California physician's license revoked after failing probation

A California physician had her license revoked after failing to complete the requirements of her probation, which were imposed after a patient's death, The Bakersfield Californian reported Aug. 10.

Aldoori Sarwa, MD, and her husband own Advanced Healthcare of Bakersfield and Bella Wellness and Aesthetics. In April 2016, a 43-year-old woman who underwent a tummy tuck and liposuction was declared neurologically deceased. 

The board accused Dr. Sarwa of gross negligence and that the surgeries took too long, which resulted in the patient being under anesthesia for a "prolonged period," the report said. The medical board also accused her of performing surgery and administering anesthesia in an unaccredited surgery center, violating postoperative care standards, not providing adequate security of liability insurance for one patient and not maintaining proper medical records for a patient.

Dr. Sarwa was given seven years of probation with terms including educational programs, medical record keeping, a professionalism course and a clinical competence assessment.

The board said she did not complete the clinical competence assessment, which resulted in the license revocation, the report said.

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