Doctor accused of murdering elderly patient in Hawkesbury, Ont., granted bail

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The Hawkesbury and District General Hospital is shown in March, when an 89-year-old patient died. Police have charged Dr. Brian Nadler, 35, of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que., with first-degree murder. He has been granted bail. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press - image credit)
The Hawkesbury and District General Hospital is shown in March, when an 89-year-old patient died. Police have charged Dr. Brian Nadler, 35, of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que., with first-degree murder. He has been granted bail. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press - image credit)

An eastern Ontario doctor charged in the death of an elderly patient in Hawkesbury, Ont., in March has been granted bail.

Dr. Brian Nadler, 35, appeared in court in L'Orignal, Ont., on Monday.

Nadler is charged with one count of first-degree murder in the death of 89-year-old Albert Poidinger of Pointe-Claire, Que. He was a patient at the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital, which is located between Ottawa and Montreal.

Nadler's lawyer, Brian Greenspan, confirmed to CBC News that following an application for bail to the Superior Court of Justice, his release was granted and bail was set at $10,000.

Nadler can't practise medicine

As part of his bail conditions, he must remain in Canada and stay at the address approved by his surety. He also can't practise medicine or contact any staff, patients or relatives treated at the Hawkesbury hospital, Greenspan said.

Nadler was released on bail Monday and the next court date is scheduled for July 13, confirmed a spokesperson for the Ministry of the Attorney General.

The Ontario Provincial Police have also been investigating the deaths of other patients at the hospital.

In April, police said autopsies had been performed on an unspecified number of people, but an analysis and toxicology reports could take several months to complete.

Medications used to treat COVID-19 patients at the hospital are part of the murder investigation, CBC News learned in April.

Suspended by professional college

Nadler, who lives in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que., was suspended by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario days after he was charged on March 26.

According to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan, he faced two professional misconduct charges during his time at St. Paul's Hospital in Saskatoon — one for calling a female colleague a "bitch" after a disagreement and telling someone else he "felt like slapping" that colleague and another for improper patient record-keeping.

While working in the U.S. state of Nevada, Nadler appeared before the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners in September 2018 and said staff members in Saskatoon emotionally abused him.

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