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Misconduct allegations mount against prominent Bedford dentist

More parents and former patients of a well-known Halifax dentist are coming forward with allegations of professional misconduct.



a car parked in front of a house: Granville Dental in Bedford is seen on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020.


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Granville Dental in Bedford is seen on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020.

Elsie Higgins says back in 2013, her then-23-month-old son was referred to Granville Dental, along the Bedford Highway, to see Dr. Errol Gaum. She says her son wouldn’t crying and yelling throughout the appointment, and she wasn’t allowed inside to see him.

Misconduct allegations mount against Bedford dentist

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“The crying didn’t stop,” she said. “It was more than just the typical ‘I don’t want to be here’ type of crying.”

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Higgins says when her son came out of the appointment, he was red all over his face and was feeling ill. When they got home, Higgins says they discovered more marks on his face.

“He had indentations from fingernails in his chin, the side of his face, his forehead. His hands were marked up, his arms,” she said.

“It was just something you didn’t want to see on your child.”

Higgins says she filed a complaint with the Canadian Pediatric Society, the Provincial Dental Board of Nova Scotia and the police. She says the dental board indicated Gaum would receive a letter of reprimand.

Global News has reached out to the Canadian Pediatric Society for comment on the allegations. The society said it doesn’t receive or process official complaints, as it isn’t a licensing agent.

Halifax police said it would not comment on the matter, as it is not their practice to provide information in relation to those named in investigations unless there have been charges laid.

The Provincial Dental Board of Nova Scotia did not respond to requests by Global News to confirm it received Higgins’ complaint or whether it issued a letter of reprimand. They say the board is currently not conducting interviews.

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Higgins’ complaint is one of many that have surfaced against Dr. Gaum after a Facebook post describing an appointment last week garnered thousands of shares.

A Facebook page called “Victims of Dr. Errol Gaum” has since been created with others sharing similar stories.

Kelli Kayln says she was referred to Dr. Gaum when she was child back in the 1990s. She says she was referred to him to get a tooth removed.

She, too, says her father wasn’t allowed in the room during the procedure.

“He was pulling (the tooth) out and he had actually put one of his knees, was kneeling on my chest with one leg on the floor to give him stability,” Kayln says.

“He was pulling and pulling, and I was crying and telling him that I’m feeling everything, we need to stop, I’m crying for my parents, and he said shut up.”

Kayln is one of the several members of the “Victims of Dr. Errol Gaum” Facebook page, which

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“We don’t have much time,” the governor said during a briefing. “If we don’t attack and snuff out the virus right now by working collectively with businesses and each other, then the virus will win and it leaves us very little opportunity to save lives and to keep our health systems from being overrun.”

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The Republican Party of New Mexico called the latest requirements another attack on businesses, saying the Democratic governor’s policies during the pandemic have led to a collapsed economy, tens of thousands of job losses and hundreds of permanently shuttered restaurants.

“Locking down New Mexico more is not the answer,” party chairman Steve Pearce said, suggesting that the governor’s rules were arbitrary.

Under the state’s rapid response program, officials responded to more than 830 businesses during the past week. That marked a six-fold increase over the last month. Businesses on the watch list range from hospitals and medical marijuana operations to law firms, car dealerships, grocery stores and gas stations.

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Mount Sinai doctors elected to National Academy of Medicine for contributions to emergency medicine and translational genetics

Brendan G. Carr, MD, MA, MS, Chair of Emergency Medicine for the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Mount Sinai Health System, and Judy H. Cho, MD, Dean of Translational Genetics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Director of The Charles Bronfman Institute for Personalized Medicine, have been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). Election to the NAM is considered one of the highest honors in health and medicine, recognizing individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. With their election, Mount Sinai has 25 faculty members in the NAM.

“The recognitions of Dr. Carr and Dr. Cho are well deserved for their groundbreaking contributions to emergency medicine and translational genetics,” says Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “Dr. Carr’s research has focused not only on improving the emergency care system for time-sensitive conditions such as trauma, stroke, cardiac arrest, and sepsis, but also on creating a more distributed and innovative approach to increasing access to acute care. Likewise, Dr. Cho is committed to improving care through personalized medicine and the understanding of each patient’s unique genes. She has enhanced genetic research, clinical implementation, and data platforms to ensure Mount Sinai remains at the forefront of genetic discoveries and implementation.”

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A leading voice in emergency medicine, Dr. Carr played a central role in coordinating Mount Sinai’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He has dedicated his career as an emergency medicine physician and health policy researcher to seamlessly combining research, policy, and practice to advance acute care delivery. Before joining Mount Sinai in February 2020, Dr. Carr held faculty positions at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Outside academia, Dr. Carr has worked within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during both the current and previous administrations to improve trauma and emergency care services at the national level. His roles have included Senior Advisor and Director of the Emergency Care Coordination Center within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, focusing on integrating the emergency care system into the broader health care delivery system. He previously supported the Indian Health Service’s initiatives to improve emergency care delivery, and worked with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense to integrate military and civilian health care response during disasters and public health emergencies. Dr. Carr has advised and supported major not-for-profit foundations, the World Health Organization, and the National Academy of Medicine.

He conducts health services research that connects disciplines including epidemiology, health care policy, business, economics, and health care delivery system science. His work has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. He has published and lectured widely on systems of care for trauma, stroke, cardiac

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