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Tulsa doctor's license suspended for 12 months after allegations of faulty cosmetic procedures

Tulsa doctor's license suspended for 12 months after allegations of faulty cosmetic procedures

12-month suspension of Tulsa physician follows negligence complaints in cases of at least eight patients

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OKLAHOMA CITY — A Tulsa doctor’s state medical license was suspended for 12 months Thursday after allegations of unprofessional conduct involving cosmetic procedures.

The action against Dr. Leslie Ann Masters by the Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision is subject to approval by state Attorney General Mike Hunter.

The board also voted to fine Masters $25,000 and require her to reappear in 12 months.

The board complaint alleged Masters failed to keep adequate medical records on eight patients. It also alleged she engaged in gross or repeated negligence in the practice of medicine and surgery on at least eight patients.

Masters also allegedly engaged in behavior demonstrating an incapacity or incompetence to practice medicine and surgery with reasonable skill and safety on at least eight occasions.

“I believe we gave patients good care, but did a poor job of documenting,” Masters told the board.

Several of the patients listed in the complaint saw Masters for liposuction and fat transplant procedures.

The case was filed after the board received notice of a medical malpractice lawsuit against Masters that asked for $750,000 in damages. The lawsuit alleged a patient died during a liposuction procedure, according to board records.

National Practitioner Data Bank records showed that more than $1.3 million was paid between March 2011 and April 2015 to settle seven claims and/or lawsuits against Masters involving injury that allegedly was caused by or resulted from cosmetic procedures, and liposuction in particular, performed by Masters. The surgeries were performed between 2008 and 2014, the records show.

Masters told the board she has turned the focus of her clinic to minimally invasive procedures.

One of her patients, who asked to remain anonymous, said she went to see Masters in preparation for her son’s wedding. Masters removed fat from the woman’s body and told her to freeze it at home, the woman said.

Masters later injected the fat into the woman’s face, and she then developed a serious infection, according to the woman.

“If you don’t know how to do surgery, don’t do it,” said Jason T. Seay, assistant attorney general.

In 2004, the board suspended Masters’ license for substance misuse. It was followed by five years of probation, which she completed in 2009.

Masters’ attorney, Ted Nelson, said he and his client would have no comment following the board’s action.

Barbara Hoberock

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barbara.hoberock@tulsaworld.com

Twitter: @bhoberock

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