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OB/GYN Liposuction, $100,000 Fees and a Death

Posted Dec 30 2010 10:30am

The case of Dr. Ehab Mohamed who first came under fire after a series of investigative reports by KNX 1070 has taken a very dark and tragic turn: one of his patients has died. Dr. Ehab Mohamed, an Encino-based OB/GYN, was charging as much as $650,000 for some procedures, yet allegedly lying about his credentials. Now, a wrongful death suit has been filed and the LAPD thinks a crime may have committed after 61-year-old Sharon Carpenter Nicholson died on Mohamed’s operating table. Carpenter had undergone a $100,000, day-long liposuction procedure.

Another non-plastic surgeon loses a patient during a liposuction procedure. This $100,000 all day operation by an OB/GYN doctor was punctuated by the patient’s death as her husband waited nearby. You have to wonder if the patient spent any significant amount of time looking into this doctor’s credentials. She was paying roughly ten times the going rate for even large scale liposuction performed by a real plastic surgeon. I write this as a board-certified plastic surgeon who was actually trained in how to do this operation safely in residency and has been consistent in advising against marathon cases. Eight hours of liposuction is risky. I operate my liposuction patients under shorter safer conditions and have a perfect safety record. This case will undoubtedly be reviewed by the California Medical Board. Despite the fact that I am in their expert reviewer program, I will not be the reviewer after writing this.

While I sympathize with the family on this tragic case, it very likely could have been avoided. People need to get into the habit of checking up on their prospective surgeons before allowing them to operate . I have discussed how this can be done pretty easily on my web site.

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

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