The recent actions and public statements of Dr. Francis Christian are being reviewed by the Saskatchewan Health Authority and the University of Saskatchewan (USask). While the review takes place, as per USask policies, Dr. Christian has been suspended from his faculty responsibilities, including his two academic administrative roles within the Department of Surgery.
While Dr. Christian’s academic responsibilities are suspended during the investigation, the College of Medicine is not suspending the payment for services he would have otherwise received for these academic services during the investigation period. Due to issues of privacy, we cannot provide any further comment on the specific situations.
The University encourages public debate of important societal issues. However, as identified in USask’s Medical Faculty Policy, our medical faculty are subject to the ethical and professional standards governing the practice of medicine, of particular importance for our learners, and USask is responsible to review concerns raised about its medical faculty in relation to these standards.