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October 29, 1988 | Clipboard researched by Susan Greene, Dallas Jamison and Rick VanderKnyff / Los Angeles Times. Graphics by Doris Shields / Los Angeles Times
Name and Address Stomach Hips Body By Fisher $2,000- $2,000- 1076 E. 1st St. 2,500 2,500 Suite D Tustin (714) 731-6105 California Plastic Surgery Center $1,700- $1,500- 18800 Delaware St. 2,500 2,500 Huntington Beach (714) 848-1231 The Center for Aesthetic Approximately $4,000 for all. and Reconstructive Surgery Anesthesia cost: $800 400 W. Central Ave., Brea Other supplies: $500 (714) 671-3033 Cosmetic Care $2,000 $2,000 3500 S. Bristol St.
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June 6, 1997 | JULIE MARQUIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Lynwood obstetrician whom the state calls a danger to patients has been allowed to continue practicing for nearly a year after one woman bled to death and two others endured life-threatening injuries after cosmetic liposuction procedures, records and interviews show. Last June, Dr.
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August 26, 1998 | JULIE MARQUIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Medical Board of California revoked the license of a Lynwood obstetrician on Tuesday, calling him grossly negligent in his care of seven liposuction patients--including one who bled to death after he abandoned her bedside. Dr. Patrick Chavis' license should be pulled "to protect the public," according to a 28-page decision accusing the physician of violations ranging from botching procedures to allowing his nurse to practice medicine.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 1998 | PETER M. WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County's public health director has warned patients about the risks of liposuction and questioned whether state regulation is adequate, following reports that at least 34 patients were infected last year. "We see a lot of liposuction being done by doctors of many specialties--dermatologists, obstetricians, plastic surgeons, OB-GYNs," said Dr. Hugh Stallworth. "You could study and take a course and buy the equipment and just do it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 1998 | PETER M. WARREN and LISA RICHARDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Nearly three dozen liposuction patients contracted an unusual infection after being treated with dirty equipment by an Orange County surgeon, according to a county health report. The infections likely were caused by the reuse of disposable medical tubing or improper sterilization of other surgical tools, the report says. The source of the infection by a rapidly growing mycobacterium was traced to a faucet in the surgeon's office.
MAGAZINE
January 17, 1988 | Joyce Wadler
ANY licensed medical doctor--not just plastic surgeons--may legally perform suction lipectomy, or lipoplasty, in his or her office. How do you decide what sort of doctor to choose? For starters, Dr. Harvey Zarem, chief of the division of plastic surgery at UCLA Medical Center, points out that a bit of caution is in order: A doctor who calls himself "board certified" in fact may not be certified in plastic surgery--or in any surgical specialty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 1997 | MARCIDA DODSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A surgeon who cut open the chest of liposuction patient Judy Fernandez in a last-ditch effort to save her life testified Friday that when he tried to massage her heart, it was essentially empty. "I felt it was collapsed," said Irvine surgeon Lawrence Malone. "I felt there was practically no blood in it." The testimony came in a case brought by the California Medical Board, which wants to revoke the licenses of anesthesiologist Robert Hoo and plastic surgeon W. Earle Matory Jr.
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June 18, 1997 | JULIE MARQUIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An attorney for a Lynwood doctor accused of contributing to the death of one liposuction patient and seriously harming two others asked a judge Tuesday to spare his client's medical license from suspension because, he said, the charges are dated and the evidence is "one-sided." Meanwhile, the Medical Board of California filed two new petitions against Dr. Patrick Chavis, an obstetrician-gynecologist who also runs what he calls a "body sculpting" business.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 1997 | LISA RICHARDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Plastic surgery is medicine's final frontier: The only specialty in which doctors operate virtually free from the rules and monetary restrictions often imposed by managed care, since the procedures are almost always considered elective and are rarely covered by health plans.
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