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Orange County plastic surgeon to surrender license after sexual misconduct accusations

December 9, 2010 |  5:56 pm

Dr. Mark A. Knight, an Orange County-based plastic surgeon under investigation by the Medical Board of California for sexual misconduct, has agreed to surrender his medical license Dec. 15, according to court papers filed Thursday.

An accusation was filed against Knight with the medical board in April for sexual misconduct, abuse, negligence, dishonest or corrupt acts and failure to maintain medical records.

According to the accusation, Knight massaged and kissed a 36-year old female patient during a post-operative exam in November 2007 and had sex in January 2009 with a 32-year-old tummy tuck patient. The patient’s husband walked in on Knight while the two were having sex on an exam table, the accusation said.

On Nov. 15, Knight and his Los Angeles-based attorney, Peter R. Osinoff, submitted legal paperwork to an administrative law judge agreeing to surrender his license. The medical board approved the license surrender on Thursday, according to court records.

Knight has been co-owner of Anaheim Hills Surgery Center, where he took over a penile enhancement business after another doctor at the facility surrendered his license earlier this year to resolve medical board accusations of negligence and incompetence. He did not return calls to the surgery center Thursday.

Osinoff did not return calls from The Times on Thursday.

In the last three years, lawsuits have been filed against Knight by the families of two patients, both women who died of blood clots following cosmetic surgeries performed by him at other Orange County facilities. One suit is in arbitration, the other was dismissed.

Under California law, surgery centers like Anaheim Hills that are owned in part by a doctor are not state licensed, and do not have to be state certified unless they accept federal health insurance (Anaheim Hills does not).

However, they must be accredited by one of four private groups. Anaheim Hills has been accredited by the Joint Commission. It was unclear Thursday whether the surgery center’s remaining owner, registered nurse Gustavo Gutierrez, would apply for a license or find another doctor to share ownership.

Gutierrez did not return calls late Thursday.

The Times wrote about Anaheim Hills Surgery Center last month in an article that examined lax regulation of surgery centers. Knight is the third doctor affiliated with the center to surrender his medical license since September 2009.

A fourth surgeon, Dr. Lawrence Hansen, 85, has a pending medical board accusation related to his alleged mishandling of a 2008 vaginoplasty that left a 39-year old mother of five dead from what coroner's officials determined was an accidental puncture wound.

Related:

Plastic surgery centers that fail state standards still allowed to accept patients

-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske

 

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