Doctor defends record, cites bias

The Saskatchewan radiologist whose work has sparked a review of 70,000 exams says he’s the subject of a “modern-day lynching” by the group that regulates doctors in the province.

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YORKTON, Sask. — The Saskatchewan radiologist whose work has sparked a review of 70,000 exams says he’s the subject of a “modern-day lynching” by the group that regulates doctors in the province.

At a news conference Wednesday in Yorkton, Dr. Darius Tsatsi tried to defend his reputation and claimed the Saskatchewan College of Physicians and Surgeons has a bias against him.

“The Health Ministry, the regional authorities and College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan . . . have misinterpreted the facts, misled the public about my work, the nature of the investigation against me, my qualifications, certification and related facts,” said Tsatsi.

An initial audit of 103 of his cases in 2008 resulted in the college calling for a larger review of all his work since he started working in Saskatchewan in 2004.

Questions about his work first surfaced when another doctor raised concerns at the end of 2005. There was a review in 2006 and a competency committee with the college later found that Tsatsi “lacked skills and knowledge in certain specific areas.”

Over the next two years, Tsatsi upgraded his skills but failed two exams. He believes he’s “being held to a standard above everyone else.”

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