In 1999 and 2000, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan (CPSS) found Dr. Maher Hanna guilty of unprofessional conduct. The CPSS Web site provides the following details:
In 1999 Dr. Hanna entered guilty pleas to four charges of unprofessional conduct. He admitted that he:
- Was untruthful to the College when he responded to a concern that the CV of a physician who he had employed to work in his clinic had been falsified;
- Failed to maintain the standards of the profession in relation to medical records for 10 patients;
- Failed to follow the College’s bylaws with respect to his chelation practice;
- Was untruthful in advising the College that he was fully compliant with the College’s chelation bylaw.
Dr. Hanna’s license had previously been revoked in relation to another matter. He was suspended for a six-month period that overlapped the period of his license revocation. He was ordered to pay costs of $16,272.
In 1999, Dr. Hanna entered guilty pleas to four charges of unprofessional conduct. He admitted that he:
- Provided false information to a preliminary inquiry committee that he did not perform chelation therapy after February 17, 1998;
- Provided false information to a preliminary inquiry committee that he had recorded symptomatology leading to the diagnosis of ADHD in patients charts;
- Prescribed Ritalin in a manner that did not meet the standards of the profession;
- Submitted accounts to Medical Care Insurance Branch for spirometry services when he had not provided the necessary services to be entitled to bill for such services.
- Dr. Hanna was suspended for a further 5 months and required to pay the costs of the investigation and hearing in the amount of $12,361.
In 2000, Dr. Hanna entered a guilty plea to charges of unprofessional conduct that he:
- Breached an undertaking to post a sign notifying patients that he required a chaperone for examinations of female patients;
- Breached an undertaking that female patients would sign a document confirming that a chaperone was present for interactions with him;
- Billed for medical services which he did not provide.
The penalty imposed was:
- a suspension for six months;
- a fine of $10,000;
- a prohibition on practicing medicine unless there was another physician present in the clinic when Dr. Hanna was seeing patients in the clinic;
- a prohibition against treating female patients unless a chaperone approved by the College was present;
- an order that a physician approved by the College verify, on a monthly basis, that Dr. Hanna had complied with the terms of his undertaking and restrictions;
- an order to repay Medical Services Plan for improper billings.
The CPSS Web site indicates that Dr. Hanna’s license ended in 2002.