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April 25, 2005 | Donna Horowitz, Special to The Times
A fertility doctor who implanted the wrong embryos in a woman and allegedly engaged in an 18-month cover-up has lost his medical license and must shut down his practice by Wednesday. The Medical Board of California decided last month that Dr. Steven Katz would no longer be allowed to practice medicine because he failed to tell the truth to the two women involved in the mix-up.
May 22, 1992
Dr. Ivan C. Namihas, a Tustin gynecologist accused of about 50 instances of alleged sexual abuse of his patients, effectively lost his medical license Tuesday when he did not appear in Los Angeles County Superior Court to defend himself. In a letter mailed to the court, Namihas' attorney said "unending publicity" about the case was one reason the 59-year-old doctor decided to "surrender his medical license" and forgo a defense in court. Dep. Atty. Gen.
April 14, 1990
State health officials have revoked the medical license of a longtime Long Beach obstetrician who they say injured four infants by prematurely administering anesthesia to mothers in labor, then using forceps improperly. Dr. Archibald F. Forster, 67, was ordered by the state Board of Medical Quality Assurance to surrender the medical license he was issued in 1954. Investigators determined his actions were "so far below the accepted standard of care" that they constituted "gross negligence and incompetence," according to the decision made public this week.
February 17, 1996
A Culver City physician who has performed 5,000 penile enlargement surgeries--and triggered scores of malpractice suits--had his medical license suspended Friday by a state administrative law judge who said he was guilty of gross negligence and incompetence. The ruling went against Dr. Melvyn Rosenstein, who in advertising calls himself the world's leading authority on penis enlargement surgery.
September 25, 1996
The medical license of Dr. Vicki G. Hufnagel, a controversial Beverly Hills gynecologist best known as an anti-hysterectomy crusader, has been revoked after a Superior Court decision upheld the original revocation issued in 1989. The latest action, taken on Sept. 3, comes after a lengthy series of appeals.
September 18, 1992 | Associated Press
A psychiatrist accused of having illicit relations with a Harvard Medical School student who later committed suicide gave up her medical license Thursday, days before a state hearing. Dr. Margaret Bean-Bayog, 49, has denied all allegations of impropriety in treating Paul Lozano, 28, who died in April, 1991, of a cocaine overdose. Bean-Bayog can continue to work as a psychotherapist but cannot prescribe medicine.
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.
April 24, 1985
The chief heart surgeon at the Bethesda Naval Hospital outside Washington has been dismissed because of questions about his "surgical competence," the Navy acknowledged in a prepared statement. The Navy said it had launched an investigation into the hiring of Cmdr. Donal Billig, 54, and his appointment as the hospital's cardio-thoracic surgery department chief in 1983.
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