Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon Accused in Cocaine Heist Back at Work in Phoenix

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The Scottsdale plastic surgeon accused of breaking into a neighboring surgical business and stealing vials of medicinal cocaine is back at work.

Dr. Paul Holden sent an e-mail addressed to "friends and patients" to announce that he's now working at North Valley Plastic Surgery in North Phoenix, near Desert Ridge.

See also:
-Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon Paul Holden Accused of Stealing "Medicinal Cocaine"

In July, the Arizona Medical Board made effective a temporary order that prohibited Holden from practicing medicine in Arizona.

The board's order cited "no finding of unprofessional conduct" against Holden but rather attributed the suspension to a "medical condition."

That order is now nowhere to be found on the board's website, and Holden's profile on the website lists no board action against him.

County court records show the burglary charge against Holden still stands.

According to court documents obtained by New Times, Holden was identified from video surveillance footage and by a cleaning woman he allegedly ran into while he lifted the vials of cocaine from a neighboring surgical outlet. Employees said Holden used to be allowed to perform surgeries in their facility, but "his access was withdrawn after an incident in 2012," according to court documents. There was no further information on that incident.

Holden invoked his right to an attorney after his arrest, but court documents reference another run-in with Holden, in which police were investigating a possible domestic-violence incident between him and his wife in May 2012. According to the documents, Holden "fled the residence in his vehicle, making suicidal statements and holding a loaded handgun up to his head, threatening to kill himself."

Holden barricaded himself in his plastic-surgery business, and the building had to be evacuated until was arrested. Those charges were dismissed after he agreed to complete a diversion program.

In the cocaine-theft case, a grand jury indicted Holden on one felony count of burglary. At this point, the case is scheduled to go to trial early this year.

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15 comments
Francisco Cortez
Francisco Cortez

Exactly! if your skin color isn't a match on his color chart, he'll ignore you.

marib1652
marib1652

He did surgery on me May 2013 and I had a terrible result that cannot be corrected.  My scars are poorly placed and very, very obvious.  They are not anywhere near where typical incisions for my procedure are supposed to be placed.   At the time I researched him, there was nothing online about his 2012 arrest.  Two months after my botched eye job, he was arrested for his cocaine incident.  I've had 2 other surgeons look at me to see if anything can be done and it can't. I was giving myself a 50th b-day present and now I'm scarred for life and out almost $8000.   Lucky me.  

Keith Showalter
Keith Showalter

we should make a 'T' with two pieces of wood and nail him to it.

Nicole Goard
Nicole Goard

HEY...at least there's no chance of him falling asleep during a procedure, am I right? Bet he can get your face filleted in record time too!

jeanjb
jeanjb

I'm surprised as a patient if Dr. Gitt,that they would associate with this guy.

north valley is one of the best places for reconstructive surgery in the nation.

I had a cyst removed from my face with hardly a scar,and it was big and ugly!

they must pay a lot of MP insurance!

these guys do a lot of work for the military and families.

Pauliejuanakraquer
Pauliejuanakraquer

Yeah.. Like, I'm really gonna  send my Trophy Wife to get work from THIS buttwipe.

Imagine old Shaky Jake here getting the coke bugs while holding a scalpel? No thanks.

Ashley Burnam
Ashley Burnam

Hahaha wow! Once you've been accused your reputation is tarnished... He's probably done even though he's trying to work again.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Since when is Felony Burglary a "medical condition" ?

Tabitha Myers
Tabitha Myers

ACCUSED. Not found guilty. I dont know the guy but lets try to be rational before we grab our pitch forks. Geez, New Times, talk about stirring the pot.

Dave Smith
Dave Smith

where is sheriff joe????, o yea, this guy is WHITE

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@marib1652    


https://www.azmd.gov/Complaint/ComplaintOL.aspx


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The Arizona Medical Board (Board) regulates doctors of medicine (MD) under the Arizona Medical Practice Act. The Board does not want to discourage the filing of a valid complaint, however, as an administrative agency the Board's jurisdiction and authority are limited to violations of the Act.

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