Dr. Bruce Pancake had a license to practice medicine has an ear, nose, and throat doctor. After receiving numerous complaints Dr. Pancake decided to change his specialty to a plastic surgeon, which he had only attended a weekend seminar that focused on breast augmentation. As a result of numerous complaints as an ear, nose, and throat doctor, Dr. Pancake, lost all privileges at any institution in the Tennessee area. Dr. Pancake opened a spa named “Phoenix Center Spa Medicus”, where he performed all plastic surgeries. Dr. Pancake was never completed a residency, internship, or a fellowship a plastic surgery. This should have been a red flag to all patients that were coming in to get procedures done by Dr. Pancake.
The first question that comes out of this, why did Dr. Pancake’s nurses or staff not report him to the medical board for claiming that he had been a plastic surgeon for twenty years. Were his nurses actually licensed and registered nurses by the state of Tennessee? A plastic surgeon that had completed a residency, internship, or fellowship would have seen that Dr. Pancake was not a plastic surgeon that he claimed that he was. By completing just a weekend course in plastic surgery, which just focused on breast augmentation does not make Dr. Pancake capable of doing any plastic surgery. Dr. Pancake thought just because he had no privileges at any institution that he could open up his Phoenix Center Spa Medicus and perform all plastic surgery in his spa that he opened up in Tennessee. Dr. Pancake held himself out as a board certified plastic surgeon he also represented to his patients also that he was board certified. The American Board of Plastic Surgery or the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery never certified him as a plastic surgeon. However he did pay a fee to join the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgery. Any nurse that is licensed would have seen that Dr. Pancake was not practicing proper...
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