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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2000
The Medical Board of California has severely disciplined two Orange County doctors, one for having sex with patients and the other for botching liposuction surgery and deceiving patients. The board revoked the license of Jeffrey Moran, a Santa Ana psychiatrist, finding that he had sex with a patient in 1995 despite being disciplined for the same offense in 1987. Gerald K.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 1999
At least five people have died after undergoing liposuction in New York City and one other unnamed city, researchers from the New York City Poison Control Center report in today's New England Journal of Medicine. "We suspect it's a rare occurrence," said Dr. Rama B. Rao, "but it is not rare enough." Last year, 172,079 Americans underwent liposuction, in which excess fat is vacuumed out of the body, according to the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 1999 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Legislation aimed at protecting cosmetic surgery patients was proposed Thursday by the Medical Board of California and a Los Angeles lawmaker. Prompted in part by the 1997 post-liposuction death of Judy Fernandez of La Habra, the measure would tighten restrictions on doctors who perform plastic surgery in their offices, often without adequate training or precautions, critics say.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 1998 | PETER M. WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seeking revocation of a South County surgeon's license, the California Medical Board has accused him of incompetence, gross negligence and lying to state officials in connection with liposuction and other plastic surgery performed at his office in 1997. Dr.
NEWS
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.
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.
NEWS
November 27, 1997 | MARCIDA DODSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Medical Board of California revoked the licenses Wednesday of a plastic surgeon and anesthesiologist whose liposuction patient died of blood loss after 10 1/2 hours of outpatient surgery in Irvine. Dr. W. Earle Matory Jr., 47, a board-certified plastic surgeon, and Dr. Robert K. Hoo, an anesthesiologist one year out of residency, committed gross negligence and incompetence in the case of Judy Fernandez, who died March 17, according to the administrative law judge who heard the case.
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