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Lap-Band Death Blamed On Beverly Hills Anesthesiologist

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(credit: Torrance Police Department)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – An autopsy report by the Los Angeles County coroner says a woman died because of an anesthesiologist’s “suboptimal care after weight-loss surgergy

Dr. Daniel Shin of Marina del Rey was an anesthesiologist at the Beverly Hills Surgery Center, connected to the Lap-Band and its 1-800-GET-THIN advertisements.  Tamara Walker, a patient in his care, died in December, three days after she had the device implanted, according to her family’s lawyer.

Attorney Robert Silverman, who represents the surgery center and the 1-800-GET-THIN marketing company, says Shin was unfairly blamed in the autopsy report.

The state medical board put Shin on probation after he pleaded no contest to assaulting a process server with a meat cleaver. The case was later dismissed.

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