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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Oprah denies recommending doctor to West!!

Plastic surgeon has faced 2 malpractice suits, may lose license

LOS ANGELES - The plastic surgeon who reportedly operated on Kanye West’s mother before she died faced two malpractice suits that ended in payouts and was arrested twice for driving under the influence, according to state records obtained Tuesday.

The Medical Board of California is investigating whether the license of Dr. Jan Adams should be revoked or suspended after he was arrested twice in the past four years for alcohol-related offenses, records show.

Donda West, 58, died Saturday at Centinela Freeman Regional Medical Center in Marina del Rey after she stopped breathing at her home. The coroner’s office said an initial indications show West may have died from surgical complications, but an official cause of death won’t be made for six to eight weeks pending further tests, Chief Coroner Investigator Craig Harvey said Tuesday after an autopsy was conducted.

Adams told the celebrity Web site TMZ that he performed a tummy tuck and breast reduction on West, but denied any wrongdoing. He said she might have died from a heart attack, pulmonary embolism or massive vomiting.

A source told Access that Adams was, in fact, one of two doctors Oprah Winfrey recommended to West. Winfrey also reportedly recommended a doctor in Chicago. But in a statement given to, a rep for Winfrey denied the report that the talk-show host had introduced West and Adams.

“Oprah Winfrey did not personally introduce nor recommend Dr. Jan Adams to Donda West,” said a statement released by the talk host. “Dr. Adams taped a segment of ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ on October 28, 2003. Donda West appeared with her son during a taping of ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ on April 27, 2005. Oprah Winfrey has not been in touch with either Dr. Adams or Donda West since their respective appearances.”

According to the AP, some patients who sought treatment from Adams said they learned of him through TV, where he appeared as an expert guest on “Oprah,” “The Other Half,” CNN, “Entertainment Tonight,” E!, ABC, NBC and “Extra.” (MSNBC is a joint venture between Microsoft and NBC Universal.) Adams, who had his own show on Discovery Health, also appeared in a TV advertisement for Chanel’s Allure perfume, according to his Web site.

Adams also sells a line of skin care products, including a product that lightens skin, and has written two books on plastic surgery, including the 2000 title “Everything Women of Color Should Know About Plastic Surgery.”

Complaint against Adams
Earlier this year, David Thornton, the state medical board’s executive director, filed a complaint with the state against Adams that included the arrests. obtained the document filed in April 2007 asking the board to consider revoking or suspending the surgeon’s license. The document cites Adams’ multiple arrests for DUI, as well as the board’s Business and Professions Code.

The document obtained by cite two alleged arrests for DUI in Los Angeles, including one on March 31, 2006, where Adams was arrested for allegedly having a blood alcohol level of .10 according to two breath analyzer tests.

When the case went to trial, Adams was found not guilty of DUI, however was guilty of driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or greater and he was sentenced to 96 hours in jail and given five years probation. He was also ordered to enroll in an alcohol treatment and counseling program and attend 60 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, according to the document.

In January 2003, Adams pled no contest to another DUI charge and was placed on three years probation. The court papers also mention an incident in September 2002 where he allegedly lost control of his vehicle and struck a parked car.

In a 2006 case, Adams was found guilty of driving with a blood-alcohol level of .08 or greater, and he pleaded no contest in 2003 to driving under the influence, according to the medical records.

Records also indicate that in 2001, two malpractice lawsuits against Adams ended in payouts of $217,337 and $250,000. Further details were not disclosed.

A woman suing Adams for medical malpractice in Orange County in 2006 alleged that she had to be hospitalized with a high fever and fluid in her left breast after botched surgery to remove excess skin and reshape her chest and abdomen. Plaintiff Jana Beighle eventually had the implants removed because of complications, her attorney, Thomas Gourde, said.

“She saw him on Discovery Health, so she decided to check them out,” Gourde said. “He never told her that he’d had these ongoing problems.”

Beighle’s case, as well as two others filed in Orange County, are pending.

Attempts to leave a message at a listed office number for Adams were not successful. A call to a home listing in Laguna Beach was not answered.

Adams told TMZ that West consulted with him over a period of four months, often changing her mind about the surgery. It was unclear when or where Adams performed the surgery.

Another plastic surgeon, Dr. Andre Aboolian of Beverly Hills, said West approached him about a procedure in June. Aboolian told West two weeks ago that she first needed medical clearance for a pre-existing condition that may cause a heart attack during surgery. He never heard back from her, said Aboolian’s publicist, Jo-Ann Geffen.

Donda West was the former chairwoman of Chicago State University’s English department. She served as chief executive of West Brands LLC, the parent company of her son’s business enterprises.

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