Wu, Howard (CPSO#: 67746)

Current Status: Active Member as of 01 Dec 2013

CPSO Registration Class: Restricted as of 05 Apr 2002

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Summary

Former Name: No Former Name

Gender: Male

Languages Spoken: Cantonese, English, Mandarin

Education:Queen's University, 1994

Practice Information

Primary Location of Practice
Smart Health Medical Clinic
Unit 9
4080 Steeles Avenue East
Markham ON  L3R 4C3
Phone: (905) 948-9738
Fax: (905) 948-9740
Electoral District: 05
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Professional Corporation Information

Corporation Name: Howard Wu Medicine Professional Corporation

Certificate of Authorization Status: Issued Date:  Oct 23 2009

Shareholders:
Dr. H. Wu ( CPSO# 67746 )

Business Address:
Smart Health Medical Clinic
Unit 9
4080 Steeles Avenue East
Markham ON  L3R 4C3
Phone Number: (905) 948-9738

Specialties

Specialty Issued On Type
Family Medicine Effective: 05 Jun 1997 CFPC Specialist

Postgraduate Training

Please note: This information may not be a complete record of postgraduate training.

University of Toronto, 01 Jul 1994 to 30 Jun 1995
PostGrad Yr 1 - Family Medicine

University of Toronto, 01 Jul 1995 to 30 Jun 1996
PostGrad Yr 1 - Family Medicine

University of Toronto, 01 Jul 1996 to 30 Jun 1997
PostGrad Yr 2 - Family Medicine

Registration History

Action Issue Date
First certificate of registration issued: Postgraduate Education Certificate Effective: 01 Jul 1994
Transfer of class of registration to: Independent Practice Certificate Effective: 30 Jun 1997
Transfer of class of certificate to: Restricted certificate Effective: 05 Apr 2002
Terms and conditions imposed on certificate by member Effective: 05 Apr 2002
Terms and conditions amended by member Effective: 30 Apr 2004
Terms and conditions amended by member Effective: 11 May 2005
Terms and conditions amended by Executive Committee Effective: 30 Jan 2008
Terms and conditions amended by Discipline Committee Effective: 25 Apr 2009
Suspension of registration imposed: Discipline Committee Effective: 23 Jun 2009
Suspension of registration removed Effective: 23 Oct 2009
Terms and conditions amended by member Effective: 27 Jul 2011
Terms and conditions amended by member Effective: 22 Mar 2013
Terms and conditions amended by Discipline Committee Effective: 29 Apr 2013
Suspension of registration imposed: Discipline Committee Effective: 01 Jun 2013
Suspension of registration removed Effective: 01 Dec 2013
Terms and conditions amended by member Effective: 02 Feb 2016
Terms and conditions amended by member Effective: 08 Mar 2016
Terms and conditions amended by member Effective: 23 Jul 2018

Pending Hearings

Summary: (June 14, 2018) Allegations of Dr. Wu’s professional misconduct and incompetence were referred to the Discipline Committee of the College. It is alleged that Dr. Wu is incompetent and/or failed to maintain the standard of practice of the profession in his care of patients. It is alleged that he engaged in disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional conduct by failing to comply with his duty to disclose to the College that he was charged with criminal offences and that he was found guilty of offences, or failing to make such disclosure in a timely way. It is alleged that Dr. Wu engaged in disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional conduct in failing to respond to inquiries from an insurance company, submission of claims to the Ontario Health Insurance Plan without appropriate support in his medical records, and failing to ensure appropriate storage and maintenance of medical records. It is further alleged that Dr. Wu engaged in disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional behaviour, and had a conflict of interest, regarding his relationship with a supplier of medical devices and his prescribing or recommendation of such devices. It is also alleged that Dr. Wu was found guilty of offences relevant to his suitability to practice.

Notice of Hearing: Download Full Notice (PDF)

Practice Restrictions

Imposed By Effective Date Expiry Date Status
member Effective: 23 Jul 2018 Active

Previous Hearings

Committee: Discipline
Decision Date: 29 Apr 2013
Summary:

On April 29, 2013, the Discipline Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of 
Ontario found that Dr. Howard Wu committed acts of professional misconduct in that,   
he failed to maintain the standard of practice of the profession and, 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. The 
Discipline Committee also found that Dr. Wu is incompetent. 
 
Dr. Wu is a family physician practising in Markham. As a result of five investigations into his 
practice, the ICRC referred allegations to the Discipline Committee by notices of hearing dated 
July 6, 2011 and September 5, 2012. 
 
On July 27, 2011, Dr. Wu signed an Undertaking not to prescribe narcotics or other controlled 
substances (Restricted Substances), subject to the engagement of a College-approved Clinical 
Supervisor. Following an investigation into Dr. Wu's compliance with the Undertaking, the 
ICRC referred an additional allegation of disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional conduct 
by breaching his Undertaking to the Discipline Committee by notice of hearing dated April 4, 
2013. 
 
Dr. Wu admitted that: 
 
            he failed to maintain the standard of practice and is incompetent in his chronic 
            pain practice in relation to forty charts as detailed in the reports of the medical 
            assessors. 
 
            he failed to maintain the standard of practice in his family practice in relation to 
            five charts, as detailed in the report of a medical assessor. 
 
            he failed to maintain the standard of practice and engaged in disgraceful, 
            dishonourable or unprofessional conduct with respect to his delegation of 
            controlled acts in relation to three charts as detailed in the report of a medical 
            assessor. 
 
            he engaged in disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional conduct by breaching 
            his Undertaking as follows: 
 
      a)    by issuing a prescription for Testosterone on August 10, 2011 before engaging a 
            Clinical Supervisor acceptable to the College; 
 
      b)    between June 2012 until October/November 2012 by failing to ensure his Clinical 
            Supervisor co-signed patient charts to indicate he approved of the prescription for 
            each and every Restricted Substance prescription issued by Dr. Wu;    
       
      c)    by failing to ensure the charts co-signed by his Clinical Supervisor for two 
            patients on December 4, 2012 accurately reflected the prescriptions issued to the 
            patients; and 
 
      d)    by failing to include required information in his log pertaining to prescriptions for 
            Restricted Substances in relation to five patients. 
 
The Discipline Committee ordered and directed that: 
 
            The Registrar suspend Dr. Wu's certificate of registration for a period of six (6) 
            months commencing June 1, 2013. 
 
            The Registrar place the following terms, conditions and limitations on Dr. Wu's 
            certificate of registration: 
 
      (a)   Dr. Wu shall not issue new prescriptions or renew existing prescriptions for any of 
            the following substances: 
 
            (i)   Narcotic Drugs (from the Narcotic Control Regulations made under the 
                  Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, S.C., 1996, c. 19); 
 
            (ii)  Narcotic Preparations (from the Narcotic Control Regulations made under 
                  the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, S.C., 1996, c. 19); 
 
            (iii) Controlled Drugs (from Schedule G of the Regulations under the Food and 
                  Drugs Act, S.C., 1985, c. F-27); and 
 
            (iv)  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) 
 
            (collectively referred to as the "Restricted Substances") 
 
      (A summary of the above-named drugs [from Appendix I to the Compendium of 
      Pharmaceuticals and Specialties] is attached hereto as Schedule "A" [to the Order]; and 
      the current regulatory lists are attached hereto as Schedule "B") 
 
      (b)   Dr. Wu shall post a clearly visible sign in his waiting room in the form set out at 
            Schedule "C" [to the Order].  For further clarity, this sign shall state as follows: 
            "Dr. Wu cannot prescribe Narcotic Drugs, Narcotic Preparations, Controlled 
            Drugs, Benzodiazepines and Other Targeted Substances."  A sign reflecting this 
            restriction will also be posted in Chinese. 
 
      (c)   Dr. Wu shall not delegate to any other person any Controlled Act as that term is 
            defined in the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991.  
 
 
 
              
(d)   Approximately one month after the completion of the suspension required by 
      paragraph 3 of this Order, Dr. Wu shall undergo an assessment of his family 
      practice by a College-appointed assessor (the "Assessor(s)") at his expense.   
      The Assessor(s) shall report the results of the assessment to the College.  Dr. Wu 
      shall abide by any recommendations of the Assessor(s). 
              
(e)   Dr. Wu shall consent to the sharing of information between the Assessor(s) and 
      the College as any of them deem necessary or desirable in order to fulfill their 
      respective obligations. 
              
(f)   Dr. Wu shall co-operate with unannounced inspections of his office practice and 
      patient charts by the College for the purpose of monitoring and enforcing his 
      compliance with the terms of this Order and will make his OHIP billings 
      accessible to the College for this purpose. 
              
      Dr. Wu appear before the panel to be reprimanded.   
              
      Dr. Wu to pay costs to the College in the amount of $3,650 within thirty (30) days 
      from the date of this Order. 
              
              

Decision: Download Full Decision (PDF)
Appeal: No Appeal
Hearing Date(s): April 29, 2013


Committee: Discipline
Decision Date: 12 Jan 2009
Summary:

On January 12, 2009, the Discipline Committee accepted Dr. Wu s admission and found that he 
engaged in acts of professional misconduct by contravening a term, condition and limitation on 
his certificate of registration and by engaging in disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional 
conduct by breaching an April 2002 undertaking to not perform nerve blocks in his practice of 
medicine. 
 
On April 24, 2009, the Discipline Committee ordered the following penalty:     
 
1.    The Registrar suspend Dr. Wu s certificate of registration for a period of six months to 
      commence within 60 days of this order, two months of which shall be suspended upon 
      Dr. Wu s successful completion, at his own expense, of the College s Medical Ethics and 
      Informed Consent Course.  
 
2.    That the following terms, conditions and limitations be imposed on Dr. Wu s certificate 
      of registration: 
 
      (a)   That Dr. Wu be prohibited from performing any nerve blocks in his medical 
            practice; 
 
      (b)   That Dr. Wu provide a signed consent allowing the College to have access to his 
            OHIP billings; 
 
      (c)   That Dr. Wu shall submit to and not interfere with unannounced inspections of his 
            office(s) and practice(s) and patient charts by a College representative for the 
            purposes of monitoring and enforcing his compliance with the terms of this Order. 
            If monitoring reports are satisfactory to the College and compliance demonstrated, 
            monitoring shall cease after a period of 5 years; 
 
      (d)   That Dr. Wu post a sign, in a visible location in his office, in both Chinese and 
            English, that he is prohibited by the College from performing nerve blocks, and 
            that a signed consent be enclosed in each patient s chart, that they have been 
            informed of this restriction; 
 
      (e)   That Dr. Wu will have a monitor present for all chronic pain patients, at his own 
            expense and pursuant to the following terms: 
 
            (i)   That the monitor shall be a member of a health profession pursuant to the 
                  terms of the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, S.O. 1991, c.18, who 
                  is aware of the terms of the Order and acceptable to the College; 
 
            (ii)  That the monitor keep a log of all chronic pain patients seen, and    
                  submits this to the College quarterly with a written report on Dr. Wu s 
                  conduct; 
 
            (iii) That the monitor signs and dates contemporaneously the corresponding 
                  entry in the medical record; 
 
            (iv)  That monitoring may cease two years from the date of this Order providing 
                  the College is satisfied that Dr. Wu has been compliant with this Order. 
3.    Dr. Wu shall appear before the Committee to be reprimanded, and results of this 
      proceeding shall be included on the register. 
 
4.    Dr. Wu shall pay costs to the College of $3,650 within 60 days of the date of this Order. 
 
  
 
  
 
 

Decision: Download Full Decision (PDF)
Appeal: No Appeal
Hearing Date(s): Jan 12, 2009

Concerns

Source: Member
Active Date: July 23, 2018
Expiry Date:
Summary:
Summary of the Undertaking given by Dr. Howard Wu to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, effective July 23, 2018:

Dr. Wu is the subject of a referral to the Discipline Committee into allegations of incompetence and professional misconduct, in that it is alleged that he failed to maintain the standard of practice of the profession, has been found guilty of an offence that is relevant to his suitability to practise, had a conflict of interest, and has 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.

As a result of the referral, Dr. Wu has restricted his practice as follows:

Dr. Wu will not perform any periodic oculo-visual assessments or major eye examinations as defined in the OHIP Schedule of Benefits. This includes but is not limited to performing refractions; and

Dr. Wu will refer any patient who is an infant under three (3) months of age who presents with a history of fever to an emergency department or a pediatrician on an urgent basis


Source: Member
Active Date: February 6, 2018
Expiry Date:
Summary:
Criminal Finding(s)

If, on or after June 1, 2015, a member is found guilty under the Criminal Code of Canada or the Ontario Health Insurance Act, the College By-laws require certain information about the finding of guilt to be posted on the register if the information is known to the College.

The following are findings of guilt made against this member on or after June 1, 2015, as known to the College, together with the corresponding information:

On January 9, 2017, Howard Wu was found guilty of operating a motor vehicle while disqualified from doing so, contrary to Section 259(4) of the Criminal Code of Canada. Dr. Wu was prohibited from operating a motor vehicle for a period of one year and was ordered to pay a fine of $1,000 plus a victim surcharge of $300.


Source: Member
Active Date: March 8, 2016
Expiry Date:
Summary:
Summary of the Undertaking given by Dr. Howard Wu to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, effective March 8, 2016:

Dr. Wu was the subject of a College investigation into his standard of practice. As a result of the investigation:
• Dr. Wu will practise under the guidance of a Clinical Supervisor acceptable to the College for minimum 12 months;
• Dr. Wu will engage in professional education in medical record-keeping and infection control; and
• Dr. Wu’s practice will be reassessed by an assessor selected by the College approximately 6 months after the end of the period of Clinical Supervision.


Source: Member
Active Date: February 2, 2016
Expiry Date:
Summary:
Summary of the Undertaking given by Dr. Howard Wu to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, effective February 2, 2016:

In addition to his previous Discipline Committee order that prohibits Dr. Wu from prescribing narcotics and controlled substances, Dr. Wu shall not prescribe monitored substances.