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Doctor hit with medical malpractice suits for botched surgeries

For some people in Iowa, cosmetic surgery can be a transformative experience, which can have both physical and emotional benefits. Unfortunately, not everyone who undergoes elective surgery receives this type of outcome. Over a dozen out-of-state women recently filed medical malpractice claims against a cosmetic surgeon who allegedly botched their surgeries.

In total, 15 women have filed lawsuits alleging that they suffered disfigurement, pain and scarring from their surgeries. Surgeries ranged from breast lifts and tummy tucks to liposuction. At least one woman had an operation that removed excess skin from weight loss, and she claims the procedure left her with scars, nerve damage and ongoing pain.

The suits also claim that the physician falsely advertised himself as being a board-certified surgeon. The American Board of Family Medicine has him listed as board-certified for family medicine. However, neither the American Board of Plastic Surgery nor the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery has him listed as being board-certified for their respective disciplines. He is also not listed on any of the other 21 boards that are accredited by the American Board of Medical Specialties, which is the largest accrediting agency in the United States.

Surgeons must go through specific training and demonstrate a certain level of mastery when seeking board certification. Physicians who skirt this process and misrepresent themselves put patients in Iowa at risk for serious injuries, many of which can cause permanent disfigurement and lifelong pain and suffering. Medical malpractice suits that are successfully followed to completion can achieve just compensation for victims, who must also deal with the financial impact of such injuries.

Source: omaha.com, "Omaha doctor, cosmetic surgery clinic face 8 more malpractice lawsuits", Julie Anderson, Oct. 5, 2017

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