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A Winnipeg doctor has been suspended for sending harassing pages to fellow doctors and lying to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba.

According to a report made public on the College's website, Dr. Karen Moran de Muller pleaded guilty to charges of professional misconduct at a hearing earlier this month.

In the summer of 2005, Moran de Muller paged two doctors in the middle of the night to return calls to hospital services like the social work office that were closed. The doctors were also paged to fax machines or wards where no one needed to speak to them.

Later that year, in a meeting with the College's deputy registrar, Moran de Muller lied and said she had not made harassing pages to two colleagues.

Police ultimately traced the calls to Moran de Muller's cellphone and charged her with criminal harassment. The charges were stayed in return for a letter of apology, but the investigation by the College continued. Though she initially denied making the calls, in June of last year she admitted to investigators that she had lied to them and had indeed made the pages.

The College's inquiry panel noted that Moran de Muller's actions hadn't directly affected patients and that she accepted full responsibility for her actions, apologized and is a low risk to re-offend.

But the inquiry panel noted that she was censured by the College in 2005 after complaints by two separate patients. The College found she had not kept adequate patient records and failed to conduct physical exams when they were warranted.

Moran de Muller has be suspended for three months, ordered to get therapy and pay $9,828.20 for the cost of the proceedings.

-- Staff

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 28, 2009 A5

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Updated on Tuesday, July 28, 2009 at 8:28 PM CDT: A story in Tuesday’s paper said that Dr. Karen Moran de Muller has been suspended for three months by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba. In fact, Moran de Muller’s three-month suspension will be waived, provided she seeks therapy.

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