A plastic surgeon we've written about who, at age 83, performed a vaginal reconstruction that left a 39-year-old woman
dead, has finally surrendered his medical license.
Dr. Lawrence H. Hansen, who is now 87 and lives in Cypress, had in 2011 accepted 35 months of probation to settle Medical Board of California accusations of
The board had previously found Hansen failed to check on Marcia Garcia's medical history or perform an exam before surgery in March 2008 at Hills Surgical Institute in Anaheim Hills. She
bled during the procedure, and then underwent liposuction by a different
doctor. The mother of five later suffered a heart attack and died. The coroner blamed an accidental puncture wound.
Online medical board records show Hansen's surrender of license became effective Tuesday.
He'd first popped up on the Weekly's radar in a report about another plastic surgeon at the then-unaccredited outpatient center surrendering his license.
Dr. Mark A. Knight took over the Anaheim Hills practice from another doctor who had surrendered his license.