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Toronto liposuction doctor banned for 2 years

12/21/2011 11:05 EST | Updated 02/20/2012 05:12 EST

A Toronto doctor has been banned from performing surgery for two years following a botched liposuction procedure in which a patient died.

Dr. Behnaz Yazdanfar has also been ordered to pay more than $200,000 in costs to the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons.

The college had found Yazdanfar guilty of professional misconduct in May.

In its decision released Wednesday, the college said Yazdanfar will be restricted "from performing all surgery, except as a surgical assistant in a hospital-based setting, provided that a member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario who is approved by the College is in attendance."

In September 2007, Toronto real estate agent Krista Stryland, 32, underwent the fat-removal procedure at Yazdanfar's Toronto Cosmetic Clinic.

During hearings at the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons, the disciplinary panel was told Yazdanfar removed more than six litres of fat from Stryland, even though Ontario guidelines say five litres is the maximum that can be taken out.

The hearings were also told Stryland was found unresponsive an hour after she was left in a recovery area. The clinic didn't call 911 until 40 minutes after she became unstable, according to evidence, and paramedics found Stryland in a pool of blood when they arrived.

She died a short time later.

The college's disciplinary committee also found Yazdanfar incompetent in her care of other liposuction patients in her cosmetic surgery practice from 2005-2007, and in the care of two breast augmentation patients in 2007 and 2008.

After her suspension, Yazdanfar will be allowed to practise as an assistant in a hospital-based setting.

She will also have to allow random inspections of her practice and patient charts.

Dr. Bruce Liberman, Yazdanfar's anesthesiologist who also committed professional, misconduct has yet to be punished.

The college, in recent years, has tightened the rules around doctors who do cosmetic surgery and its inspections of non-hospital clinics.

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