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Notorious plastic surgeon loses license to practice

The Ministry of Public Health has suspended plastic surgeon Edgar Contreras’ professional registration while an investigation into alleged medical malpractice that led to the death of 23-year old Sharlene Cedeno at his clinic is underway.

In an interview on the El Despertador program, Health Minister Altagracia Guzman Marcelino urged people to understand that all surgical procedures should be carried out by an authorized professional. Contreras has been accused of malpractice on several occasions.

She said that prospective patients should check whether the doctor is registered with the Dominican Society of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgeons when making their choice for plastic surgery in the country. Contreras is not a member.

The Minister also warned that doctors must have two years’ experience of practice as a general surgeon and three years as an actual plastic surgeon to practice plastic surgery in the country. She then confirmed that she had written to 45 doctors about this, saying that they could not perform surgery and that they should keep in contact with the Ministry in order to comply with requirements.

Cedeno died on Thursday, 23 April 2015 during an aesthetic procedure at the Contreras Plastic Surgery Clinic, owned by Edgar Contreras and located in the Arroyo Hondo neighborhood in Santo Domingo. She had travelled from the United States for liposculpture and reportedly died from a cardiac arrest. Her family claims she was the victim of medical malpractice.

Source: DR1, Eldia

May 6, 2015

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