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Health care reporters know how rarely hospitals suspend a doctor's privileges. Those rights are granted and revoked by other doctors, and doctors are loathe to set a precedent by saying a botched surgery or missed diagnosis should bar a doctor for life.



That's why it was a big deal when the Reston Hospital Center in Virginia took away Dr. Bahram Tafreshi Moshiri's right to practice there in November 2001.

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Update: Dr. Gupta removed himself from the list of candidates on March 5, telling CNN's Larry King, "I think for me it really came down to a sense of timing more than anything else. This job...takes us away from our children for so many years at once, and I sort of came to grips that I'd probably be away for several years of their lives."

Dr. Sanjay Gupta appears to be the first surgeon general picked not for his public service but for his public image.

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We are resources for access to pediatric experts at Children's Hospital Central California. Our experts are well versed in the following subjects:

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Dr. Michael Sise is a trauma surgeon at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego. He works with patients who engage in high-risk behaviors, including methamphetamine use and gun violence. He is also a clinical professor of surgery at the UC San Diego School of Medicine.

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Dr. Jeffrey Harris is a professor of surgery and chief of the division of otolaryngology/head and neck surgery at the UCSD School of Medicine. Harris is a neuro-otologic surgeon who deals with disorders of the ear, hearing and balance, and tumors that affect the skull base. He is also an expert in otosclerosis and the surgery to correct it. Since 1987, Harris has led the UCSD division of otolaryngology/head and neck surgery, which is among the top group of NIH-funded programs for this specialty and has been listed as one of the best otolaryngology programs in the country by U.S.

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Dr. Homer G. Chin is a clinical professor and vice chair of reproductive medicine at the UCSD School of Medicine. Chin provides comprehensive care to obstetric and gynecological patients with a wide range of needs, ranging from preventative health care to common problems such as abnormal Pap smears, benign surgery, fibroid uterus, abnormal bleeding, ovarian cysts, contraceptive counseling, hormone replacement and gynecological infections.

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Dr. Foster's research interests include the behavioral and metabolic aspects of obesity. He studies a variety of treatment approaches including behavior therapy, pharmacotherapy, and surgery. His currently funded NIH research studies include the effects of weight loss on sleep apnea, the safety and efficacy of low- and high-carbohydrate diets, and the prevention of obesity and diabetes in school settings.

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