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"Dancing" dermatologist facing multiple malpractice suits

Many Maryland patients who undergo surgery are placed under anesthesia. As a result, they trust that their surgeon will be completely focused during the operation and will perform in accordance to the applicable standard of care. However, some surgeons are more interested in joking around and having fun than they are with their patient's procedure, as can be seen by one recent case. There, a board-certified dermatologist, known for sharing videos of herself singing and dancing during surgery, recently made national news when she was sued for medical malpractice by several patients.

The doctor apparently had a public channel on YouTube, where she would post videos of herself dancing and rapping with surgical instruments in hand and even while cutting into a patient. All the videos have since been deleted from the doctor's channel, but a news network apparently has since obtained video of the doctor engaging in questionable conduct while treating patients. In one video, the doctor allegedly zoomed in on a patient's bare buttocks while dancing along with her assistants, who sometimes served as backup dancers. Another video showed the doctor standing over a patient without a surgical mask or gloves. The doctor is accused of posting more than 20 videos to her channel for promotional purposes.

The doctor had five pending malpractice lawsuits against her but has settled four of them. While there have been no judgments against her, patients have alleged that her negligence has caused them brain damage, disfigurement, and infection. According to the lawsuits, patients were initially impressed by the doctor's credentials, but soon discovered that she was unqualified to perform some of the procedures she promotes.

Many women have claimed that they have been harmed as a result of the doctor's negligent care. One of the women indicated that she went to the doctor for Botox and other minor cosmetic treatments apparently intended to flatten her stomach before her wedding, but wound up with stopped breathing during surgery. Medical staff started CPR, but she was nearly dead by the time help arrived. The woman managed to survive, but not without permanent brain damage. She now requires around-the-clock care.

Doctors who negligently administer treatment and cause a patient harm like this can be held liable for the damages they cause. This may include a patient's medical expenses, including rehabilitation and home care, as well as lost wages. This cases are often aggressively defended against, though, so victims need to be prepared with strong legal arguments that support their claims.

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