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Allendes, Felipe Eduardo

CPSO#: 93712

MEMBER STATUS
Suspended as of 16 Oct 2018
CPSO REGISTRATION CLASS
None as of 30 Jun 2014
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Summary

Former Name: No Former Name

Gender: Male

Languages Spoken: English

Education:University of Toronto, 2010

Practice Information

Primary Location of Practice
HHS Hamilton General Hospital
Department of Emergency Medicine
237 Barton St E
Hamilton ON  L8L 2X2
Phone: (905) 521-2100 Electoral District: 04

Postgraduate Training

Please note: This information may not be a complete record of postgraduate training.



McMaster University, 01 Jul 2010 to 30 Jun 2011
PostGrad Yr 1 - Emergency Medicine

McMaster University, 01 Jul 2011 to 30 Jun 2012
PostGrad Yr 2 - Emergency Medicine

McMaster University, 01 Jul 2012 to 30 Jun 2013
PostGrad Yr 3 - Emergency Medicine

McMaster University, 01 Jul 2013 to 30 Jun 2014
PostGrad Yr 4 - Emergency Medicine

Registration History

Action Issue Date
First certificate of registration issued: Postgraduate Education Certificate Effective: 01 Jul 2010
Expired: Terms and conditions of certificate of registration Expiry: 31 Aug 2013
Subsequent certificate of registration issued: Restricted certificate Effective: 01 Sep 2013
Expired: Terms and conditions imposed on certificate by Registration Committee Effective: 12 May 2014
Subsequent certificate of registration Issued: Postgraduate Education Certificate Effective: 13 May 2014
Expired: Terms and conditions of certificate of registration Expiry: 30 Jun 2014
Suspension of registration imposed: Discipline Committee Effective: 16 Oct 2018

Practice Restrictions Flag: indicates a concern or additional information

Registration Status: Suspended     Effective From: 16 Oct 2018


Imposed By Effective Date Expiry Date Status
Discipline Committee Effective: 16 Oct 2018 Active

Previous Hearings Flag: indicates a concern or additional information

Committee: Discipline
Decision Date: 16 Oct 2018
Summary:

On October 16, 2018, the Discipline Committee found that Dr. Felipe Eduardo Allendes committed an act 
of professional misconduct, in that he has engaged in conduct or an act or omission relevant to the 
practice of medicine that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by 
members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional, in that he has breached a term, condition or 
limitation on a member’s certificate of registration, and in that he has engaged in conduct unbecoming a 
physician. 
 
Dr. Allendes received his certificate of registration authorizing postgraduate education from the College 
on July 1, 2010, at which time he commenced his residency in Emergency Medicine at McMaster 
University. Dr. Allendes' certificate of registration expired on June 30, 2014 in his fourth year of his 
postgraduate program. He did not complete his residency training. 
 
Terms, Conditions and Limitations on Dr. Allendes Certificate of Registration 
 
As a postgraduate trainee, Dr. Allendes' certificate of registration was subject to the following terms, 
conditions and limitations: 
      
-  Dr. Allendes was to practise medicine only as required by the postgraduate medical education 
   program in which he was enrolled at McMaster University; and, 
-  Dr. Allendes was to prescribe drugs only for inpatients or outpatients of a clinical teaching unit that 
   was formally affiliated with the Emergency Medicine department and as part of his postgraduate 
   medical education program. 
 
Effective September 1, 2013, until May 2014, Dr. Allendes' terms, conditions and limitations were 
modified to permit him to practise medicine in the Intensive Care Unit at Hamilton Health Sciences 
Corporation under supervision. 
 
Prescribing in Breach of Terms, Conditions and Limitations and Diverting Drugs to Himself  
 
In or around 2013, Dr. Allendes commenced an intimate personal relationship with Mr. X. On May 28, 
2014, the College received a call from Mr. X, who identified himself as the former partner of Dr. 
Allendes. Mr. X advised the College that, during their relationship, Dr. Allendes would write 
prescriptions to Mr. X, including, for sleeping pills (Zopiclone) and Lorazepam. Dr. Allendes would 
direct Mr. X to fill the prescription and then give Dr. Allendes the medication. Mr. X advised that Dr. 
Allendes was using Lorazepam and sleeping pills on a daily basis to counter the effects of cocaine which 
he was using at the time. Mr. X reported that Dr. Allendes directed him to attend smaller independent 
pharmacies to have these prescriptions filled, hoping these pharmacies would not check whether Mr. X 
had been prescribed multiple prescriptions for the same medication. In order to avoid detection, Dr. 
Allendes also directed Mr. X to fill out the prescriptions himself, in Dr. Allendes name, so he could later 
deny having written them.  
      
Dr. Allendes' conduct regarding these prescriptions to Mr. X was inappropriate and unprofessional. 
Moreover, Dr. Allendes issued or authorized these prescriptions in breach of his terms, conditions and 
limitations which permitted him to prescribe only as required for his postgraduate program or his 
supervised practice in the Intensive Care Unit. 
      
Dr. Allendes also directed Mr. X to write prescriptions for Lorazepam using Dr. Y's name and CPSO 
number, rather than his own. Dr. Y was Dr. Allendes' friend and also a postgraduate medical student at 
 

McMaster University. Dr. Allendes directed Mr. X to write the prescriptions using Dr. Y's name as the 
issuing physician, fill the prescription and give Dr. Allendes the medication. One prescription written by 
Mr. X in Dr. Y's name bears the cellular phone number of Dr. Allendes, so that if any questions were 
asked of the prescribing physician (Dr. Y), the pharmacist would be directed to Dr. Allendes, not Dr. Y. 
 
Prescribing in breach of Terms, Conditions and Limitations 
 
In addition to prescribing to Mr. X, Dr. Allendes also engaged in professional misconduct by prescribing 
to Dr. Y. Dr. Allendes issued prescriptions in breach of his terms, conditions and limitations which 
permitted him to prescribe only as required for his postgraduate program or his supervised practice in the 
Intensive Care Unit. 
 
March 2014 Nightclub Incident 
 
In the early morning of March, 2014, Dr. Allendes placed a call to 911 while outside the club located in 
downtown Toronto,  alleging that a person was  having a medical Emergency. He claimed he was a 
physician who happened to be on scene and that he was performing CPR and that he required Emergency 
Medical Services on an urgent basis. He stated that the gentleman overdosed and was with a GCS sign 
and may potentially need to be intubated, that he was convulsing and may need EMS support, that he was 
not awake and had shallow breath.In a subsequent call, Dr. Allendes claimed "ineffective CPR in 
progress".  
 
As a result of Dr. Allendes’ 911call, Emergency Medical Services along with police were dispatched to 
the scene. When police arrived, it was determined that there was no person in medical distress, and that 
there was no basis for the 911 call. The police determined that the call had been a fake and that Dr. 
Allendes had placed the phone call to 911 as he was waiting in line to enter the club and was being denied 
access. Dr. Allendes was observed to be intoxicated and acting aggressively toward the police officers. 
Accordingly, he was placed under arrest and charged with being intoxicated in a public place.  
      
Upon arrest, Dr. Allendes was found to be in possession of cocaine and was also charged with possession 
for the purposes of trafficking. None of these criminal charges resulted in a conviction. The possession of 
cocaine charge was stayed and the public intoxication charge was withdrawn on November 20, 2014.  
      
Dr. Allendes’ conduct during the incident described above was disgraceful, dishonourable or 
unprofessional and conduct unbecoming a physician.  
      
Dr. Allendes’ Leave from the Postgraduate Program and Participation in the PHP 
 
On May 12, 2014, McMaster University placed Dr. Allendes on a leave of absence from his postgraduate 
program. As set out above, his certificate of registration expired on June 30, 2014.  His certificate of 
registration was not renewed by the College. Dr. Allendes acknowledged early in the College 
investigation that he suffers from addiction, and sought assistance from the Physician Health Program 
(the “PHP”). He completed an inpatient admission at Homewood Health Centre to address his addiction 
issues, and continued in their after program for 9 months. On August 15, 2014, Dr. Allendes entered into 
a Substance Dependence Monitoring Contract with the Physician Health Program (the “PHP”). One year 
later, on August 18, 2015, the PHP provided the College with a report indicating that Dr. Allendes 
continued to be compliant with the his PHP contract and was maintaining a comprehensive recovery 
program. In or around September 2015, Dr. Allendes decided to leave the country. He informed PHP and 
 

on September 20, 2015, the PHP advised the College that it had suspended Dr. Allendes’ monitoring 
contract because of his departure.  
 
Disposition 
 
On October 12, 2018, the Discipline Committee ordered and directed that:  
 
-    the Registrar suspend Dr. Allendes' certificate of registration for a period of nine (9) months, 
     effective immediately. 
-    Dr. Allendes attend before the panelto be reprimanded. 
-    Dr. Allender pay to the College costs in the amount of $10,180.00, within thirty (30) days of the 
     date of this Order.


Decision: Download Full Decision (PDF)
Hearing Date(s): October 16, 2018