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February 3, 2012 | By Hailey Branson-Potts and Lisa Girion, Los Angeles Times
A Rowland Heights physician who previously had been accused of recklessly prescribing addictive painkillers was linked Thursday to the deaths of three patients, according to state medical board documents. Dr. Lisa Tseng prescribed powerful narcotics after little to no examination of three men, all in their 20s, who died after overdosing on the types of drugs she prescribed to them, the Osteopathic Medical Board of California alleged in a new accusation made public Thursday. A Times investigation published in 2010 identified eight former patients — including the three named in the accusation — who fatally overdosed on the types of drugs Tseng prescribed.
December 24, 2011 | From a Los Angeles Times staff writer
A San Francisco man with no medical license performed liposuction on a woman while smoking a cigar, then flushed 6 pounds of fat he removed down her toilet, a newspaper reported Friday. Carlos Guzmangarza, 49, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of posing as a physician assistant to perform cosmetic surgery on the woman and treat her daughter for acne, said Stephanie Ong Stillman, a spokeswoman for the San Francisco district attorney's office. Guzmangarza is accused of operating a bogus clinic on Mission Street called the Derma Clinic, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
November 27, 2011 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
Michael Kamrava, the Beverly Hills fertility expert who treated octuplets mom Nadya Suleman, wants his medical license back from the state of California, according to recently filed court records. An attorney for Kamrava contended that the Medical Board of California's ultimate decision to revoke Kamrava's medical license, effective July 1, was too harsh and a reaction to the "popular vilification" of Kamrava in the media. "The revocation of Dr. Kamrava's license is hardly necessary to protect the public.
September 27, 2011 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
As the trial of the Houston cardiologist accused of causing Michael Jackson's overdose death gets underway Tuesday, the doctor's attorneys are preparing to argue that the blame should be pointed at the other person who was in the room: the King of Pop himself. Jackson may have injected the lethal dose, or drunk it, attorneys for Dr. Conrad Murray have suggested. It may have been out of financial desperation, pressure to perform or anxiety about his career comeback, they've said. Blaming the patient for his or her own death, legal experts say, is a common defense in the small but growing number of cases of doctors charged in connection with overdose deaths, where a patient's desperate search for drugs collides with a physician's responsibilities.
June 2, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Thursday. The California medical board sends a message: Help a woman become an Octomom, lose your medical license. ( Los Angeles Times ) Seeking relief from fame, Kevin Bacon once wore a $500 disguise to the Grove and realized he didn't like being one of you people. ( Los Angeles Times ) Original "King Kong" visual effects wizard Harry Redmond has died at the age of 101. ( Hollywood Reporter ) "The Hunger Games" book trilogy will become a movie quadrilogy.
May 6, 2011 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
At a hearing Thursday, a California deputy attorney general urged the Medical Board of California to revoke the medical license of the Beverly Hills fertility doctor who assisted Nadya Suleman in conceiving octuplets. "Revocation is proper. It's the only way to ensure public protection," Deputy Atty. Gen. Judith T. Alvarado said. Dr. Michael Kamrava's medical license could be revoked if it is determined that he was grossly negligent in his treatment of Suleman and two other female patients: a 48-year-old who suffered complications after she became pregnant with quadruplets and a 42-year-old diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer after receiving fertility treatments.
March 23, 2011 | Julie Makinen, Los Angeles Times
Amid chaos that has become Yamada city ? acres of snow-dusted debris, dusty relief trucks and a man who threw himself off a bridge the other day ? Kozue Shimabukuro can't stop thinking about the cubbyhole lockers. They line the back of the classroom at Yamada South elementary school that Shimabukuro, a pediatrician at UCLA, now calls her clinic in this hamlet about 280 miles north of Tokyo. Nearly two weeks after the sea surged through the town and fire consumed much of what the water didn't ruin, only two children have come to claim their belongings.
March 15, 2011 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
The California medical board has reprimanded Michael Jackson's personal physician for failing to notify Nevada medical board officials that he had fallen behind in his child support payments, echoing a previous reprimand issued against the doctor by the Nevada board last year. Dr. Conrad Murray failed to notify the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners that his child support payments were in arrears as required when he renewed his medical license in 2007 and 2009, according to the California board's public letter of reprimand, filed Friday and made public Monday.
February 10, 2011 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
California's medical board Wednesday rejected a judge's recommendation that the Beverly Hills fertility doctor who assisted Nadya Suleman in conceiving octuplets be allowed to keep his medical license. Dr. Michael Kamrava has been accused of gross negligence and incompetence in his treatment of Suleman, 35, of La Habra, and two other female patients: a 48-year-old who suffered complications after she became pregnant with quadruplets and a 42-year-old diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer after receiving fertility treatments.
January 18, 2011 | By Kelly Brewington, Baltimore Sun
About 6% of surgeons reported having suicidal thoughts in the last year, but many are reluctant to seek help because they feared it would affect their medical license, according to a new study in the Archives of Surgery. The study, based on an anonymous survey of nearly 8,000 surgeons, found suicidal thoughts were tied to doctors' worries about making an error, a history of depression and burnout on the job. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic found that of the 6% who reported having suicidal thoughts in the previous year, 26% sought help.
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