A former Hawkesbury and District General Hospital (HGH) doctor facing a charge of first-degree murder made a very brief court appearance by video on Tuesday, April 6.

Brian Nadler, 35, whose home address is in the Montréal suburb of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, was charged after Hawkesbury OPP officers arrested him at HGH on March 25.  He was subsequently charged in connection with the death of 89-year-old Albert Poidinger of Pointe-Claire, a neighbouring suburb of Montréal. The case is under the jurisdiction of the Ontario Court of Justice in L’Orignal.

A publication ban under Section 517 of the Criminal Code of Canada is currently in effect on the court proceedings.  During an appearance via video which lasted less than five minutes on Tuesday, the case was adjourned to another video appearance on April 20 at 1 p.m.

Nadler first appeared in court on March 26 and has remained in custody since that time.  He is represented by Ottawa lawyer Alan Brass.

Nadler graduated from McGill University in 2010 and subsequently specialized in internal medicine, practicing in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Nevada, before beginning to work at HGH in 2020.

On March 31, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario suspended Nadler’s licence to practice medicine in the province.