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July 31, 2007 | Charles Ornstein and Tracy Weber, Times Staff Writers
A San Francisco transplant surgeon was criminally charged Monday with excessively prescribing drugs to a 25-year-old disabled man last year in order to hasten his death and harvest his organs sooner. The felony charges are believed to be the first in the nation against a physician for his role in a transplant.
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July 31, 2007 | Charles Ornstein and Tracy Weber, Times Staff Writers
A San Francisco transplant surgeon was criminally charged Monday with excessively prescribing drugs to a 25-year-old disabled man last year in order to hasten his death and harvest his organs sooner. The felony charges are believed to be the first in the nation against a physician for his role in a transplant.
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March 21, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A San Francisco transplant surgeon accused of hastening the death of a man so his organs could be harvested has been ordered to stand trial on one count of felony dependent adult abuse, but two other felony charges involving administration of drugs to the dying man were dismissed. The criminal case against Dr. Hootan Roozrokh is the first such action against a transplant doctor in the U.S. After a preliminary hearing in San Luis Obispo County, Superior Court Judge Martin J. Tangeman issued a ruling Wednesday describing an uncoordinated scene surrounding the 2006 death of Ruben Navarro at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, which had never handled a "donation after cardiac death" case.
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June 6, 2008 | Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writer
The Medical Board of California is seeking to revoke or suspend the license of a San Francisco transplant surgeon accused of administering substantial quantities of pain medication to a prospective organ donor. Dr. Hootan Roozrokh also faces trial in October on a felony charge of dependent adult abuse in the death of 25-year-old Ruben Navarro, who suffered from a wasting neurological condition and was comatose.
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September 13, 2007 | Charles Ornstein and Tracy Weber, Times Staff Writers
A San Francisco transplant surgeon pleaded not guilty Wednesday to two felony charges stemming from his alleged efforts to hasten the death of a prospective organ donor last year. A lawyer for Dr. Hootan Roozrokh entered the plea on his client's behalf in San Luis Obispo County Superior Court. The attorney, M. Gerald Schwartzbach, also filed a motion to have a third count thrown out because he contends it is legally flawed.
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February 29, 2008 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
A transplant surgeon accused of illegally hastening the death of a prospective organ donor acted properly when he ordered sizable doses of pain and anxiety medication for the comatose man, the physician's attorney suggested in court Thursday. Gravely ill, Ruben Navarro "was going to die shortly, whether in minutes or in hours," said attorney M. Gerald Schwartzbach as he asked a question of a witness. "In that situation, you err on the side of ensuring that he's pain-free."
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February 28, 2008 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
No one in the courtroom Wednesday suggested that Ruben Navarro could have avoided death for long. But whether the severely retarded, comatose 25-year-old was nudged into it by an impatient transplant surgeon is at the core of a legal proceeding unprecedented in the United States. Dr. Hootan Roozrokh, 34, has been charged with three felonies in Navarro's 2006 death.
OPINION
March 3, 2007
THE SCANDALS THAT have rocked the organ-transplant system in recent months have pointed to the same recurring problems -- too few donors for too many waiting recipients, hospital bureaucracy jeopardizing patient's lives and transplant centers receiving oversight that is spotty and inconsistent at best.
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June 4, 2009 | Rong-Gong Lin II
The Medical Board of California has withdrawn its complaint seeking to revoke or suspend the medical license of a San Francisco surgeon accused of trying to speed a potential organ donor's death. The surgeon, Dr. Hootan Roozrokh, was also charged criminally in the case, which involved a failed attempt to acquire organs from a comatose 25-year-old patient, Ruben Navarro, who suffered from a wasting neurological condition.
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March 20, 2008 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
A transplant surgeon accused of illegally hastening the death of a prospective organ donor must stand trial on one of three felony charges filed against him, a judge ruled Wednesday. Set for arraignment April 9, the case against Dr. Hootan Roozrokh will be the first such trial in the U.S. The charges have been a source of unease among transplant professionals, who fear they'll dissuade donors and aggravate nationwide shortages of vital organs.
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March 9, 2007 | Tracy Weber and Charles Ornstein, Times Staff Writers
The San Luis Obispo County sheriff-coroner has concluded that a 26-year-old potential organ donor died of natural causes, complicating a criminal inquiry into whether a transplant surgeon attempted to hasten the man's death. Police have been looking into whether the surgeon, Dr. Hootan Roozrokh, ordered excessive doses of pain medication and sedatives for Ruben Navarro in February 2006 in order to harvest his organs more quickly.
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