California Revokes Plastic Surgeon’s License
The Medical Board of California has made public a decision made in December that a Torrance, CA. plastic surgeon is no longer allowed to practice medicine. According to the Torrance Daily Breeze, Dr. Lawrence Saks is also under federal indictment for several alleged crimes, including insurance fraud.
The Medical Board found that Saks committed “acts of gross negligence; repeated negligence failed to maintain adequate and accurate medical records in the case and treatment of two patients; failed to maintain malpractice insurance, and failed to timely report a patient’s death”. The patient died after a liposuction at Saks’ outpatient clinic when she went into cardiac arrest due to lack of oxygen to the brain. Saks was acting as both the surgeon and the anesthesiologist and the board found he did not monitor his patient properly during the procedure, having his attention divided creating suboptimal conditions for both tasks.
The trial on federal charges for about $4 million in insurance fraud is scheduled to begin in May.
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