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State suspends medical license of Anthem doctor after 3 patients die

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Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2007 6:29 am | Updated: 6:31 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

PHOENIX - An Anthem doctor has had his medical license suspended by the Arizona Medical Board after three of his patients died following a procedure for liposuction.

A consultant to the medical board reviewed two of the cases and noted that Dr. Peter Normann of the Normann Medical Group often failed to meet basic standards for modern medicine and patient safety, according to a news release.

The medical board Tuesday called Normann's office a "bizarre practice setting."

In May, the medical board put restrictions on Normann's ability to perform surgery or use conscious sedation on his patients.

The moves were made after reports that a 33-year-old man and a 41-year-old woman suffered cardiac arrest during a procedure for liposuction.

According to the news release, the patients died at a Phoenix-area hospital in December 2006 and April 2007.

The release indicates the medical board received information Monday about a third patient who died in Normann's care after a liposuction performed by an unlicensed doctor.

The consultant found that the deaths were likely the result of a number of failures to meet the standard of care for using anesthetics, according to the release.

The case will be heard before an Administration Law Judge within 60 days.

According to the release, Normann has been a Board-certified Internal Medicine specialist since 2004.

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