Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Plastic Surgeon Sued by 9 Women ; Accused of Botching Breast Surgeries, Falsifying Records

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Plastic Surgeon Sued by 9 Women ; Accused of Botching Breast Surgeries, Falsifying Records

Article excerpt

EVANSVILLE - Nine women are independently taking legal action against a local plastic surgeon claiming she butchered their breast reconstructive surgeries and falsified medical records. Some say they are still battling infections or have permanently maimed breasts from surgeries performed as early as 2007 by Dr. Alina Sholar, while she worked at Medical Cosmetic Center in Evansville.

One complaint for damages alleges a patient developed infections because Sholar fitted her with implant sizers that previously were used in another patient.

Sizers are intended for single use only, according to the compliant. They are placed in the breast cavity to stretch the skin before inserting the prosthesis.

Sholar could not be reached for comment, and her attorney declined to comment on the specifics of the cases.

"There's a lot more to the situation than I can comment about," said Michele Bryant, Sholar's lawyer, with Kahn, Dees

Donovan & Kahn LLP in Evansville. "It is more complicated than I can comment about. I'm sure people are curious about why there are multiple cases."

In Indiana, potential malpractice lawsuits like these first are heard by a panel of three medical professionals. The panel rules if a doctor met a reasonable standard of care. The panel's ruling can be submitted as evidence at trial.

So far, one of the cases was heard by a panel, which ruled Sholar did meet a reasonable standard of care. The other eight cases likely will be heard by a panel this year.

Dr. Sholar currently practices plastic surgery at The Sholar Center in Evansville. The most recent suit names the Sholar Center. The other eight name the Medical Cosmetic Center.

At least six of the nine women are represented by attorney Kathy Lee of Cline Farrell Christie Lee & Caress, PC, in Indianapolis.

Lee declined to comment on the cases, but the women's allegations are outlined in their proposed complaints for damages, filed with the Indiana Department of Insurance.

Some of the women had their breasts removed to battle breast cancer. Others elected to have breast augmentations.

Helen Lynn of Dawson Springs, Ky., reported that after undergoing reconstructive surgery in 2007, the surgical wound on her breast became extremely painful before it finally burst open, exposing the silicon implant. …

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