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La Jolla lipo litigation

Jerrell Borup, M.D., faces medical board discipline

Liposuction of the belly of a 40-year-old woman
Liposuction of the belly of a 40-year-old woman

The executive director of the Medical Board of California has filed an accusation against Jerrell Lawrence Borup, M.D., who took a job as a "supervising physician" at a liposuction company although he was not interested in patient care or performing liposuction procedures. He was a trained anesthesiologist who had not practiced for ten years because of a medical condition and had only completed a weekend course in liposuction.

The liposuctions were performed by a physician assistant who had had no surgical training and had not attended an accredited medical school. Pacific Liposculpture, at 8899 University Center Lane (suite 250) in La Jolla, advertised for a medical director on Craigslist, according to the accusation. Borup was chosen among five candidates.

"As made clear during the course of discussions, [Borup] had no interest in being involved in patient care or performing any of the liposuction procedures. [He] had been retired and indicated he was physically limited in his ability to practice medicine based on a previous health condition," according to the complaint. He was selected because he would not be involved in medical procedures, says the complaint. His only duty was "periodic review of patient records."

Yet, according to the complaint, Pacific Liposculpture advertised that because of Borup's "advanced training and experience in liposuction technology," those electing the procedure would have eminently successful experiences. This was false, says the medical board.

The medical board then cited a number of cases of gross negligence in performing liposuction. Borup "aided and abetted" the physician assistant's "unlicensed practice of medicine." There were also charges of dishonesty and unprofessional conduct against Borup. The executive director of the board recommended that he lose his license.

In an unrelated case, the executive director charged Robert Smith, M.D., with providing a physician assistant who worked in the office with multiple prescriptions for controlled substances.

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Liposuction of the belly of a 40-year-old woman
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The executive director of the Medical Board of California has filed an accusation against Jerrell Lawrence Borup, M.D., who took a job as a "supervising physician" at a liposuction company although he was not interested in patient care or performing liposuction procedures. He was a trained anesthesiologist who had not practiced for ten years because of a medical condition and had only completed a weekend course in liposuction.

The liposuctions were performed by a physician assistant who had had no surgical training and had not attended an accredited medical school. Pacific Liposculpture, at 8899 University Center Lane (suite 250) in La Jolla, advertised for a medical director on Craigslist, according to the accusation. Borup was chosen among five candidates.

"As made clear during the course of discussions, [Borup] had no interest in being involved in patient care or performing any of the liposuction procedures. [He] had been retired and indicated he was physically limited in his ability to practice medicine based on a previous health condition," according to the complaint. He was selected because he would not be involved in medical procedures, says the complaint. His only duty was "periodic review of patient records."

Yet, according to the complaint, Pacific Liposculpture advertised that because of Borup's "advanced training and experience in liposuction technology," those electing the procedure would have eminently successful experiences. This was false, says the medical board.

The medical board then cited a number of cases of gross negligence in performing liposuction. Borup "aided and abetted" the physician assistant's "unlicensed practice of medicine." There were also charges of dishonesty and unprofessional conduct against Borup. The executive director of the board recommended that he lose his license.

In an unrelated case, the executive director charged Robert Smith, M.D., with providing a physician assistant who worked in the office with multiple prescriptions for controlled substances.

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Doctors, lawyers, hairdressers and investment advisers are above public scrutiny. There is no way to get an honest accounting of their professional record or complaints. The professional associations who 'supervise' them only exist to promote them and rarely chastise anyone. The government has given authority to these associations to absolve itself of responsibility. Good luck if you need a professional in the USA!

I was close to a very popular investment adviser in La Jolla. He handled millions for wealthy clients. My wife was his secretary. I asked her to find out if his advice was helpful to his clients. As far as she could tell, not a single client was making money; every buy or sell cost them more, but his income was excellent. It seems that such information is not available to any investor unless an adviser wishes to share it (but would you believe it?).

Sept. 15, 2015

swell: The Securities and Exchange Commission is indeed too lenient with higher-ups in the industry. It comes down hard on the wee folk, but the big boys and girls on Wall Street seldom get touched, largely because of the revolving door policy: Wall Street lawyers are recruited for extremely high pay from the SEC. And the SEC often picks its top officials from Wall Street. FINRA is also too lenient.

The bar associations of various states are also too forgiving of major sins by well-heeled sinners. The California Medical Board does seem to come down on wrongdoers, however. I don't know about regulation of hair dressers. Maybe that's because I have so little hair on top. Best, Don Bauder

Sept. 15, 2015

Swell: It is called self policing. For those who hate government this is the alternative.

Sept. 16, 2015

AlexClarke: Self-policing seldom works. FINRA is self-policing and is not strong. There is simply too much pressure for a self-policing body to come down hard on somebody in the industry. Would Wall Street have come down hard on Madoff until he confessed? Hardly. Best, Don Bauder

Sept. 16, 2015

Most "certifying" entities are designed to protect the so-called licensed "professionals," not the public. Fraud. Snare and delusion. Fraud.

Sept. 15, 2015

Twister: When we first moved into our Mount Helix home, we had a wood floor put in our family room. It almost immediately came up. We went to the government body that regulates floor installers and found he was not licensed. We complained to that body. It tipped off the installer and he was suddenly licensed. The regulator did nothing. Best, Don Bauder

Sept. 16, 2015

I hope it wasn't laced with formaldehyde.

Sept. 16, 2015

Twister: Shhh. Somebody may get some ideas. Best, Don Bauder

Sept. 16, 2015

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