Kitchener-Waterloo

Kitchener doctor's practice to be reassessed after investigation

A family medicine doctor in Kitchener is facing further scrutiny from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) following an investigation into her practice.

Ontario regulatory body found Dr. Jodie Wang failed to meet the standard of practice

Wang's primary location of practice is 121 Charles St. W. (Matthew Pierce/CBC)

A family medicine doctor in Kitchener is facing further scrutiny from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) following its investigation into her practice. 

According to the CPSO's website, its reassessment of Dr. Jodie Wang's practice began on Sept. 24.

In 2013, Wang ordered a CT scan for a patient after assessing their abnormal x-ray results. 

A summary of the decision from the CPSO's inquiries and complaints committee states that a family member of the patient made repeated attempts to obtain the results of the CT scan, to no avail.

The summary added that four months after the scan was ordered, the patient visited a hospital emergency room. A physician there obtained a copy of the scan result "which showed that the Patient had lung cancer with involvement of lymph nodes." 

The patient died the following month.

As part of the committee's analysis of the complaint, an independent assessor noted that Wang failed to meet the standard of practice, displayed a lack of skill, knowledge or judgment and that "if the report had been obtained in a timely fashion, the Patient could have been referred to consultants earlier so that both he and his family would appreciate that everything possible was being done for him," the summary said. 

Another complaint to the committee says that Wang prescribed an ear medication to a patient diagnosed with pink eye. 

In her defence, Wang said that she no longer works at the clinic where she saw the patient, and that a number of structural and administrative challenges led to the mistake.