Pinto, Christopher (CPSO#: 27508)

Current Status: Expired: Resigned from membership as of 08 Nov 2018

CPSO Registration Class: None as of 08 Nov 2018

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Summary

Former Name: No Former Name

Gender: Male

Languages Spoken: English

Education:University of Toronto, 1974

Practice Information

Primary Location of Practice
Practice Address Not Available
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Professional Corporation Information

Corporation Name: Christopher Pinto Medicine Professional Corporation

Certificate of Authorization Status: Issued Date:  Oct 03 2006

Shareholders:
Dr. C. Pinto ( CPSO# 27508 )

Business Address:
2388A Bloor Street West
Toronto ON  M6S 1P5
Phone Number: (416) 767-2525

Registration History

Action Issue Date
First certificate of registration issued: Postgraduate Education Certificate Effective: 01 Jul 1974
Expired: Terms and conditions of certificate of registration Expiry: 30 Jun 1975
Subsequent certificate of registration Issued: Independent Practice Certificate Effective: 04 Jul 1975
Transfer of class of certificate to: Restricted certificate Effective: 18 Sep 2017
Terms and conditions imposed on certificate Effective: 18 Sep 2017
Terms and conditions amended by member Effective: 16 Aug 2018
Terms and conditions amended by member Effective: 24 Sep 2018
Expired: Resigned from membership. Expiry: 08 Nov 2018

Pending Hearings

Summary: Allegations of Dr. Pinto’s professional misconduct have been referred to the Discipline Committee of the College. It is alleged that Dr. Pinto is incompetent and/or failed to maintain the standard of practice of the profession in his care of patients.

Notice of Hearing: Download Full Notice (PDF)

Previous Hearings

Committee: Discipline
Decision Date: 19 Dec 2016
Summary:

On December 19, 2016, the Discipline Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario 
found that Dr. Christopher Pinto 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. 
 
Dr. Pinto practises family medicine in Toronto, Ontario.  
 
On April 23, 2014, the College’s Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (“ICRC”) considered a 
complaint that claimed that Dr. Pinto failed to administer his office practice in an appropriate manner by 
failing to provide a patient’s medical records to the Workers Safety Insurance Board (“WSIB”) when 
requested by both the WSIB and the complainant. The ICRC disposed of this complaint by requiring Dr. 
Pinto to attend the College to be cautioned and to require him to undertake a specified continuing 
education and remediation program (a “SCERP”).  
 
The ICRC identified the following concerns when it considered the complaint: 
   -  Dr. Pinto’s response to the complaint was that he was unable to find the requested records.  Dr. 
      Pinto is required to maintain an adult patient’s chart for 10 years from the date of the last entry 
      into the record.  He therefore ought to have had the records available when they were requested of 
      him in 2008; 
   -  Dr. Pinto maintained he could not find the records.  This is unacceptable, as it is a physician’s 
      responsibility to maintain records safely.  If Dr. Pinto could not find the file, as he claimed, he 
      should have told this to his patient and the WSIB in a timely fashion;  
   -  Dr. Pinto’s response to the WSIB requests for timely information was dismissive, and may have 
      had a deleterious effect on his patient’s welfare. 
 
The SCERP ordered requires Dr. Pinto to engage a preceptor acceptable to the College to complete the 
SCERP, and to: 
   -  engage in focused educational sessions with a preceptor acceptable to the College in the topic of 
      office practice and management.   
   -  maintain a log of requests for documentation throughout the preceptorship, noting all request 
      details, dates of requests and responses to the requests.  
   -  undergo a reassessment which will consist of a review of office practice and management 
      approximately six months following the completion of the preceptorship. 
 
Dr. Pinto appealed the decision to the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (“HPARB”), which 
confirmed the ICRC’s decision. 
 
After the HPARB released its decision on June 2, 2015, the College’s Compliance Case Manager 
requested that Dr. Pinto propose the name of a preceptor for College approval so that Dr. Pinto could 
engage in the educational sessions ordered by the ICRC. Dr. Pinto proposed potential preceptors on June 
22, and then on August 7 and August 12, 2015, who were either unacceptable to the College or unwilling 
to perform the task requested.    
 
The Compliance Case Manager wrote to Dr. Pinto, through his counsel, on August 27, 2015 requesting 
that Dr. Pinto follow-up with a potential proposed preceptor.  Dr. Pinto, through his counsel, indicated he 
would follow up.  The Compliance Case Manager heard nothing further regarding this preceptor.  
 
The Compliance Case Manager wrote to Dr. Pinto, through his counsel, on September 14 and September 
23, 2015 requesting an update.  The College received no response for some time.  
 
On November 10, 2015, Dr. Pinto, through his counsel, was advised that if he did not provide the name of 
a preceptor by November 18, 2015, the Compliance Case Manager would bring this matter to the 
attention of the ICRC to consider his non-compliance with the SCERP. 
 
On November 16, 2015, Dr. Pinto proposed another preceptor.  However, the proposed preceptor had not 
been approached by Dr. Pinto and ultimately did not agree to act as preceptor.    
 
When the ICRC considered Dr. Pinto’s failure to comply with the SCERP on February 10, 2016, Dr. 
Pinto had still not obtained a preceptor by that time.  The ICRC referred allegations of professional 
misconduct to the Discipline Committee. 
 
Dr. Pinto did not propose an additional preceptor until March 17, 2016, after allegations of professional 
misconduct were referred to the Discipline Committee. The College finally received an executed 
undertaking from an acceptable preceptor on April 25, 2016, almost one year after HPARB confirmed the 
ICRC’s SCERP.  
 
Dr. Pinto’s preceptor provided a report to the College on August 15, 2016 and noted that Dr. Pinto has 
failed to maintain a log of requests for documentation (noting all request details, dates of requests and 
responses to the requests) as required in the ICRC’s Order, referred to in paragraph 5 above. Dr. Pinto had 
begun to create an electronic log, but it was not complete and did not contain the required information. 
 
PENALTY 
 
On December 19, 2016, the Discipline Committee ordered and directed that: 
   -  Dr. Pinto appear before the panel to be reprimanded.  
   -  Dr. Pinto to pay costs to the College in the amount of $5,000.00 within thirty (30) days of the date 
      this Order.

Decision: Download Full Decision (PDF)
Hearing Date(s): December 19, 2016

Concerns

Source: Member
Active Date: November 8, 2018
Expiry Date:
Summary:
Summary of the Undertaking given by Dr. Christopher Pinto to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, effective November 8, 2018:

Dr. Pinto was referred to the Discipline Committee on allegations of professional misconduct (i.e. that he failed to maintain the standard of practice) and incompetence. In the face of these allegations, Dr. Pinto resigned from the College, effective November 8, 2018, and has agreed never to apply or reapply for registration as a physician in Ontario or any other jurisdiction.
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