Posted February 16, 2021
Dr. Stephen Torres is registered with the College of Dental Surgeons of BC (CDSBC) as a general dentist.
Following an investigation by CDSBC, the Inquiry Committee, which oversees investigations, directed that the Registrar issue a citation (notice of hearing) against Dr. Torres. No hearing was scheduled as the Inquiry Committee accepted a proposal for resolution from Dr. Torres, which included admissions under section 37.1 of the Health Professions Act.
Dr. Torres committed professional misconduct by failing to fully and properly implement the practice changes that he agreed to in a Memorandum of Acknowledgement and Understanding (MAU) previously entered into with CDSBC in 2013, which required him to undergo two chart reviews. The chart review identified concerns relating to Dr. Torres' diagnosis and treatment planning, informed consent protocols and recordkeeping.
Dr. Torres has admitted to professional misconduct in that, with respect to a number of patients, he:
The consent order states that Dr. Torres must:
This is a summary of the consent order approved by the Inquiry Committee on January 29, 2021. Full details are available in the consent order package (PDF).