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State Board Pulls Fayetteville Surgeon's License

Posted October 17, 2007

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— A Fayetteville plastic surgeon accused of unprofessional conduct and sloppy operations will have his medical license suspended indefinitely, the North Carolina Medical Board decided Wednesday.

The suspension is effective Dec. 1. Dr. James E. Lowe Jr. can reapply for his license three months after that.

"It will be up to the board to determine when, and if, he could come back to practice," said the medical board's attorney, Todd Brosius. "And I think, ultimately, the board did its job to protect patients throughout North Carolina."

Lowe faced a 27-page list of complaints about the manner in which he diagnosed patients and performed medical procedures on them. Some contended he performed unnecessary carpal tunnel surgeries.

He denied the allegations Wednesday and said his only error was in how he maintained his medical records, saying they did not support the procedures he performed. Lowe agreed to the medical board's decision to suspend his license, however, and also agreed to take classes on billing patients and maintaining records.

"The patients that were treated by Dr. Lowe actually improved," Lowe's attorney Jonathan Charleston said. "There were no bad outcomes, and it was really a documentation issue."

Lowe also agreed to have a third party review medical records of his patients if the board deemed it necessary.

Twelve years ago, New York authorities revoked his medical license on charges of fraud, failing to keep proper records, and being "guilty of moral unfitness in the practice of medicine."

Nearly two years later, North Carolina granted him a license with several conditions, including that he practice only plastic surgery. In 2000, the medical board granted Lowe a full license.

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  • Mrs. Fabulous Oct 18, 2007

    Why is that when there are whites in the news, blacks never come out and say something racial. However when blacks are in the news, the whites make it their business to say something to stir up heat? Ever noticed that? Only posters with true integrity will recognize that. *sigh*

  • djofraleigh Oct 17, 2007

    Shame on NC for giving him a license with that NY history. He will just go somewhere else and do it all again.

  • purplerado Oct 17, 2007

    There is little consistency or logic in the way the NC Medical board punishes doctors - doctors who really hurt people can work while doctors who didn't really hurt anybody get harsh punishments. Another doctor I know had a lapse of judgement during a time of personal crisis and went out with a patient who later tried to get him to give her a lot of money and reported him when he wouldn't, and has been unable to work to support his family for 2 years now. I guess it is a matter of how many tens of thousands the doctor can pay an attorney to get him a good deal - plastic surgeons do pretty well.

  • howdiditgettothis Oct 17, 2007

    I wouldn't count too heavily on the licensing board to be strict on punishing physicians, even ones who have killed patients due to their own negligence.

    Everyone else involves (nurse, pharmacist, business owner,etc)usually ends up in jail, or losing their license. The doctor gets a slap on the wrist, and that's about it.

    Same with the NC Licensing board for builders. Our builder lost his building license over our house, yet now is licensed to build under a new company new.

    Do you think that your employer would hire YOU if you had discipline/negligence on your record? Why would the NC licensing board grant a license for this "doctor?"

  • claudnc Oct 17, 2007

    ghimmey - this is why Al and Jesse will not be called down - because black folks like me search for really good dermatologist that specialize in black skin care. AL and Jesse both understand this. Al only defends persons who he feels has suffered an injustice. This is person did not suffer from an injustice. He was the injustice. Trust me we cherish dermatologist and plastic surgeons that can specialize in our skin. Previously I searched high and low to find a plastic surgeon to remove scare tissue and was unable to find anyone that knew anything about possible side effects such as keloids and it was a disaster.

  • SailbadTheSinner Oct 17, 2007

    Always remember: 50% of all doctors graduated in the lower half of their class.

    Engineers too, now that I think about it ....

    Do your homework before you use any “professional” person ....

    STS

  • bronzegoddess40 Oct 17, 2007

    And I also meant to say, they need to pull his license and shut him down for good before he kills somebody.

  • bronzegoddess40 Oct 17, 2007

    Why is it that some of you have to always bring race into the picture this is a no good,messy, unprofessional plastic surgeon that happens to be black and that is not the reason he did what he did, because if you look back in the past, there have been several white doctors that have been caught on the same type of things. You are always whining about the blacks bringing in race and here you come doing the same thing. And Mercer88 TYPICAL BEHAVIOR for who? A doctor, a plastic surgeon, a man, or for a black person?

  • yeahright2 Oct 17, 2007

    You would think someone who has become a plastic surgeon would be able to make enough money to live a very rich life without having to conduct a shady business. Very shameful, but I guess some people just don't like to fit within the confines of the laws of society.

  • ghimmy47 Oct 17, 2007

    aw he'll have Jesse and Al down here shortly claiming he's being persecuted because of race.

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