Dr. Pancake Death Investigated

Dr. Pancake Death Investigated

There are 339 comments on the WDEF-TV Chattanooga story from Sep 17, 2007, titled Dr. Pancake Death Investigated. In it, WDEF-TV Chattanooga reports that:

Submitted by Bill Mitchell on September 16, 2007 - 4:16pm. News Chattanooga police homicide detectives are investigating the death of prominent plastic surgeon, Dr. via WDEF-TV Chattanooga

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Heather

Oviedo, FL

#61 Oct 15, 2007
Makes no sense to me......I would only get plastic surgery from a board certified physician.
Impacted

Chattanooga, TN

#62 Oct 15, 2007
For edification sake find lists of American Board Certified doctors in Chattanooga, taken from various websites. Dr. Pancake does not show up and even on the list of Board certified Otolaryngology? Pancake posted he was an AMA member, he was not a member. Also Pancake stated his licensure was issued in 1985 however the State site posts 1987?

Here is a current list of local doctors Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

1. Beahm, Thomas Marion,
2. Brzezienski, Mark Antony
3. Chase, Christopher William
4. Davis, James W.
5. Eyssen, James E.
6. Franklin, John David
7. Green, James Franklin Jr.
8. Hayes, Cauley Wilbur
9. Kennedy, James Woodfin
10. Labrador, Daniel P. Jr.
11. Leech, Mark Hatley
12. Lett, Earl Dwayne
13. Pottle, Thomas Galbraith
14. Reno, William Louis III
15. Reynolds, John Robert
16. Sargent, Larry Alan
17. Scanland, Jeanne Andree
18. Von Werssowetz, Arthur J. II
19. Wong, Lesley

Here is a current list of local Doctors Certified by The American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. This is a relativity young board about 21 years old.

1. James R. Shire

Here is a current list of Doctors certified by The American Board of Otolaryngology with dates of cetification. Notice the absence of Pancakes name, his death maybe?

1. Jeffrey Adams 05/25/2004
2. David Robert Barne 10/20/1979
3. Mark William Bookout 04/03/1984
4. Robert Eugene Bowers 11/02/1973
5. Morrow Chamberlain 09/23/1977
6. John Thomas Evans 04/02/1964
7. Jack Ewell Greer 05/07/2001
8. Hathaway K.Harvey 11/04/1971
9. Peter McLain Hunt 05/07/2001
10. Anthony Wayne Jackson 10/09/1987
11. H. Jospeh Lantz 10/18/1980
12. Thomas Edward Taylor 11/11/1965
Heather

Oviedo, FL

#63 Oct 16, 2007
Wow, that's something... But perhaps you're right, they removed his name after his death?
Impacted

Chattanooga, TN

#64 Oct 18, 2007
Friend of patient wrote:
My friend had surgery a few days before Dr. Pancake was found dead. He performed a tummy tuck with a local only. My friend was on the operating table for 6 hours. During that time Dr. Pancake and his assistant left the operating room every 15 minutes for a break and for one hour at lunch time leaving their patient alone. In the transcript of the surgery my friend asked for the surgery to be stopped 20 times complaining of pain. It was noted that caps and masks were not worn by the Dr. or his assistant. My friend is now battling a very bad staph infection from the surgery. She has been told by a doctor at Memorial Hospital that another surgery will be required to repair a surgical hernia and nerve damage caused by Dr. Pancake. It is a fact that the Dr. was HIV positive. It is a fact that he was not a board certified plastic surgeon. This should never have happened.
I wanted you to know I ran across another patience of Pancakes with the exact same circumstances and results as your friend experienced over her “tummy-tuck”, fortunately without the staph infection. This person is also in possession of physical evidence of his unacceptable professional behavior(s) during the operation conducted in his office, under a local and with his staff employee’s assisting.
Tina

Bridgeport, AL

#65 Oct 22, 2007
Did the Dr.Pancake have HIV for a fact?
Was he Gay?
Does anyone know or is this just rumors??????
You must be kidding

United States

#66 Oct 22, 2007
Tina wrote:
Did the Dr.Pancake have HIV for a fact?
Was he Gay?
Does anyone know or is this just rumors??????
Rumors. Some will argue but have no proof. I call this rumor.
Heather

Oviedo, FL

#67 Oct 23, 2007
Typical rumor about a good looking man who worked out and cared about his looks.
Former Patient

United States

#68 Oct 26, 2007
Was Dr. Pancake gay??? Helen Keller could tell that after meeting him one time!!!! But what does that have to do with his ability as a doctor. I'm sure there are many good doctors that are gay. I have been told by reliable sources that he was HIV positive, but again there are probably other doctors who are HIV positive and manage to avoid giving it to their patients. If your vanity forced you to seek a plastic surgeon, it was your responsibility to check his certification first. I was told by the doctors in the emergency room that due to my injury, he was the only doctor in Chatt. that could rebuild my nose. I did have the intelligence to check his certifications prior to surgery. He opereated on me many years ago and my experience was nothing but positive.
Former Patient

Detroit, MI

#69 Oct 27, 2007
Dr. Pancake was not certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. I was a patient as well that was butchered by Dr. Pancake. If only I knew all this before I chose such a incompetent surgeon I could have saved myself so much time, grief and money. I am stuck with the problems Dr. Pancake left behind. I'm afraid to go to another surgeon nor do I have the funds available. I will be forced to have breast revision and probably go in debt over it within the next year. After reading all this now I'm now scared even more I may have caught HIV from him. Any suggestions in how to get compensation for plastic surgery gone bad? or any suggestions on a competent Dr. to do my breast revision?
Impacted

Chattanooga, TN

#70 Oct 29, 2007
The autopsy report conveniently states he had liver cancer; this strongly supports anabolic steroid abuse, possible HIV infection among other possibilities.
The surgeries he performed in his office were astounding and medically completely unacceptable; you should see the photographs taken by his own staff during an actual operation. Pancake seriously violated medical standards, his oath and more importantly at this point, so did any other M.D. in Chattanooga or anywhere else who treated Pancake and/or had knowledge of Pancake’s professional actions. Any doctor, who saw one of Pancakes victims, after one of his botched procedures, is not only ethically but also legally bound to report it. If they failed to do this- liabilities extend to each of them; this is part of their medical oath.
From a legal prospective; his estate, his employees’/business partners, his malpractice insurance carrier (if one exists), any M.D.(or other medical professional) who knew about his actions and any authorizing medical authority should be lined-up and sued. Now that I consider this thought any vender who supplied certain/specific items to his address on Gunbarrel may also be held libel. For example; where did the breast implants come from…etc?
Former Patient

Ooltewah, TN

#71 Oct 30, 2007
I had breast implants done by Dr. Pancake in April,2007. When I meet him, I could not believe how nice and caring he was for a doctor. I felt like I had known him and his staff forever. I do have a problem with one of my implants and he was seeing me at least 2x a month doing different little things to fix it. He was CONCERENED AND CARING on every phone call and every visit. He told me that if he had to do surgery again, all i would have to pay for was the new implant and that I would not owe him nothing for his services!!! To me this is not greedy or anything. I think he was SO,SO SORRY for his mistakes that he had made with other patient's and felt so bad that he had made some one hurt like they are and that is why he took his own life. Those of you who are being so mean, think how would you feel if this was all happening to you. Think of what would go through your mind and heart if you were Dr. Pancake. NO Doctor is perfect they are people just like us but with some knowledge of things that we don't have. I think that if there would have been understanding and caring that this all could have been worked out for the good and he could still be here to hold his wife and girl's, so in away his death is other people's faults. Debbie and girls, you know who your father was and what he was really like. Remember the good times and hold your head high, you will make it through this. Continue to show his concern and love for other's through yourselfs. Anyone who has problems from his work etc... help work it out for the patient and things will be good.
Autopsy Results

Grand Rapids, MI

#72 Oct 30, 2007
Autopsy Results on Bruce Pancake
The Hamilton County Medical Examiner's office has released the findings of Dr. Bruce Pancake's autopsy.
Dr. Pancake was found dead in his Gunbarrel Road office last month. The report lists his death as suicide. It states Pancake was found dead in his office, sitting in a chair and syringes were found near his body.
The report lists toxic levels of a tranquilizer, Lorazepam, and an anti-depressant, Trazodone, as the cause of death. The report also states insulin bottles were found at the scene and Pancake probably injected himself with insulin although he had never been diagnosed with diabetes. The report lists puncture wounds present in both thighs.
The report also found that Dr. Pancake had liver cancer. It's not clear he was aware of it.
Recent Patient

Tullahoma, TN

#73 Oct 30, 2007
Dr. Pancake performed surgery on me just a couple of weeks before he committed suicide. I noticed and was concerned about his shaking hands but all turned out well. I do feel as though his patients should be told whether or not he was HIV positive. We have a right to that information.
You must be kidding

United States

#74 Oct 30, 2007
Impacted wrote:
The autopsy report conveniently states he had liver cancer; this strongly supports anabolic steroid abuse, possible HIV infection among other possibilities.
The surgeries he performed in his office were astounding and medically completely unacceptable; you should see the photographs taken by his own staff during an actual operation. Pancake seriously violated medical standards, his oath and more importantly at this point, so did any other M.D. in Chattanooga or anywhere else who treated Pancake and/or had knowledge of Pancake’s professional actions. Any doctor, who saw one of Pancakes victims, after one of his botched procedures, is not only ethically but also legally bound to report it. If they failed to do this- liabilities extend to each of them; this is part of their medical oath.
From a legal prospective; his estate, his employees’/business partners, his malpractice insurance carrier (if one exists), any M.D.(or other medical professional) who knew about his actions and any authorizing medical authority should be lined-up and sued. Now that I consider this thought any vender who supplied certain/specific items to his address on Gunbarrel may also be held libel. For example; where did the breast implants come from…etc?
Wow, Impacted, you must be the most miserable and negative person I have ever read. I pity you!!!!!
Intrigued

Ooltewah, TN

#75 Oct 30, 2007
Wow too Impacted…However, my pity lies for those on the other end of the proverbial stick, you wheel! Been around the block a couple of times, have you? Any additional strategies?
DOAT

United States

#76 Oct 30, 2007
are you serious there have been 75 post about pancake, he was a douchebag, but not like JohnBlack
Impacted

Chattanooga, TN

#77 Oct 31, 2007
Intrigued wrote:
Wow too Impacted…However, my pity lies for those on the other end of the proverbial stick, you wheel! Been around the block a couple of times, have you? Any additional strategies?
As a matter of fact I do. This particular tack requires Q & A. The question goes to the any past patients of Pancakes who sought services from another doctor after any botched procedure/operation in Pancakes office on Gunbarrel Road.(Note: Prior to his move from his Hixson office, it appears Pancake was a very good doctor, an ENT and had privileges in local Hospital operating rooms which he subsequently lost. As best I can tell, at this point, his downslide began around 2000, maybe a little earlier). Anyway, after consulting this “other” doctor regarding the problems Pancake created; did this doctor charge you for this particular visit?
Chattanooga Gal

Panama City, FL

#78 Oct 31, 2007
Tina wrote:
Did the Dr.Pancake have HIV for a fact?
Was he Gay?
Does anyone know or is this just rumors??????
The autopsy report revealed that Dr. Pancake did not have HIV. Hopefully, this finding will finally put this ugly rumor to rest.
Recent Patient

Lansing, MI

#79 Oct 31, 2007
Chattanooga Gal wrote:
<quoted text>The autopsy report revealed that Dr. Pancake did not have HIV. Hopefully, this finding will finally put this ugly rumor to rest.
How do you know this for sure? Privacy laws may prohibit the release of that information.

“WTF?!? STFU!!”

Since: Oct 07

Chattanooga, TN

#80 Nov 1, 2007
Again who care?!? He is dead, move on

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