Encinitas Doctor To Lose Medical License

Dr. Robert Biter Faces Various Accusations Of Negligence

A North County doctor is facing the loss of his medical license after accusations of botched surgeries and repeated negligence.

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Two years ago, loyal patients -- including talk show host Ricki Lake -- rallied in support of Encinitas-based Dr. Robert Biter after Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas suspended his privileges to practice medicine there.

Now, at 5 p.m. Friday, Biter's license to practice medicine will be suspended and his Encinitas office, Babies by the Sea, will close. Biter will not be allowed to practice medicine for two months, and then he will be placed on probation for seven years.

Biter faces several accusations, and the state Medical Board told 10News some of the issues include:

-- a complaint accusing him of removing the wrong ovary of a woman -- performing an unnecessary C-section -- performing a hysterectomy without patient consent

On Thursday, Biter told 10News in a phone conversation that he was limited as to what he could say regarding his situation because of legal issues.

In a 2006 interview, Biter told 10News being a doctor meant everything to him and "… and then I delivered my first baby and it was amazing."

Biter will have to take several medical courses before he is able to deliver babies again.

As part of his probation, he will have to take an ethics class and a 40-hour clinical evaluation that tests his mental health and judgment. He also will not be allowed to have his own office.

Biter has not admitted guilt to any of the accusations levied against him.

He could have the ability to appeal to have his probation end sooner than the seven years.

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