Surgeon's manslaughter case spurs calls for more transparency from medical board

A California state senator and the nonprofit group Consumer Watchdog are pushing for the California Medical Board to include on physicians' profiles any pending investigations into cases where a patient died or was seriously harmed, ABC affiliate 10News reported March 10.

At the center of the push is a criminal case in which surgeon Carlos Chacon, MD, and Heather Lang, RN, were charged with involuntary manslaughter over the death of a patient at Dr. Chacon's Divino Plastic Surgery Center in Bonita, Calif. 

Despite the charges, Dr. Chacon and Ms. Lang have been allowed to continue practicing medicine without notifying their patients, the report said.

"I think that there's a big problem and a big concern here," State Senator Melissa Hurtado told 10News.

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