New Brunswick

Dr. Fernando Rojas looked at waitresses' medical records

CBC has learned of more young women whose medical files were breached a doctor at Moncton's Dumont Hospital.

Women perplexed by apparent privacy invasion

Fernando Rojas Lievano is still working, as of two weeks ago.

CBC has learned of more young women whose medical files were breached a doctor at Moncton's Dumont Hospital. 

Dr. Fernando Rojas is under investigation by Vitalité Health and the province's Privacy Commissioner for looking into the records of 142 patients without authorization.

Many of those patients were young women the doctor met or worked with at the hospital.

Now, it appears he also looked into the files of at least two women he'd met in the community.

The two women are in their 20s and say they were servers at a greater Moncton area restaurant where Rojas was a regular customer.

They say the doctor would come into the restaurant to order food and drinks.

Both women say Rojas was nice and that he was pleasant to them. One woman described the doctor as having a gentle personality.

The two no longer work at the restaurant and haven't seen Rojas in years. They were never his patients, so they were perplexed that he would allegedly access their records. 

I've never seen anything on this scale ... It sure seems disturbing.- Dr. Brian Goldman

Vitalite told the women Rojas accessed their medical files multiple times looking at their addresses, medical tests and the results.

Vialite said two weeks ago that Rojas was still working at the hospital, but would not say if he was still on duty Monday.

Massive scale

Brian Goldman, an ER doctor in Toronto (and the host of CBC Radio's White Coat/Black Art), said there are other cases of hospital staff looking at medical records for reasons other than health care.

“As a physician, I've never seen anything done like this on this kind of scale. We have certainly heard stories of ex-spouses who happen to be health professionals looking up the medical records of their ex-partners, even looking up the medical records of the new partners of their ex-spouses," he said.

“We've certainly heard that where there's a direct, vested interest. I have no idea what the vested interest would be in looking at 142 individual records of patients who are not in any way connected to the physician. It sure seems disturbing. I'll be very interested in finding out what the explanation turns out to be."