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Complaint Review: Dr. Joel Aronowitz8635
Dr. Joel Aronowitz86358635 W. 3rd St. #1090W Los Angeles, California United States of America
Dr. Joel Aronowitz8635 Ethical Malpractice Los Angeles, California
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Dr. Aronowitz was recruited by an ophthalmic surgeon to join him in a dual surgery on me. He was chosen specifically for his expertise in autologous stem cell fat injections. Dr. Aronowitz's failure to do one of two major procedures left my opthalmic surgeon so empathetic at my disappointment, that he offered to perform it himself, even though it was not within his area of expertise. Other areas I had paid for were not done at all, or done incompletely or carelessly. My ophthalmic surgeon even noticed that one earlobe was longer than the other, and I showed him how the ear deformity was still there because Dr. Aronowitz had not re-attached that ear to my face.
Even though both the ophthalmic surgeon and Dr. Aronowitz's staff were aware of my disappointment and despair duringg the first few days following the surgeries, Dr. Aronowitz's final touch was to deny all accountability. He witheld my Operating Room Report and I didn't get it until 3 months later, when my lawyer finally called. In his Operating Room Report, listed under "Procedures," half of it is devoted to false statements about my mental state. Every sentence in it is an easily disprovable lie. He even claimed he'd spoken to my psychologist. Aside from the "Blame the victim" defense, my mental state is totally irrelevant to the fact that he did not perform all the procedures I paid for and those few he did do, were incomplete or careless.
The other curious fact about my Operating Room Report from Dr. Aronowitz is that it listed the operation as concerned with "Scar removal." Scar removal was never discussed and except for one ear, all the charges I paid for were for autologoous stem cell fat addition to areas of my face. Indeed, that is why he was invited to participate by my ophthalmic surgeont, and autologous stem cell fat addition is his claim to fame. A lot of his PR is focused on the breast he created for Suzanne Somers using autologous stem cell fat.
I received my ophthalmic surgeon's Operating Room Report immediately. Like all other Operating Room Reports, it begins with "Procedures," and then simply lists the exact procedures. It is definitely a red flag that I made about 6 requests for my Operating Room Report to Dr. Aronowitz's office, but could not get it until my lawyer finally called. I can only assume that it was witheld to give Dr. Aronowitz time to revise it in order to falsely discredit my emotional state and to re-write the very reason for my surgery.
Dr. Arronowitz is all about money and "The Sell," not about the patient. The only time he spent time with me was on the first appointment. Even then, he did not touch or examine any areas of my face where he was going to inject fat. The appointment was about explaining the procedure. Follow-ups were generally with others or 5 minute "Between surgery" appointments with him. On one, he even used the crazy-making act of trying to convince me that the surgery had been about scar revision, not autologous fat!
I can only conclude that Dr. Aronowitz does not really care about addressing the needs of a non-star patient -- nor does he care about performing all the procedures a patient pays for. In addition, he lacks the integrity to be accountable or responsible and will intentionally attempt to cover-up his non-performance.
I think very little of him as a plastic surgeon. I think even less as a decent ethical human being.
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 01/03/2013 04:56 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Dr-Joel-Aronowitz8635/Los-Angeles-California-90043/Dr-Joel-Aronowitz8635-Ethical-Malpractice-Los-Angeles-California-990873. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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