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Friday
Aug032012

Two Doctors Arrested for Filming Unsuspecting Women

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Two doctors, including a prominent plastic surgeon, were busted in Los Angeles and New York in separate incidents this week for filming unsuspecting women.

Dr. Lance Everett Wyatt, a Los Angeles-based plastic surgeon, was arrested Thursday after a patient allegedly noticed a hidden camera in his office while she was disrobing. The woman ran from the office with the camera and turned it over to police, said Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen A. Trutanich.

Wyatt faces four counts of surreptitious filming, one count of batter and one count for inappropriately touching a patient, according to the Los Angeles City Attorney's office.

"Patients deserve to feel safe and secure while in the care of their physician," Trutanich said. "Our charges allege that Dr. Wyatt violated that sacred trust and he should be held accountable."

The Harvard-educated doctor, who has appeared on The Doctors and was featured on an episode of ABC News' 20/20 discussing butt augmentations for African-American women, may have more victims, police said.

"There might be additional victims, so anyone who has any information needs to call the California Medical Board," said a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department.

In New York City, Dr. Adam Levinson, a respected urologist at Mount Sinai Hospital, was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly used a pen camera to film up the skirts of two women during rush hour on the subway.

Sheldon Birthwright, who used to be a screener for the Transportation Security Administration, said he spotted Levinson on the subway and noticed he had something that looked like a pen hidden in a rolled-up newspaper as the doctor stood up near a woman in a miniskirt.

"Pen is directly inside [the newspaper], just on the thigh, calmly just moving it around...I guess he was getting different angle shots of whatever he was getting," Birthwright told WABC.

Once he realized what Levinson was allegedly doing, Birthwright alerted officers, who arrested Levinson.

Levinson has been suspended from his position at Mt. Sinai during the pending investigation, the hospital said in a statement.

Neither doctor has had any complaints filed against them, according to online records.They also appeared to be popular with patients. Both scored high marks in the trust category on HealthGrades.com, a site that allows patients to review their doctors.

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Friday
Apr132012

Murder Suicide Mystery Spans 475 Miles

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(VOORHEES, N.J.) -- Police in two states are investigating whether the murder of a 35-year-old woman in North Carolina is connected to the murder-suicide Thursday of two physicians in New Jersey.

Police in Vorhees, N.J., are probing the shooting death Thursday of Dr. Payman Houshmandpour by a former colleague, Dr. Giocondo "Joe" Navek. According to police, Navek drove to Houshmandpour's house, shot him, and then turned the gun on himself minutes later.

As they began to investigate the murder-suicide, police found a woman's personal items in Navek's car, according to Camden County, N.J. prosecutor's office spokesman Jason Laughlin. Police tracked the items to a woman in North Carolina, whom they tried to contact as part of the investigation. The woman, however, had just been discovered dead.

"We were trying to figure out what led to the shooting (in New Jersey), and we were shocked to find out there was another victim," said Laughlin. "We just wanted to talk to her, and then found out she had been killed. It was an eye-opener for us."

Police in Fayetteville, N.C., found Shawna Givens dead in her home Wednesday afternoon after co-workers reported that she did not show up for work. Police believe that the mother of three was killed and left there days earlier.

According to Laughlin, Givens, 25, had been involved in a romantic relationship with Navek, 39, since January. Around that time, Navek had begun working at the Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, where Givens also worked.

Navek split his time between North Carolina and New Jersey, where he lived until recently with his fiance and their daughter. Navek previously worked at the same hospital in New Jersey where Houshmandpour was employed, but lost his job there over a year ago. Navek then got a job at Womack in North Carolina, Laughlin said.

Police records show that Navek and his New Jersey-based fiance had relationship problems, including an incident in March in which the woman contacted police to report Navek firing a gun at a basement wall in their home. She did not seek a restraining order.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Navek's former fiance ended the relationship when she found out about his relationship with Givens, the woman's mother said. They had dated for about five years.

The fiance's mother told the paper that Navek believed Houshmandpour was responsible for his dismissal from the New Jersey hospital's residency program. Police could not confirm that allegation.

Houshmandpour had a wife and 1-year-old child, police said.

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Monday
Dec062010

'Further Treatment' Would Be 'Unproductive,' Say Elizabeth Edwards' Doctors

Photo Courtesy - AmericanPress dot org(CHAPEL HILL, N.C.) -- A written statement Monday made public the current status of Elizabeth Edwards' six-year battle with cancer.

"Elizabeth has been advised by her doctors that further treatment of her cancer would be unproductive.  She is resting at home with family and friends...." the statement read.

On her Facebook page, Edwards spoke out about sustaining through "difficult times," and thanked those who have continued to support her.

"You all know that I have been sustained throughout my life by three saving graces -- my family, my friends and a faith in the power of resilience and hope.  These graces have carried me through difficult times and they have brought more joy to the good times than I ever could have imagined.  The day of our lives, for all of us, are numbered.  We know that,"  Edwards stated on her Facebook profile. "It isn't possible to put into words the love and gratitude I feel to everyone who has and continues to support and inspire me every day.  To you I simply say:  you know," she added.

In recent years, Elizabeth Edwards has endured her illness alongside media reports about her ex-husband John Edwards' affair with campaign worker Rielle Hunter, which ultimately produced a daughter, Quinn.

After her husband's public admission in August 2008 that he had fathered a child with Hunter, Elizabeth Edwards filed for legal separation from John Edwards. 

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