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Medical Board Of California Investigates Doctor When 2 Patients Die After Lap-Band Surgery

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LOS ANGELES (AP)  — The Medical Board of California is investigating a doctor who implanted the Lap-Band weight-loss device in a woman who had cardiac arrest after the surgery and died three days later.

The Los Angeles Times said Friday that letters from the board to family members show Dr. Atul Madan is now under investigation in the cases of two patients who died after Lap-Band procedures he performed at his clinic in Beverly Hills.

The letters say the board is reviewing the “quality of care” Madan provided to 52-year-old Tamara Walter, who died Dec. 26, and 33-year-old Ana Renteria, who died days after Lap-Band surgery in February 2010.

Madan said in an e-mail to the Times that it was inappropriate for him to discuss medical care he gave a patient.

(© Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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