Ottawa doctor who sparked HIV scare could lose licence

A doctor who sparked an HIV and hepatitis scare in Ottawa and failed a provincial inspection due to improperly cleaned medical equipment will now face a disciplinary hearing that could see her lose her medical licence.

20 patients make formal complaints as part of disciplinary hearing for Dr. Christiane Farazli

An Ottawa doctor at the centre of an HIV and hepatitis scare in late 2011 will now face a disciplinary panel at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and she could lose her medical licence.

Dr. Christiane Farazli, an internist who gave up performing endoscopies at her clinic in September 2011, failed a college inspection months before the public health scare.

  • See the complete list of allegations against Farazli at the bottom of this story.

She was then no longer allowed to perform endoscopies on the premises or anywhere else in Ontario.

In the college's inspection report, Farazli was accused of using unsterilized instruments and having "gross cross-contamination" from a dirty scope, among other allegations.

An Ottawa Public Health investigation also accused Farazli of using improper cleaning procedures for patients treated between April 2002 and June 2011.


Public health officials then sent 6,800 letters to former patients warning them to get tested for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

But after a yearlong investigation, public health officials said they found no cases linked to the clinic.

No date yet for hearing

For this disciplinary hearing, which has not yet been scheduled, the college alleges Farazli engaged in disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional conduct in relation to patients, including her interactions with a nurse and a patient in respect of a patient's care, in her "callous, rough and unprofessional" communications with patients. The college also alleges Farazli maintained inaccurate notes.

Farazli's former officer was subject of a failed inspection in 2011, months before a public health scare in Ottawa. (The Canadian Press)

The list of accusations for the disciplinary hearing include allegations from 20 patients. None of these allegations have been proven.

If found guilty, Farazli could lose her medical licence.

There was also a $10-million class-action lawsuit filed against Farazli in late 2011, including 1,200 former patients.