Pontarini, Galdino (CPSO#: 30015)

Current Status: Active Member as of 01 Jul 2006

CPSO Registration Class: Restricted as of 26 Jun 2000

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Summary

Former Name: No Former Name

Gender: Male

Languages Spoken: English, Italian

Education:University of Toronto, 1977

Practice Information

Primary Location of Practice
First Medical Place
Suite 202
170 Queensway West
Mississauga ON  L5B 3A8
Phone: (905) 275-3822
Fax: (905) 275-4001
Electoral District: 05
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Professional Corporation Information

Corporation Name: Dr. Galdino E. Pontarini Medicine Professional Corporation

Certificate of Authorization Status: Issued Date:  Feb 07 2006

Shareholders:
Dr. G. Pontarini ( CPSO# 30015 )

Business Address:
Medical Place Primary Care Centre
202 - 170 Queensway West
Mississauga ON  L5B 3A8
Phone Number: (905) 275-0185

Registration History

Action Issue Date
First certificate of registration issued: Independent Practice Certificate Effective: 20 Jun 1978
Transfer of class of certificate to: Restricted certificate Effective: 26 Jun 2000
Terms and conditions imposed on certificate by Discipline Committee Effective: 26 Jun 2000
Suspension of registration imposed: Discipline Committee Effective: 01 Dec 2000
Suspension of registration removed Effective: 01 Mar 2001
Suspension of registration imposed: Discipline Committee Effective: 01 Sep 2001
Suspension of registration removed Effective: 01 Dec 2001
Terms and conditions amended by Discipline Committee Effective: 24 Apr 2006
Suspension of registration imposed: Discipline Committee Effective: 01 May 2006
Suspension of registration removed Effective: 01 Jul 2006
Terms and conditions amended by Discipline Committee Effective: 24 Apr 2008
Terms and conditions amended by member Effective: 07 Jul 2011
Terms and conditions amended by member Effective: 26 Jun 2012
Terms and conditions amended by member Effective: 12 Oct 2015
Terms and conditions amended by member Effective: 14 Sep 2018

Practice Restrictions

Imposed By Effective Date Expiry Date Status  
member Effective: 14 Sep 2018 Active View Details [+]
            As from June 26, 2012, the following is imposed as a term, condition and
            limitation on the certificate of registration held by Dr. Galdino Pontarini, in
            accordance with an undertaking and consent given by Dr. Pontarini to the
            College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario:

                  Dr. Pontarini has  relinquished, and will never re-apply for or seek to
                  obtain, his prescribing privileges with respect to the following drugs,
                  substances and preparations set out in the corresponding regulations, as
                  amended from time to time, and summarized as follows:
                  
            Drug/Substance          Relinquished       

            Narcotic Drugs
            (from the Narcotic Control Regulations
             made under the Controlled Drugs
             and Substances Act, S.C., 1996, c. 19)    X

            Narcotic Preparations
            (from the Narcotic Control Regulations
             made under the Controlled Drugs
             and Substances Act, S.C., 1996, c. 19)    X

            Controlled Drugs
            (from Schedule G of the Regulations
             under the Food and Drugs
             Act, S.C., 1985, c. F-27)          X

            Benzodiazepines/Other Targeted Substances
            (from the Benzodiazepines and Other 
            Targeted Substances Regulations made 
            under the Controlled Drugs and 
            Substances Act., S.C., 1996, c. 19)   X

            As from June 26, 2000, by order of the Discipline Committee on June 26, 2000,
            Dr. Galdino Pontarini is prohibited from practising emergency medicine until
            such time as he satisfies the Registrar, at the Registrar's sole discretion,
            that he is fit to return to the practice of emergency medicine and has been
            properly retrained in the practice of emergency medicine.

Previous Hearings

Committee: Discipline
Decision Date: 26 Jun 2012
Summary:

On June 26, 2012, the Discipline Committee found that Dr. Galdino Pontarini committed an act 
of professional misconduct, in that he failed to maintain the standard of practice of the 
profession, and in that he engaged in 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. Pontarini did not contest the allegations. 
 
Dr. Pontarini is a family physician practising in Mississauga, Ontario. 
 
Dr. Pontarini persistently failed to meet the standard of practice in respect of record-keeping in 
the 21 charts reviewed by the College's expert. Dr. Pontarini's clinical notes were deficient in at 
least 50% of the entries in all of the 21 patient charts reviewed. Many were extremely brief to the 
point that it was not possible to determine whether the patient was adequately assessed. 
 
Eight of the patient charts reviewed by the expert involved the prescribing of stimulants. Dr. 
Pontarini failed to maintain the standard of practice of the profession in regard to his prescribing 
of stimulants to all eight patients. In particular, the deficiencies included treating patients with 
stimulants without a supporting diagnosis and/or appropriate assessment, failing to appropriately 
monitor compliance or the effects of the stimulants prescribed, and failing to take appropriate 
precautions for the safe prescribing of stimulants. 
 
Between August 13, 2009 and September 16, 2010, Dr. Pontarini wrote ten prescriptions for a 
dog that belonged to one of his patients. The prescriptions were for phenobarbital and for 
potassium bromide. Dr. Pontarini is not licensed to practise veterinary medicine. 
 
On July 7, 2011, Dr. Pontarini executed an undertaking to the College voluntarily relinquishing 
his prescribing privileges for narcotic drugs, narcotic preparations, controlled drugs and 
benzodiazepines and other targeted substances. Dr. Pontarini has now executed an undertaking to 
the College that he will never reapply for such privileges. 
 
The Discipline Committee ordered and directed that: 
 
1.    the Registrar suspend Dr. Pontarini's certificate of registration for a period of one (1) 
      month, to commence on June 30, 2012 at 11:59 p.m.; 
 
2.    the Registrar impose the following terms, conditions and limitations on Dr. Pontarini's 
      certificate of registration until the reassessment referred to in paragraph 5(b) below has 
      been completed, with the exception that paragraph 5(d) shall remain in effect:  
 
      a.    Dr. Pontarini shall participate in and successfully complete an educational 
            program in medical record-keeping with a preceptor who is to be approved by the 
            College in its sole discretion and who has within forty-five (45) days of the date of 
            this Order signed an undertaking to the College in the form attached hereto as 
            "Schedule A." The preceptorship shall be terminated after twelve (12) months, 
            with Dr. Pontarini meeting to review and discuss charts monthly with the 
            preceptor, decreasing to bi-monthly meetings after three (3) months if approved 
            by the preceptor and the College.  Dr. Pontarini shall abide by all 
            recommendations of his preceptor with respect to practice improvements and/or 
            professional development;  
 
      b.    Within twelve (12) months of completing the preceptorship required by paragraph 
            5(a) above, Dr. Pontarini shall undergo a reassessment with regard to medical 
            record-keeping by a College-appointed assessor.  Dr. Pontarini shall abide by all 
            recommendations with regard to medical record-keeping made by the assessor, 
            and the results of the reassessment shall be reported to the College; 
 
      c.    Dr. Pontarini shall cooperate with unannounced inspections of his practice and 
            patient charts by a College representative(s) for the purpose of monitoring and 
            enforcing his compliance with the terms of this Order; and 
 
      d.    Dr. Pontarini shall be responsible for any and all costs associated with 
            implementing the terms of this Order 
. 
3.    Dr. Pontarini attend before the panel to be reprimanded; 
 
4.    Dr. Pontarini shall within thirty (30) days pay the College its costs of this proceeding in 
      the amount of $3,650.00.At the conclusion of the hearing, Dr. Pontarini waived his right 
      to an appeal under subsection 70(1) of the Code and the Committee administered the 
      public reprimand. 
 
 

Decision: Download Full Decision (PDF)
Appeal: No Appeal
Hearing Date(s): June 26, 2012


Committee: Discipline
Decision Date: 24 Apr 2006
Summary:

 On April 24, 2006, the Discipline Committee found Dr. Pontarini to have committed acts of 
 professional misconduct in that he was found guilty of an offence that is relevant to his 
 suitability to practice.  Dr. Pontarini was found guilty of four counts of willfully evading or 
 attempting to evade the payment of taxes stemming from income and expenses relating to his medical 
 practice.  The Committee ordered and directed that:

1.	The Registrar suspend Dr. Pontarini's 
 certificate of registration for a period of two months effective May 1, 2006.

2.	The Registrar 
 imposed the following term, condition and limitation be placed on Dr. Pontarini(s certificate of 
 registration:

i)	Dr. Pontarini shall ensure the completeness and accuracy of his income tax 
 returns be verified by an accountant annually for a period of two years (at Dr. Pontarini(s 
 expense) and that the accountant should be identified in advance and pre-approved by the CPSO and 
 that the accountant report back to the CPSO with his/her findings after each review.

3.	Dr. 
 Pontarini appear before the panel to be reprimanded.

4.	Dr. Pontarini pay costs in the amount of 
 $2,500 by May 24, 2006.

Decision: Download Full Decision (PDF)
Appeal: No Appeal
Hearing Date(s): Apr 24, 2006


Committee: Discipline
Decision Date: 26 Jun 2000
Summary:

On June 26, 2000, the Discipline Committee heard Dr. Pontarini s plea of guilty and found him guilty of professional 
misconduct in that he had been found guilty of an offence relevant to his suitability to practise; in that he failed to maintain the 
records that are required to be kept pursuant to paragraph 18 of Part V of O.Reg. 114/94 made under the Medicine Act, 1991; 
and that he prescribed, dispensed or sold drugs for an improper purpose.    The Committee subsequently ordered the 
following penalty: 
 
1.    Dr. Pontarini be reprimanded and the fact of the reprimand be recorded on the register;  
 
2.    the Registrar suspend Dr. Pontarini s certificate of registration for a period of nine months, three months of which will 
      be suspended on the following conditions (the suspension ): 
      (a)   Dr. Pontarini undertakes to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (the College ) never to 
            re-apply for narcotics prescribing privileges;  
       
      (b)   Dr. Pontarini undertakes to the College to undergo Physician Review Program ( PREP ) and a practice 
            assessment at his own expense and abide by any recommendations and file proof to the satisfaction of the 
            Registrar of having taken PREP and having implemented any recommendations made; and 
 
      (c)   Dr.  Pontarini  undertakes  that  if  he  fails  to  obtain  a  result  of  better  than  category  4  in  PREP,  he  will 
            immediately cease the practice of medicine until such time as he achieves a result of category 3 or better. 
 
3.    the suspension may be served in two three month intervals to commence on dates to be fixed by the Registrar as 
      follows: 
 
      (a)   the first three month suspension period shall commence on or before December 1, 2000; and 
       
      (b)   the second three month suspension period shall commence within six months of the termination of the first 
            suspension period. 
       
4.    the Registrar to impose the following term, condition and limitation on Dr. Pontarini s certificate of registration: 
 
      (a)   Dr. Pontarini be prohibited from practicing emergency medicine until such time as he satisfies the Registrar, 
            at his sole discretion, that he is fit to return to the practice of emergency medicine, and until he has been 
            properly retrained in the practice of emergency medicine. 
       
5.    any breach of the undertakings will be cause for the immediate institution of the remaining three month suspension 
      period and could be cause for further disciplinary proceedings.  
 
6.    Dr. Pontarini to pay the costs of these proceedings fixed in the sum of $15,000.00 said costs to be paid within five 
      months of the date of this order. 
 
                         

Decision: Download Full Decision (PDF)
Appeal: No Appeal
Hearing Date(s): Jun 26, 2000