Close restrictions imposed on gynaecologist who performed unnecessary surgery

Dr Roger McMaster-Fay was found guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct by the Professional Standards Committee of the Medical Council of NSW over a series of “misjudgements” in the treatment of four women in a two-year period.

The committee found his misjudgements led to postoperative complications for one woman, the wrong operation for a second, the misinforming of another (and arguably the wrong operation), and seriously misleading advice for a fourth patient. 

In treating two endometriosis cases, he performed an unnecessary laparoscopy, hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy on one woman, and inappropriately recommended the same surgery for another who was only 34-years-old.

“Further, the respondent’s evidence about these matters at the inquiry added to our concerns that this course of action may be repeated,” the committee said in its decision.

Dr McMaster-Fay was reprimanded and