Pina Vitale wanted to get plastic surgery on her stomach. She had been intelligent about it for a long time, but she waited 15 years after the birth of her child to do it. She lost weight and quit smoking before getting the surgery.
After two months of researching plastic surgeons, Vitale found Dr. Mahmood Kara. He has more-than twenty-seven years of experience doing cosmetic surgery, and his reviews were good. His staff made her feel enjoyable over the phone.
“I was very happy when I set it,” she said. “It wasn’t for everyone else in the world; it was just for me. It made me feel better.”
Vitale paid a 50% deposit of $6,500. But she couldn’t reach anyone at the clinic in the weeks leading up to her appointment. Neither could Csu World Record.
Kara has taken thousands of dollars from at least a dozen people, and she has disappeared. Many patients who went to his hospital have said they think he did bad things. They said they reported him to the police and the College of Physicians and Surgeons.
I seemed trying to call and email people, but no one was answering me. My phone has been disconnected, too. I worked strongly to get here, and now I don’t know what is going on.
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Kara runs four clinics in Ontario. They are in Toronto, Scarborough, Vaughan, and Whitby. He also has two satellite locations in Guelph and Burlington on the company website.
CSU World Record has tried to ask Kara for his opinion, but he won’t answer. We even messaged him through email, on the phone, on social media, and in person. He still won’t answer our questions or comments.
A patient took out a loan for $16,500, and they are very sad.
Heather Hill borrowed $16,500 from a company that paid Kara directly. This company paid the full amount for surgery on her breasts.
This person is really sad and really worried. They said this in an interview near their home on the Six Nations of the Grand River. She chose Kara after reading reviews and talking to a friend.
“There were no signs at all,” she said.
I was really looking ahead to the surgery. I thought it would change my life for me and make me more confident.
A non-profit organization says it’s common in North America for patients to pay a deposit than to pay in full weeks prior to the surgery date.
The patient told Kara they were on personal leave.
Hill’s surgery was scheduled for August 25, but the anesthesiologist wasn’t available. So it was moved to September 15 instead. A week before that date, Hill got an email saying that her surgery had been canceled and that it would be rescheduled again at a later date.
Dr. Kara will be away and come back on September 30. We can schedule patients after that date.
Hill felt that something was wrong. She tried to contact the clinic to cancel her surgery and get a refund. She called the clinic more than fifty times and sent several emails, but no one had called her back.
She says that she needs to go to another doctor to get a surgery done. But she can’t afford it unless she gets her money back.
“I am really mad, and I feel like I can’t do anything,” she said.
CSU world record went to Kara’s clinic and found it empty. When we visited his Toronto location, staff at a health clinic he rented space from said that he and his staff stopped coming one day. For our last attempt, we tried to see if Kara was home in Vaughan, but no one answered the door.
He tried to contact four of his staff members, but he couldn’t find them. He tried emailing them, calling them and sending them messages on their social media accounts. But they were not found. And he also realized that the phone numbers provided by the clinic to patients had been disconnected.
In a lawsuit, someone said that their rent cheques bounced
Vitale couldn’t find Kara or his staff ahead of her October 4 appointment. He drove to the clinic she was going to, and it was empty. A legal letter with a date on it was taped to the door.
The Kleinburg Village Centre Inc. filed a lawsuit against Kara and the Dr. Kara Medicine Professional Corporation on September 23 for $664,608 because they breached two commercial leases. They claim that in August, Kara signed contracts to rent two units in the building, but in September, both cheques bounced due to insufficient funds.
A week later, Kara’s office manager told the landlord that Kara was bankrupt and the business was not doing well.
The lawyer has not filed a statement of defense, and the claim has not been tested in court.
There are debts against two cars and laser equipment in the name of Dr. Kara Medical Professional Corporation.
CSU World Record interviewed some women who said they filed reports with York Regional Police. But the police refused to say if it was investigating Kara. The spokesperson said that if someone files a report, it will be investigated thoroughly.
In the past, there have been lawsuits and complaints
Some people complained about Kara. They said she was not a member of the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons and that they were referred to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO).
The CPSO says it is not allowed to tell us if they are looking into the surgeon. But they said that he had been investigated before and was given a warning.
In 2017, he was told not to do something by the CPSO’s complaints and reports committee. He had done something wrong. He used before-and-after photos in a magazine ad, which is against the rules.
The committee was not sure that the man would change his behavior without more help. That is why they did not let him keep working.
Kara’s website has more than 200 before-and-after photos. They were also on the CSU Marketplace investigation into how breast implants were advertised by Toronto surgeons in 2018.
The CPSO warned Kara about informed consent and documentation. This happened in February of 2020 after a patient complained that she received larger breast implants than she had agreed to when Kara was removing her current ones due to pain.
Kara and her company filed a lawsuit against a patient for more than $250,000. The claim states that she went from a “C” to a “DDD” cup size because of the implants at the age of 72.
Kara said that the patient had given their verbal and written consent for a larger size before they had surgery. The patient denies any negligence or breach of duty of care.
The claim has not been tested in court yet.
Group says Kara’s actions add to the lack of trust. Julie Elliott, the Canadian representative for the Breast Implant Safety Alliance, says that the alliance is not connected to Kara, but women have reached out asking about this situation.
This is really unhappy because he is still a doctor, but he did harm. He took an oath, saying that he would not do any harm.
Elliott says the situation is making a bad situation worse for some patients.
The author, Vitale, says she has lost hope that she can get a tummy tuck. If she does look for someone else to do the procedure, then the person should have a recommendation from her doctor.
I was looking for a change. I wanted someone to help me feel comfortable. But he couldn’t do that, and then he left.