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Smith, Edward James

CPSO#: 33838

Active Member as of 17 Dec 1982
Restricted as of 08 Feb 2018
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Former Name: No Former Name

Gender: Male

Languages Spoken: English, French

Education:University of Ottawa, 1981

Practice Information

Primary Location of Practice
Suite 109
460 st laurent blv
Ottawa ON  K1K4Z2
Phone: (613) 748-1113
Fax: (613) 748-1639 Electoral District: 07

Professional Corporation Information

Corporation Name: Edward J. Smith Medicine Professional Corporation
Certificate of Authorization Status: Issued Date:  Jan 02 2007

Dr. E. Smith ( CPSO# 33838 )

Business Address:
109 - 460 St. Laurent Boulevard
Ottawa ON  K1K 4Z2
Phone Number: (613) 748-1113

Medical Licences in Other Jurisdictions

Effective September 1, 2015, the College by-laws require the College to indicate on the register if the member has a licence or is registered to practise medicine in a jurisdiction outside Ontario, if this is known to the College.


Registration History

Action Issue Date
First certificate of registration issued: Postgraduate Education Certificate Effective: 01 Jul 1981
Transfer of class of registration to: Independent Practice Certificate Effective: 17 Dec 1982
Transfer of class of certificate to: Restricted certificate Effective: 08 Feb 2018
Terms and conditions imposed on certificate by Inquiries, Complaints and Repo Effective: 08 Feb 2018

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Imposed By Effective Date Expiry Date Status
Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee Effective: 08 Feb 2018 Active
             As from 12:01 a.m., February 8, 2018, by order of the Inquiries, Complaints and
            Reports Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, the
            following terms, conditions and limitations are imposed on the certificate of
            registration held by Dr. Edward James Smith:

            Practice Restriction
            (i)   Dr. Smith shall not perform any procedures that can only be performed in
                  an Out of Hospital Premises as defined in Ontario Regulation 114/94, made
                  under the Medicine Act, 1991.

            (ii)  Dr. Smith shall provide the College with the addresses of all locations
                  where he practices ("Practice Location(s)").  If he commences practice at
                  a new location subsequently, he shall provide to the College the address
                  of the new Practice Location(s) within five (5) days of commencing
                  practice at that location.

            (iii) Dr. Smith will submit to, and not interfere with, unannounced inspections
                  of his Practice Location(s) and to any other activity the College deems
                  necessary in order to monitor his compliance with the provisions of this

            (iv)  Dr. Smith will provide to the College his irrevocable consent in the form
                  attached at Appendix "B", to permit the College to make enquiries of OHIP
                  in order  to monitor his compliance with the terms of this Order.

            (v)   Dr. Smith acknowledges that a breach by him of any provision of this
                  Order may constitute an act of professional misconduct and/or
                  incompetence, and may result in a referral of specified allegations to
                  the Discipline Committee.

Previous Hearings Flag: indicates a concern or additional information

Committee: Discipline
Decision Date: 12 Jul 2019

On July 12, 2019, the Discipline Committee found that Dr. Edward James Smith 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, and has failed to maintain the standard of 
 practice of the profession. 

 The Committee found that between 2012 and May 2017, Dr. Smith provided nerve blocks to patients for 
 the treatment and management of chronic pain in a clinic that was not an Out-of-Hospital Premises 
(“OHP”) approved by the College’s Out-of-Hospital Premises Inspection Program (“OHPIP”). Nerve blocks 
performed for the treatment or management of chronic pain must be performed in an OHP. All OHPs 
are subject to the OHPIP, to relevant legislation and to Program Standards. 

In 2011, Dr. Smith wrote to the College stating that he did not fall within the College’s OHPIP and that he 
did not perform procedures that could only be performed in an OHP.  As a result, his clinic was never 
inspected or approved by the OHPIP, as required by legislation. Contrary to the information he provided 
to the College, Dr. Smith continued to provide nerve blocks that can only be provided in an approved 
OHP until May 2017, when an unannounced inspection by the College determined that he was in fact 
providing OHP procedures in an unapproved clinic. The Committee found that the membership would 
regard Dr. Smith’s conduct in this regard as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional. 

As part of its investigation, the College obtained a report from Dr. Joseph Doran, an anesthesiologist 
with both a hospital practice and a clinic practice in pain management. Dr. Doran’s report outlines the 
risks to patients in providing OHP procedures in an unapproved setting. In Dr. Doran’s opinion, providing 
OHP procedures in a non-OHP setting is a failure to maintain the standard of practice.  

In addition, Dr. Doran reviewed eleven patient charts that had been obtained as part of the College’s 
investigation. In Dr. Doran’s opinion, as outlined in his report, Dr. Smith failed to maintain the standard 
of practice and displayed a lack of knowledge and judgement. The Committee found that Dr. Smith did 
not maintain the standard of practice of the profession. 

The Committee therefore found the allegations of disgraceful, dishonourable, or unprofessional conduct 
and failure to meet the standard of practice of the profession were proven.

Hearing Date(s): July 12, 2019