H. George Brennan, Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon, Might Have Probation Revoked By State Medical Board

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After a slew of substandard procedures and allegedly offering one patient hush money, the state medical board let a Newport Beach plastic surgeon keep his license, but gave him a three-year probation term.

Dr. H. George Brennan's probation was slated to end last year, but didn't, because he hadn't yet completed the clinical training course that was one of the terms of his probation. 

Now, he's at risk of having his probation revoked altogether, because he still hasn't completed the program, according to a recent document housed on the state medical board's website.

The medical board placed Brennan on probation following several causes of discipline: gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, offer to pay money in exchange for withdrawal of complaint and failure to maintain adequate and accurate records.

In 2006, when Brennan performed a modified tummy tuck on a 39-year-old woman, he mistakenly used a non-permanent suture, the document states, and the results of the procedure were "suboptimal." She eventually had to go to a different doctor and get a full tummy tuck to fix it. 

In another case in 2006, Brennan performed a brow lift, face lift and cheek implants on a 60-year-old woman, but only had the patient sign "generic" consent forms, documents state. The cheek implant eventually failed and blocked the woman's nasal passage. When the patient went into the office, Brennan didn't fix the implants, the document states. The next time she returned, however, the office manager offered her $2,000 to have a different surgeon replace the implant. The patient denied the offer. She later returned to Brennan, however, to have a stitch removed and he refused to see her. Then in 2007, he set up a meeting with the patient and offered to pay her $3,500 if she would revoke a complaint she'd made with the medical board and agree not hold him civilly responsible, according to the document.

In a third case, a woman went to Brennan for liposuction of the abdomen and waist, but he "negligently removed an excessive amount of fat from the patient's abdomen, love handles and back," a medical board document states. She, too, eventually went to a different doctor, for corrective surgery. 

Brennan, who was a founding member of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and the author of a book on plastic surgery, hasn't returned a call for comment.

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Frank
Frank

Before taking the decision of going through a plastic surgery make sure hat you've made enough research about the doctors and the clinic you are preferring to go. If plastic surgery go wrong you'll regret that for your whole life.Medical procedure 

Bfw1949
Bfw1949

Years ago I had a consultation with Dr. Brennan and his demeanor was arrogant, hauty and rather God-like. The procedure I was considering was quickly dealt with and he moved on to other areas of my face and body which he could improve upon.

I did not appreciate the unsolicited "pushy" suggestions regarding how I should allow him to "improve" my appearance. Stunned and upset, I left his office feeling less than decent looking.

Fortunately I found a different cosmetic surgeon who performed surgery to correct ptosis. He cared for me as a patient and as an individual.

I actually considered scheduling an appointment with Dr. Brennan to discuss a repeat procedure for ptosis. Despite all the glowing testimonials posted here, I wouldn't have him perform any procedures on me even if he offered his services free of charge.

Maybe one day I'll change my mind about him and eat my words. In the meantime, I will look elsewhere for a physician who sees me as a person rather than as multiple procedures to be performed.

plastikkirurgi
plastikkirurgi

Plastic surgery is a decision that will change your life for the best. You need to be sure that the procedure would be safe, practiced by serious professionals and at an affordable price.

John T. Alexander MD JD FACS
John T. Alexander MD JD FACS

I am a board certified plastic surgeon and I am very familiar with the details of these cases as I reviewed them extensively as an expert witness. It is a shame that you have decided to publish an entirely one-sided version of these charges without seeking input from Dr. Brennan. Although all of your statements are indeed part of the public record, I can say with certainty that most of the “facts” cited in your post are either false or unproven.

1. It is false that “Brennan has not completed the required clinical training as part of his probation.” This has been completed and I have seen the associated paperwork. The Board also knows it has been completed.2. I have reviewed the pre operative photos on the abdominal case and the fact is that the patient did not want a full tummy tuck even though Dr. Brennan gave her that option. The next competing surgeon inflamed the situation and encouraged the patient to contact the Medical Board.3. In the second case, a hearing was held in July 2010, and the Board essentially abandoned its charge regarding the offer of money to the patient to rescind her complaint with the Board as they had no credible evidence to substantiate the charge. The charge has resurfaced in the current complaint because the original case could not be resolved to the satisfaction of both parties. This unfounded charge will also fail the next time around, just as it did previously.4. In the third case, the patient complained of a contour deformity. This problem is a known complication, and the patient agreed to the risks of the procedure. Dr. Brennan's care did not fall below the standard. The Medical Board requires a high level of proof that negligence has occurred. This patient's claim was never even taken to civil court in a malpractice action, where the standard of proof required is much lower, because the claim would fail.A week-long hearing was held in July 2010, and the Board failed to prove any charge regarding patient care or the charge regarding the offer to pay a patient to rescind her complaint with the Board. The only issue that remained was related to medical record keeping, and Dr. Brennan has already completed the medical record keeping course required by the Medical Board.It is unfair that no input was sougt from Dr. Brennan. I have spoken with him and he has yet to be contacted this news organization.As with any charge, be it criminal, civil, or administrative, it is easy for a news organization to report the charges, even if unfounded. It this situation you have done a disservice to the physician and to the community by not seeking the other side of the story before making your report.Sincerely,John T. Alexander, MD, JD, FACS 

Kathy
Kathy

could this be the medical board posting these falacies?

a loyal patient
a loyal patient

As a former patient, I believe this is all a witch hunt.  I have referred many patients to Dr. Brennan and they are ALL happy patients!  His professionalism, knowledge and skill impress me to the point that he is referred to everyone I know even if they don't need anythingdone...LOL.  WE LOVE YOU DR. BRENNAN.  We do NOT believe anything that these "lonely, unhappy, poor, money hungers" have to say.

L. Mitchell
L. Mitchell

SERIOUSLY?!  THIS IS NOT A FACTUAL ARTICLE.  THESE ARE ALLEGATIONS MADE BY THE SAME PEOPLE OVER AND OVER.  Very disappointed that these stories are not checked before publishing. 

This is extremely upsetting to read such UNFOUNDED ALLEGATIONS.  Does anyone do their homework?!  There have been numerous complaints filed with the Medical Board and the Dept. of Consumer Affairs regarding the actions of the Medical Board in this matter.  No one has responded.  This is a war between the plastic and the cosmetic surgeons; the Medical Board is about the Plastic Surgeons!  The Medical Board can make decisions disregarding an administrative judge's decision where "they" the medical board then become the judge, jury and executioner.  There seems to be no one who overlooks the Medical Board's actions. Telephone calls and correspondence have been sent to particular persons to review the court depositions proving that the WITNESS that testified for the Medical Board lied repeatedly in her testimony, one, that she "denied" knowing her professors during her residency.  She was then forced to change her testimony when presented with a peer reviewed article authored by those very same professors that "supported" the care rendered by Dr. Brennan. This WITNESS testifying on behalf of the Medical Board criticizes Dr. Brennan for having performed a breast augmentation and a rhinoplasty on the same day.  BOTH plastic and cosmetic surgeons do this every day of the week, all day, all over the country.  The WITNESS then stated that she "did not agree" with the views expressed in her own professor's article.  WOW!   Let me educate those who are reading this...Expert testimony is considered the practice of medicine.  Expert testimony must comply with codes of ethics.  The testimony is to be fair, objective, impartial and in no way to intend to mislead the trier of fact.  Bias should never be a factor.  When experts testify falsely, they are subject to review and discipline by the Medical Board of CA.  The testimony/deposition was NEVER reviewed by the Medical Board prior to rendering a decision against Dr. Brennan.  They did not feel they had to; therefore, overlooking the WITNESS'S contradictory statements throughout her testimony.

Important Fact:  These patients that filed complaints against Dr. Brennan KNOW each other.  It is definitely a conspiracy or more like extortion, "hush monies?"

     No doctor has better training, education and experience.  He has taught thousands of doctors through seminars, lectures, books, etc. how to perform these surgeries.  THERE IS SOMETHING DEFINITELY WRONG HERE.  There are patients out there that can extort monies from these high-profile doctors and they seem to have the support of the Medical Board. 

THE REAL STORY HERE IS THAT THERE ARE NO CHECKS AND BALANCES REGARDING THE MEDICAL BOARD.  IT SEEMS THAT THEY CAN TAKE THEIR BIAS AND DESTROY A DOCTOR'S REPUTATION WITH NO RECOURSE.

Duane Admire
Duane Admire

Our office represented Dr. Brennan at the Medical Board hearing. This reporting is inaccurate. Dr. Brennan completed the PACE course and received the highest marks possible. The cases your blog refers to were from several years ago; a hearing was held and the judge found no treatment/patient care violations; it remains open as a new amended accusation as we insisted the resolution of the matter include removing references to patient care issues. There will be another hearing; the Plastic Surgery experts that reviewed these cases are certain there will again be no issues with Dr. Brennan's care of these patients.

Fellow physician
Fellow physician

As a physician I have known Dr. Brennan to be an excellent surgeon. He is one of the founding fathers in his specialty. He has served to train and educate many of today's prominent cosmetic surgeons.

Tjd360
Tjd360

I was one of the experts for Dr Brennan in this Medical Board action. There we NO violations of the standard Of care and this was a pure witch hunt on the part of jealous plastic surgeons out gunning for Dr Brennan.

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