No Current Referrals.
No Practice Restrictions.
Source: ICR Committee
Active Date: August 30, 2014
Dr. Barwin resigned from the College effective August 30, 2014 and has agreed never to apply or re-apply for registration as a physician in Ontario or any other jurisdiction.
Past Findings of the Discipline or Fitness To Practise Committee
Decision Date: 31 Jan 2013
On January 31, 2013, the Disciplined Committee found that Dr. Bernard Norman Barwin
committed an act of professional misconduct, in that he has failed to maintain the standard of
practice of the profession. Dr. Barwin admitted the allegation.
Dr. Barwin is a general practitioner with additional training in obstetrics and gynaecology. He
has practised in Ontario in artificial insemination, among other areas of medicine since 1973.
Patient A became pregnant in 2004 as a result of artificial insemination conducted by Dr. Barwin.
Approximately three years later, Patient A found out, through DNA testing, that her child was not
the product of the donor sperm she had instructed Dr. Barwin to use to inseminate her.
In or about late 2006/early 2007, Patient B went to Dr. Barwin with her sister, Patient C, who had
agreed to act as Patient B's surrogate. Dr. Barwin was to artificially inseminate Patient C with
the sperm of Patient B's husband. Patient C discovered, through DNA testing in 2008, that her
child was not the biological child of Patient B's husband.
In or about 1985 and 1986, Patient D went to Dr. Barwin for the purpose of being artificially
inseminated with her husband's sperm. In approximately 2011, Patient D discovered, through
DNA testing, that her son was not her husband's biological child.
The errors in the inseminations of Patients A and C occurred after Dr. Barwin had been notified
by the College of an error he made in his insemination of another patient, Patient E, in 1994.
Patient E discovered, following the birth of her child in June, 1995, that the child was not the
product of the donor sperm she had instructed Dr. Barwin to use to inseminate her. Dr. Barwin
was notified of this error by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and states that he
took some steps to endeavour to ensure that no such errors would occur in his practice in the
Dr. Barwin and an expert review were unable to identify any evident errors in the conduct of the
artificial inseminations or in Dr. Barwin's office policies and procedures regarding his artificial
insemination practice. However, Dr. Barwin accepts that errors in his practice, which would fall
below the standard of care, resulted in his failure to provide his patients with offspring from their
intended biological fathers. These concerns do not involve any other areas of Dr. Barwin's
The Discipline Committee ordered and directed that:
the Registrar suspend Dr. Barwin's certificate of registration for a period of two (2)
months commencing immediately.
Dr. Barwin attend before this panel to be reprimanded.
Dr. Barwin pay costs to the College in the amount of $3,650.00 within thirty (30) days of
the date of this Order.
Decision: Download Full Decision (PDF)
Appeal: No Appeal
Hearing Date(s): January 31, 2013
Member-reported Findings of Malpractice/Professional Negligence
Effective June 4, 2009, the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA) requires members to report to the College any finding of professional
negligence or malpractice made against them.
No findings reported since June 4, 2009.