For years, Dr. Paul Shuen was a highly-respected obstetrician and gynaecological oncologist at Toronto’s North York General Hospital. He delivered more babies than a lot of his peers and enjoyed accolades from others in the cushy world of Toronto medicine. But then a pair of nurses discovered he had been secretly inducing labour in his patients so that they would deliver on his schedule — one that would involve him going home with more money per birth. It resulted in him losing his license…a departure that was wrapped up as a retirement from an esteemed career, despite the finding that he had put his patients’ lives at risk. Michael Lista and his editors at Toronto Life had to fight for access to evidence heard against Dr. Shuen in his disciplinary hearings, in order to reveal this doctor’s misdeeds in a stunning piece of investigative journalism.
Guest: Michael Lista, contributing editor, Toronto Life. You can read his piece on Dr. Shuen here.
(Note: There are some graphic details in this episode that some listeners may find disturbing.)