According to a report from WWAY News Channel 3 (www.wwaytv3.com) in Wilmington, North Carolina, a former gastric bypass surgeon, who is facing dozens of lawsuits for medical malpractice, has changed his name.
Formerly Dr. Steven Olchowski, Dr. Steven Hawkins made the switch so that he can have a fresh start, his attorney said. Although the attorney claimed that Olchowski has no intention of practicing medicine again under the name Hawkins, WWAY pointed out that there was no guaranty of that.
In the wake of a flood of malpractice lawsuits, Olchowski lost his medical license in both Michigan and North Carolina.
Former patients accused him of lying about the weight-loss procedures he performed on them. They claim that he performed a dangerous short-cut operation that caused life-threatening medical complications.
Olchowski (Hawkins) has yet to go to trial for medical malpractice.
Patients should be able to access accurate information on Dr. Olchowski on the North Carolina Medical Board website, by searching under his new and former names, officials say.