News Release

Discipline Committee Decisions

Dr. Leona Constance Rudinskas, Weston

Jan 29, 2014

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (“the College”) released the results of its most recent disciplinary hearings. The College is the licensing and disciplinary body for physicians in Ontario. Hearings are held to review allegations of professional misconduct and incompetence, and are open to the public. The following are brief summaries of recent discipline hearing results. The Discipline Committee’s full decisions and reasons for decisions are posted on the College’s website as they become available. Full decisions are located by entering the doctor’s name in the Doctor Search section of the College’s website at www.cpso.on.ca.

Dr. Leona Constance Rudinskas, Weston. On December 9, 2013, the Discipline Committee found that Dr. Rudinskas committed an act of professional misconduct, in that she failed to maintain the standard of practice of the profession. Dr. Rudinskas admitted the allegation. She practises oncology, haematology and internal medicine in Toronto, Ontario.

Patient A
Dr. Rudinskas failed to perform appropriate assessments; round at an appropriate hour; review in a timely manner patient's condition and test results, and respond in a timely manner to information about her condition; appropriately assess her following a haemoglobin drop; order a CT scan on a 'stat' basis; review results of abdominal x-rays demonstrating the existence of a bowel obstruction in a timely manner; diagnose a bowel obstruction in a timely manner; and communicate in a timely manner with the patient's family.

Patient B
Patient B, an infant, died of known cardiac congenital abnormalities. In her role as Coroner, Dr. Rudinskas attended at the hospital and communicated in an insensitive and unprofessional manner with the patient's parents immediately after his death in the course of communicating to them about the policy of the Coroner’s office regarding co-sleeping.

Patient C
Dr. Rudinskas failed to conduct her first patient encounter with Patient C at an appropriate hour; conduct a physical examination during the eight days for which she was his most responsible physician; communicate in a timely and professional manner with the patient and his family, including by failing to adequately discuss her plan of care with him; terminate the physician-patient relationship in accordance with College policy; and accurately document her reason for termination. In terminating the relationship, Dr. Rudinskas communicated with the patient's daughter in an insensitive and unprofessional manner.