary surgery, specifically relating to cataracts."
Schollenberg also said "a number of (other) things" are being investigated, though he wouldn't say what. He said cataract surgeries are "sort of the focus," and that the investigation is based on multiple sources of information.
CBC News called Youssef's office in Cornwall on Thursday. A receptionist said he was busy with a surgery.
The Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons said it is aware of the investigation in New Brunswick and that the situation is being assessed.
The Ontario college said Youssef is not under investigation in Ontario.
Cataract surgery typically takes only 10 minutes, and Ontario pays doctors just under $400 per eye.