Yazdanfar loses certification for two years

Ontario’s College of Physicians and Surgeons’ prosecution lawyers argued that Yazdanfar’s certification be removed permanently but ultimately handed a two-year ban instead.

Ontario’s College of Physicians and Surgeons’ prosecution lawyers argued that Yazdanfar’s certification be removed permanently but ultimately handed a two-year ban instead.

Toronto-based cosmetic surgeon Behnaz Yazdanfar will have her certificate suspended for two years. Once the two-year suspension expires, Dr. Yazdanfar will only be able to practice as a surgical assistant in a hospital setting under the supervision of a College-approved surgeon.

Ontario’s College of Physicians and Surgeons found Dr. Yazdanfar incompetent after a botched liposuction procedure resulted in the death of Krista Stryland in 2007.

Dr. Yazdanfar will have to pay the College more than $200,000 in costs while also having to appear for a formal reprimand.

A 377-page decision published last week by the College stated that Yazdanfar “removed unsafe volumes (of fat) from patients and continued to do so even after the death of her patient from complications of liposuction surgery”.

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