Phony Plastic Surgeon Convicted of Murder and Manslaughter in Patient Deaths
- Posted on: Jul 19 2011
Dr. Peter Normann is an internist who served as an emergency room physician in Arizona. After undergoing six days of training in liposuction and some “hands-on” training in breast augmentation, he fancied himself a real plastic surgeon and began operating on unsuspecting patients. After three of his patients died during or immediately after surgery (one surgery being performed by a ‘homeopathic physician’), he was convicted of two counts of second degree murder and one count of manslaughter. He now awaits sentencing on August 14th.
To read about how Dr. Normann’s imcompetence and arrogance led to the verdict, click here.
It’s definitely arrogant and wrong for a non-plastic surgeon to undergo such little training and then believe he can perform plastic surgery. In this case, as in many others throughout the country, innocent patients suffer the consequences. The Board of Medicine for each state should not allow physicians to perform surgeries that they do not have hospital privileges for. A hospital would never have allowed Dr. Normann to perform these surgeries under their roof, since he was not qualified to do so. Phony plastic surgeons know this, and get around the hospital ‘vetting’ process by performing the surgeries in their own offices.
If you are considering plastic surgery, make sure your plastic surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Anything less would be taking an unnecessary risk.
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