Case Update: MD Who Murdered Other Doctor Also Killed Former Girlfriend

Dr Giocondo Navek; Dr. Payman Houshmanpour; Shawna Givens dead

Dr Giocondo Navek; Dr. Payman Houshmanpour; Shawna Givens dead

It was exactly one year ago this week that detectives in Cumberland County, North Carolina determined that the murder of a local doctor’s girlfriend, was linked to the murder-suicide of two doctors in Voorhees, New Jersey.

According to Cumberland County Sheriff’s office, the same gun that Doctor Giocondo Navek, age 39, used to kill Doctor Payman Houshmandpour in New Jersey, was also used to kill a woman named Shawna Givens in North Carolina.

Investigators reported that all evidence pointed to Navek as the person who shot and killed the 35-year old woman in her home.

According to investigators, Doctor Houshmandpour was leaving for work on the morning of Wednesday, April 12, 2012,  when physician Navek suddenly confronted him in the parking area of his condominium. Witnesses state Navek simply walked up to the car and shot Houshmanpour multiple times.

Then Doctor Navek fled the scene in his own car. A witness immediately called 911 and when police caught Navek not far from the murder scene, Navek shot himself to death while still inside the vehicle.

Investigators were able to track that car to South Philadelphia, where they found Navek’s Mercedes. Evidence inside linked him to Shawna Givens’ body, his former girlfriend in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Detectives believe Navek’s motive to kill Doctor Houshmandpour’s was revenge. Navek believed that Houshmandpour was responsible for him being fired from Virtua Hospital in Voorhees, where both were employed.

Police say Navek met Shawna Givens when they both worked at the same Army hospital at Fort Bragg, in North Carolina. They’d driven up to Philadelphia for Easter weekend to visit family.

Investigators remain unclear as to why Navek murdered Givens, who was the mother of three children.

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Tennessee MD Headed for Prison After Trying to Kill His Wife

Dr Wesley Parris at his sentencing

Dr Wesley Parris at his sentencing

A doctor in Memphis charged with severely beating his wife changed his ‘not guilty’ plea to ‘guilty’ last week in superior court. As a result, he was sentenced to 24 years in state prison for Attempted Murder.

According to investigators, Wesley Parris, age 43, assaulted his wife Mollie in their home three years ago, beating her with a wooden sword; a tennis racket, and strangling her with a belt.

Tennessee State Prosecutor Karen Cook told the court that the attack occurred when Mollie Parris told her husband in September, 2010, that she was planning to divorce him.

According to Mollie’s testimony, Parris began the assault by saying, “If I’m going to die today, you’re going to die today, too.”

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‘Dentist the Menace’ Idiocy Threatens Thousands

Dr Scott Harrington

Dr Scott Harrington

In Tulsa, Oklahoma, hundreds of patients of an oral surgeon arrived at a medical clinic yesterday. They were anxious to learn whether they had been infected as a result of a dentist’s unsanitary surgical routines.

How much do you trust YOUR doctor?

How much do you know about YOUR doctor? Not much

According to Tulsa County Health Department, nearly 7,000 patients of Doctor Scott Harrington, are being contacted via official public health direct mail. More than 400 showed up at the North Regional Health and Wellness Center Saturday morning, many standing in a pouring rainstorm, to await testing for Hepatitis and HIV viruses.

The bizarre case began when health department investigators discovered a number of safety violations at Harrington’s dental clinics – one in Tulsa and another in Owasso. What followed was the Oklahoma State Dentistry Board filing a 17-count complaint against the doctor. According to the complaint, Harrington routinely used the same needles on multiple drug containers after being used on multiple patients.

Upon inspection of the clinic, investigators found numerous serious violations of the health code, including infectious disease instruments being rusty, and the pressurized instrument sterilizer had not been tested and certified in over five years.

Investigators also found that expired medications were being used on patients, and that Harrington allowed dental assistants to draw up and administer sedatives, which is a gross violation of the law.

Harrington faces a medical license revocation hearing on April 19.

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L.A. Physician Guilty of Sexually Assaulting Patients

It was one year ago that Doctor Kevin A. Brown, a Los Angeles ear, nose & throat specialist, was sentenced to 12 years in prison, as a result of being convicted on 21 of 29 counts of sexual abuse of patients.

Dr Kevin A Brown

Dr Kevin A Brown

As details of the man’s sexual perversions came to light, it became clear that Brown’s stature in the city had intimidated many of the women testifying against him. Some women were reluctant to report the physician’s outrageous behavior, all of which occurred during physical exams in medical offices, because he was respected in the community, and was known to have held fundraisers for presidential candidates at his home.

Brown, age 40, was found guilty on charges which included sexual battery by fraud; sexual exploitation by a physician; and lewd act upon a 15-year old. Unknown to Brown during one assault, his “patient” was actually an undercover police officer with a hidden camera.

Trust Me pic

Brown MD would use the guise of medically unnecessary breast and pelvic exams while treating his female patients for cold symptoms.

As Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor read the verdicts, Brown appeared surprised and looked over at family members, which included his father, the former Premier of Bermuda, Ewart Brown.

The doctor, who had been free on a $4,000,000 bail was immediately handcuffed by bailiffs and taken to L.A. county jail.

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Lab Coat Lunatic Revisited: The MD Who Carved His Initials into a Woman’s Stomach

Lab coat lunacy at work

“I don’t see what the problem is. I delivered a good little baby.”
(Comment by Allan Zarkin MD, medical maniac personified)

In a case which literally screams out the reason for this website, a New York physician was once convicted of cutting his initials into the abdomen of a patient, following the delivery of her baby.

Dr Allan Zarkin

Dr Allan Zarkin

Dr Liana Gedz

Dr Liana Gedz

And if any aspect of this story is more insane than the act itself, it is the fact that Doctor Allan Zarkin would serve not one week in prison. He would instead be – unbelievably – sentenced to probation, as the result of a plea bargain.

The indisputable facts of the case are these:

>   After performing a Caesarean section on a pregnant woman at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan, the egomaniacal Zarkin shocked the nurses in the room by literally using his scalpel to carve  a large “A Z” into the abdomen of the patient lying before him.

>   The patient happened to be a doctor herself, 31-year-old Liana Gedz, a dentist friend of Zarkin.

>  According to New York State Department of Health investigators, Zarkin’s penchant for juvenile delinquency was well-known, because his coworkers had witnessed his habit of making strange, sexual comments as he performed surgeries on women.

>  The District Attorney’s office had received complaints about him for at least seven years. Two dozen women, in fact – patients, doctors and nurses – contacted them, reporting incidents they described as “bizarre,” “dangerous” and “weird.”

According to Linda Fairstein of the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit, “So far we’ve received about 24 complaints on Zarkin.”

>  Zarkin was indicted in February, 2000 and could have gotten a 25-year sentence if convicted of first-degree assault, the most serious charge.

>   He was convicted of lesser crimes and sentenced to five years probation.

>   His license to treat patients was then revoked by the state health department.

>   Beth Israel Medical Center was fined $14,000 for numerous violations, including faiure to properly report Zarkin as required by law after the incident, and failing to properly supervise him after knowing that his behavior was unprofessional.

>   Doctor Liana Gedz, the victim of the assault, was awarded $1,750,000 by Zarkin’s malpractice insurance company, after suing Zarkin for $5,000,000. She would require several surgeries to repair the scars on her stomach.

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Our Observations:

Who in Hell are these people?

Who in Hell are these people? Who’s behind those lab coats?

The criticism from  MedicalMiscreants is based on the preposterous fact that madman Zarkin was allowed to continue to treat people for four months after carving “A Z” into the flesh of a helpless patient.

Beth Israel, for its part, insists it followed protocols and suspended Zarkin after an investigation, and that they reported to the state Health Department that the doctor had engaged in “grossly inappropriate conduct.” (Zarkin was suspended from the hospital after a brief investigation and resigned)

But our research reveals that Beth Israel’s report to the state oversight people was vague, and in fact not nearly specific enough to raise any sense of alarm. The hospital’s report did not even mention what Zarkin had done to Dr. Gedz. And, in keeping with the typical lab-coat wall of silence that permeates U.S. health care, the cosmetic surgeon who examined Dr. Gedz after the attack made no written or verbal report of the carved initials at all.

Kristin Smith, a spokeswoman for the New York State Health Department, put it this way. “What is fair to say, is that had we known the specific circumstances, we would have moved much more quickly to stop Zarkin from hurting innocent patients.”

So Zarkin was stopped, but the medical mania continues unabated by thousands upon thousands of other degreed nutcases who ought to be weeded out of the medical garden, but won’t.

In the 12 years since, more than 410 daffy doctors have been convicted on a jaw-dropping range of lunacy, in the city of New York alone – a whopping 11,230 physicians nationwide, in a little more than a decade. So much garbage behavior is going on, in fact, that ethical medical professionals have a hard time keeping up with all the shenanigans of their freaky peers. But within the sequestered halls of health care, nurses and doctors, techs, medics and ethicists,  have no trouble at all recalling Allan Zarkin MD, who is now 74 years old.

They simply refer to him as “Doctor Zorro.”

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Utah Doctor and Girlfriend Found Dead

In the Salt Lake City area a cosmetic surgeon and the woman he had once kidnapped in 2011 were found dead, according to Utah County Deputy Attorney Craig Johnson.

Dr Joseph Berg at Kidnapping Sentencing

Dr Joseph Berg at Kidnapping Sentencing

Police spokesman Sergeant Craig Martinez told reporters there were no clear signs of trauma to either of the bodies, such as gunshot wounds, but the deaths were still being investigated as a murder-suicide.

The physician had been convicted in December, 2011 of kidnapping Ms. Schwartz, after an emergency call during which 911 dispatchers could hear a woman in the background crying and begging for help. When police arrived at the house and crashed through the door, they found Ms. Schwartz in a closet, tied to a chair with medical tape, and Berg the only other person in the home. In court testimony, the woman stated that Berg had gotten angry at her, dragged her through the house by the hair and tied her to a dresser and chair.

Lucy Schwartz in happier times

Lucy Schwartz in happier times

Berg was sentenced to 18 months in jail, but was released after only four months.

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Research into the case reveals that Berg lost his medical license in January. At that time, the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing determined that he was not mentally fit to practice medicine. The previous November, reports by his nurses came to their attention that Berg had been seen using drugs while treating patients; that he would fall asleep while standing up; and that his entire medical staff quit at the same time, because they could see he was becoming increasingly dangerous.

Body of Lucy Schwartz removed from the Orem home

Body of Lucy Schwartz removed from the Orem home

Prior to the tragedy, Berg had operated the Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Institute & Day Spa, in Orem. He is a graduate of University of Kansas school of medicine in 1993, and was affiliated with Timpanogos Regional Hospital, in Orem.

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More Patients Come Forward in Doctor Sexual Assault Case

Two months after detectives filed dozens of sexual assault charges against a Glastonbury, Connecticut physician, few details about the case have been revealed.

Dr Tory Westbrook

Dr Tory Westbrook

But Superior Court judge Susan Handy made one matter clear following the most recent arrest of Doctor Tory Z. Westbrook – the list of patients who believe they were abused is getting longer and longer.

And the Prosecutor in Middletown, Peter McShane, reported the number of women who were mistreated will grow further still.

Westbook MD, age 44, had already been charged with sexually assaulting three adult women while working at the Community Health Center in the town of Clinton. According to the prosecution, all three of the original incidents happened between 2010-2012. At that time, the Connecticut Medical Examining Board’s investigation revealed that Westbrook was accused of having “engaged in inappropriate physical and/or sexual contact with a female patient during a medical examination” in the months of October and December, 2010.

Police believe that the doctor also had inappropriate contact with two other patients during examinations in November, 2010, and again in June, 2011, and that Westbrook “had an inappropriate sexual relationship” with a fourth female patient, in exchange for narcotics, on more than one occasion.

So far, the charges involve a total of 19 women, and Westbrook is currently out on $1,500,000 bail.

Westbrook resigned from the CommunityHealth Center in Clinton when he was hired as an interim medical director of the Charter Oak Health Center in Hartford. His most recent position was chief of internal medicine.

Westbrook is married to Connecticut State Superior Court Judge Dawne Westbrook.

The CEO of Charter Oak, Peter Velez told reporters that Westbrook was placed on administrative.

“I would like to point out that he never treated patients at Charter Oak,” Velez said.

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Police: Texas Surgeon Hired Hit Man to Kill Another Doctor

In Lubbock, Texas, a cosmetic surgeon has been charged with Murder. Investigators believe that he hired a man to kill another doctor who was romantically involved with his ex-girlfriend.

Dr Thomas M Dixon

Dr Thomas M Dixon

Thomas M. Dixon, MD of Amarillo, along with the accused trigger man, David N. Shepard, have both been indicted on capital murder charges in the July death of Dr. Joseph Sonnier, who was found fatally shot in his home. Both Dixon and Shepard are being held at the Lubbock County Jail on $10,000,000 bail.

According to the prosecution, the murder was the result of a love triangle involving Doctor Dixon, Doctor Sonnier and Dixon’s former girlfriend, who was involved with Sonnier. Doctor Sonnier’s family members have given sworn statements to police that he had told them his girlfriend’s former boyfriend had been stalking her for some time. The woman’s name is not included in court documents.

Dr Joseph Sonnier

Dr Joseph Sonnier

At the time of his death, Doctor Sonnier was the chief pathologist for Covenant Health System in Lubbock. The 57-year-old was found dead on July 11th inside his house in Lubbock, a city about 120 miles south of Amarillo. He had been shot and stabbed.

Covenant Health System

Covenant Health System

Thomas Dixon is a well-known cosmetic specialist in Amarillo. He operates the High Plains Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery clinic. According to investigators, Dixon paid his hit man Shepherd in silver bullion worth about $9,000 to kill the doctor.

Lubbock County District Attorney Matt Powell said they have not yet decided whether they will seek the death penalty.

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Arizona Liposuction MD Guilty of Killing Three Patients

In the city of Phoenix a 50-year old physician with no real training in surgery has been convicted of killing three of his patients in grossly incompetent operations.

Dr Peter Normann

Dr Peter Normann

Doctor Peter J. Normann of Anthem, was found guilty of two counts of Second-Degree Murder following the deaths of Leslie A. Ray, age 53 of Blythe, California, and Ralph Gonzalez, age 33, of Scottsdale. He was also convicted of Manslaughter in the death of Alicia S. Blanco, age 41, of Gilbert.

According to prosecutor Jeannette Gallagher, Normann, a certified internist, had no formal training in either cosmetic surgery or anesthesiology. And within a period of 14 months in 2006 and 2007, he managed to overdose two of his patients on anesthesia during liposuction, and kill yet another by accidentally inject fat into a blood vessel during surgery.
The Maricopa County Superior Court jury heard testimony from numerous witnesses, including Paramedic David Duarte, whose EMS team was first to arrive at Normann’s office, and attempt to save the life of Ralph Gonzalez.
Duarte was also the first medical professional to report the “dangerous incompetence” of the doctor, who had none of the standard surgical equipment, and had failed to properly insert an airway into the patient. “The doctor was pumping air into the patient’s stomach, instead of his lungs,” Duarte said. “And then he argued with us when we insisted on taking over the emergency.”
Training? I don't need no stinking training. I'm smart.

Training? I don’t need no stinking training. I’m smart.

In testimony, Paramedic Duarte told the jury, “I told Doctor Normann if he didn’t let go of the patient’s airway and let me correctly reinsert it, I was going to break his arm.”
Health Care Reform? Quiet

Health Care Reform? Don’t talk about this stuff

Prosecutor Jeannette Gallagher informed the court that  Normann had attempted to “reinvent himself as a cosmetic surgeon, had undergone a mere six days of training in liposuction,” and would actually use his janitor, his mother or a massage therapist to assist him during surgeries. “He had no nursing staff; no anesthesiologist; no proper medical equipment in case something went wrong.”
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So three innocent people are dead; several dozen more reporting long-term injuries, and the monstrously arrogant Peter Normann, MD is sentenced to 25 years in prison. That’s ugly.
In court, medical maniac Normann had the nerve to say this. “It’s my belief that the public at large is not truly aware of the risks of cosmetic surgery.”
Truer words have never been spoken, doc. Which is why the following steps by you should have been a ‘no brainer.”
1. Learn how to do the job before you “practice” medicine.
2. Hire professional nurses to keep you from killing patients.
3. Don’t include the janitor on your surgical team.
Better yet, be smarter than a 5th grader before you put on a lab coat.
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