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Drew Pinsky's photo vanishes from troubled hospital's website

August 22, 2008 |  3:33 pm

Dr_drew_pinsky A photo of Dr. Drew Pinsky, co-medical director of Aurora Las Encinas Hospital, vanished from the facility's website today even as the celeb doc  distanced himself from the troubled institution. The Pasadena psychiatric hospital is under scrutiny over the unexpected deaths of three patients as well as the rape of a teenage girl, all in the last five months. The Times' Ron Lin has the details:

Until Thursday, Pinsky was the only physician whose photo was featured on the hospital website home page. Elsewhere on the site, his name remained listed as co-medical director of the chemical dependency unit. Pinsky co-hosts the syndicated radio show "Loveline" and anchors the reality TV show on VH1, "Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew."

In an interview with The Times on Thursday, Pinsky defended the hospital while saying, "It's not my hospital," adding that it was a "bizarre misconception" that people associated him with Las Encinas.

When told he is the only physician with a photo on Las Encinas' website home page Thursday night, Pinsky said he was unaware of it. By this morning, Pinsky's photo vanished from the Las Encinas website.

Aurora Las Encinas gets a mention (at this writing, anyway) in Pinsky's bio on the "Loveline" website — "He is currently the Medical Director for the Department of Chemical Dependency Services at Las Encinas Hospital, a world-renowned psychiatric facility in Pasadena known for treating celebrity patients" — and shows up on VH1's site (same caveat) as well.

Meanwhile, Pinsky defends the Pasadena hospital. Lin has that story.

—Veronique de Turenne

Photo: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times