Trial Set for Surgeon Whose Patient Died Days after Plastic Surgery

Posted on Jul 13, 2008
Three years ago Kay Cregan of Limerick, Ireland flew to New York City for a facelift operation. She kept it a secret, wanting to surprise her husband. But three days after the procedure, Cregan went into cardiac arrest in the doctor’s recovery clinic and died en route to St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, reported the Limerick Leader.

Now, her husband, Liam, is suing the surgeon and anesthesiologist for medical malpractice. A trial is set for September. The defendants are cosmetic surgeon Dr. Michael Evan Sachs and Dr. Madhavrao Subbarao, the anesthesiologist. The suit blames Sachs of negligence, carelessness and gross indifference, reported the Irish Voice.

The 42-year-old Cregan paid Sachs $32,000 for the procedure. She had read about Dr. Sachs performing a similar procedure on another woman from Ireland.

Sachs since has been struck from the register of physicians in New York by the New York State Board for Professional Medical Misconduct. The board previously had investigated Sachs’ medical procedures on four patients, including Cregan, in 2005.

However, Sachs’ lawyer contends Cregan suffered from an irregular heartbeat. Still, New York’s Medical Examiner ruled Cregan’s operation factored into her death while determining no pre-existing medical condition could have contributed to her death.

The Irish Voice referred to Sachs as “Dr. Botch,” due to his involvement in 30 malpractice cases over 10 years. The newspaper said the lawsuit set monetary damages to reflect the loss of a wife and mother of two young children, in addition to accounting for pain and suffering.

Agnes Kelly, sister of the deceased, said the article her sister read about Dr. Sachs never mentioned anything negative. According to, Sachs was one of the most sued doctors in New York. The web site said the New York Daily News had first reported incidents of medical malpractice five years prior.

The web site went on to report Sachs made 33 malpractice payments in the last 10 years -- more than any other doctor in New York state -- according to the National Practitioner Data Bank.

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