April 19, 2013 |
Today, 19 months after her death, we may finally have a good idea of what killed Paula Rojeski. According to a lawsuit and public autopsy records, the causes included her doing business with the 1-800-GET-THIN folks and the slicing of her aorta during weight-loss surgery at one of their affiliated surgical centers. There was also regulatory indifference on a truly majestic scale. Rojeski, 55, died Sept. 8, 2011, shortly after surgery to implant a Lap-Band at Valley Surgical Center in West Hills, which her family's lawyer says is affiliated with 1-800-GET-THIN and the two brothers behind it, Julian and Michael Omidi.
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March 28, 2013 |
The University of California has agreed to pay $1.2 million to settle a federal whistle-blower lawsuit charging falsification of records and poor supervision of patients by UC Irvine anesthesiologists. The suit said anesthesiologists at the university's medical center filled out patient care reports before procedures started, "making it appear the anesthesiologist was present" when he or she wasn't. The lawsuit was brought by Dr. Dennis O'Connor, a former professor of anesthesiology at UCI School of Medicine, who will receive $120,000 of the settlement.
August 17, 2012
Re "Probation in Lap-Band patient death," Business, Aug. 14 I am opposed to applying an automatic three-strikes punishment for all transgressions. But anesthesiologist Daniel Shin deserves one. In 2007, he was convicted of assaulting someone with a meat cleaver. In 2009, a woman he was treating died, and Shin was disciplined by the California Medical Board but continued to practice. And most recently, a Lap-Band patient under his care in 2010 died; the medical board accused him of "gross negligence.
August 14, 2012 |
An anesthesiologist faulted for his treatment of a patient who died after Lap-Band surgery at a clinic affiliated with the 1-800-GET-THIN ad campaign has been placed on five years' probation by the Medical Board of California. The agency had accused Dr. Daniel Shin of "gross negligence" in his treatment of Tamara Walter, a supermarket employee from Lawndale who died Dec. 26, 2010, three days after having the Lap-Band weight-loss device implanted at a clinic in Beverly Hills. According to the medical board, Shin failed to adequately respond to Walter's worsening condition after surgery and left her with a nurse for more than an hour, despite signs that she was struggling.
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July 12, 2012 |
Drug Enforcement Administration agents on Wednesday raided the offices of a Los Angeles County doctor suspected of improperly prescribing powerful narcotics to patients - including undercover agents - with no legitimate need for the drugs. Dr. Andrew S.O. Sun, 76, of La Mirada, surrendered his license to prescribe controlled substances after agents with the DEA, California Medical Board, Internal Revenue Service and the state Department of Healthcare Services searched his home and clinics in East Los Angeles and San Gabriel.
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March 31, 2012 |
A Northridge doctor's license was suspended Thursday after medical authorities found that he had been injecting his daughter at home with propofol, the same drug that killed pop star Michael Jackson. Robert S. Markman, a retired anesthesiologist, constructed a treatment area in his adult daughter's "filthy" house, in a bedroom she rarely left, the Medical Board of California alleged in a ruling on an interim suspension order made public Thursday. Markman, according to the board's order, injected his daughter, referred to only as L.M., with the surgical anesthetic about 500 times over five years.