CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 2010 |
Two years ago Maria Garcia, a 39-year-old mother of five, came to a suburban office park in Anaheim Hills for outpatient plastic surgery. By day's end, she had bled to death from a puncture wound. FOR THE RECORD An earlier online version of this article incorrectly gave Maria Garcia's first name as Marcia. Garcia did not know that the widely advertised Hills Surgical Institute Inc., recommended by a friend, had opened only 90 days earlier. Family members said she had no idea that one of her doctors was under investigation by the California Medical Board.
August 21, 1998 |
By many accounts, Dr. Michael Tavis was a popular plastic surgeon, committed to his profession and kind enough to provide free reconstructive surgery to needy youths in Petaluma, the Northern California town where he practiced. "He had a real passion for doing to patients what he did for them--sometimes reconstruction, sometimes improving someone's image," says an employee at a Petaluma hospital who knew him.
January 26, 1994
Dr. Michael M. Gurdin, 83, a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon who headed national medical societies. Gurdin was born in Pine Bluff, Ark., studied at the University of Arkansas and Tulane School of Medicine, and did his residency at Los Angeles' Cedars of Lebanon Hospital, where he was later chief of plastic surgery. Gurdin served in the Navy during World War II. Establishing his own practice in Beverly Hills after the war, he also taught plastic surgery at UCLA.
December 25, 1988
George V. Webster, 77, a veteran surgeon who helped establish the department of plastic surgery at the UCLA Medical School in 1955. Webster, a Stanford University graduate, was chief of plastic surgery at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., during World War II and established a practice in Pasadena shortly after the war. He established a residency program in his specialty at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena and served on the staffs of several area hospitals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1985 |
Two Orange County women filed separate lawsuits Tuesday against a Santa Ana doctor whose license has been suspended, claiming the plastic surgery he performed on them at his office caused serious medical problems that are requiring treatment from other doctors. The women claimed that Dr.
May 24, 1999 |
Rarely does the world of nose jobs and liposuction meet that of initial public offerings, or IPOs. But here they are in a business called Plastic Surgery Co., which hopes to raise up to $31.7 million through a June IPO. Appropriately enough, the company plans to trade on Nasdaq under the symbol NUYU. The Santa Barbara firm says it will provide business and marketing services for plastic surgery practices, which in turn will pay membership fees. Plastic Surgery Co.
April 23, 2001 |
Americans are not shying away from cosmetic procedures, according to new statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. The number of adults having some type of cosmetic procedure increased 25% between 1999 and 2000, to 5.7 million procedures. Botox injections have become the most popular cosmetic option, increasing 120% in one year. About 1.1 million shots of botox were given last year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 1998
The husband of a La Habra woman who died after 10 1/2 hours of plastic surgery has sued the anesthesiologist and several doctors at the medical center where she was rushed when her condition deteriorated. The suit brought by Ruben Fernandez does not name as a defendant the plastic surgeon himself, W. Earl Matory Jr., because Matory has filed for bankruptcy, instituting a stay of any civil proceedings against him.
October 23, 1988 |
THREE TRENDY middle-aged women are eating at a West L.A. Japanese restaurant, and the conversation switches from sushi to surgery, specifically cosmetic surgery. "I wish it didn't exist--except for people who have serious problems. I resent the idea of face lifts and liposuction," one of them says. "I resent it, too," another agrees. "I just want to get old gracefully the way my mother did. She didn't have to look through magazines and see ads for plastic surgeons.
December 12, 1990 |
So what if the mares don't care? Robins Parteebuilt is a stud, and his owners care. They want the stallion to look his best. So a plastic surgeon who normally works on patients of the two-legged variety was summoned to repair the dent in 11-year-old Robins Parteebuilt's forehead. The stallion, nicknamed Partee, got the dent in 1989 when he galloped head-first into a fence post. This week, a team at the University of Illinois veterinary school filled in the mark with a sort of body putty.