I have put almost all of Dr Umar's' statements in quotation boxes and highlighted blue. The video presentation near the bottom of the page has instructions for viewing in HD near the link. Below is my rebuttal and additional evidence.
These quotes posted above by Umar are what greatjob would call cherry picking and do not follow a chronological timeline.
- November 22, 2012: Consultation request.
- November 23, 2012: Umar replies, “From the photos you have sent, I recommend 3000 grafts ( Head and nape derived) for your restoration.
This is a 2 consecutive weekday procedure at the cost of $8 per graft.”
- November 23, 2012: I reply, “What are the realistic expectations for this procedure.”
- November 26, 2012: Umar replies, “3000 grafts would advance your hairline and fill in as well as bolster density in the frontal scalp.” (quoted by Umar above).
- November 27, 2012: Umar replies, “With 1800 grafts we would restore your hairline conservatively and blend it into your frontal scalp (quoted by Umar above).With 3000 grafts, the hairline would be a tad more aggressive than te aforementioned and we would also augment the density of the frontal scalp.”
As you can see there was no mention of non-surgical remedies, 3000 grafts was Umars recommendation, he did not complete his own recommendation, he did not mention the possibility of multiple procedures, he did not mention the option for 1800 grafts until later, he gave two ambiguous descriptions of what an aggressive hairline was; the final description just being a tad more aggressive with greater frontal scalp density.
I then explained to HG that the hairline he drew was too low. After wiping off that line, I took the marking pencil and drew what I thought was an appropriate hairline, in light of HG’s expressed goals. I photographed that hairline. This hairline met with his approval. Again, HG was awake, and of clear mind, there was no sedating medication in his system.
Above is a page from my medical record. As I have stated before I had never seen Dr. Umar in person or spoken with him until I had been prepped by his staff and was waiting in the operating room. My international flight from Asia (Usually I was working in the Middle East) where I had been on business arrived at 10 AM and as soon as I got my bags I took a taxi to the clinic and showed up with my bags without checking into my hotel. I was not late, as some people have claimed. The patient coordinator and Umar were well aware of the schedule change and had approved it prior to my flight. (It should be noted I was coming from a time zone 14 hours ahead of Los Angeles time). A nurse or whom I believe to have been a nurse gave me the cup full of pills and instructed me to take them as I changed out of my clothes. I asked her what the pills were and she said just some antibiotics and things to help you relax. Things to help you relax were diazepam, and codeine. Diphenhydramine, Lorazepam, Midazolam, Butorphanol were injected shortly upon entering the operating room as you can see from my medical record.
What is Butorphanol? It is a schedule 4 controlled substance (opioid) used to relieve pain. The U.S. National Library of Medicine / National Institute of Health states, “Butorphanol injection is also used to relieve pain during labor and to prevent pain and decrease awareness before or during surgery.”
Butorphanol Injection: MedlinePlus Drug Information
What is Midazolam? Is a schedule 4 controlled substance (Benzodiazepine). The U.S. National Library of Medicine / National Institute of Health states, “Midazolam is given to children before medical procedures or before anesthesia for surgery to cause drowsiness, relieve anxiety, and prevent any memory of the event.”
Symptoms of overdose may include: drowsiness, confusion, problems with balance and movement, slowed breathing and heartbeat, loss of consciousness.
Midazolam: MedlinePlus Drug Information
The Mayo clinic states, “Midazolam is used to produce sleepiness or drowsiness and to relieve anxiety before surgery or certain procedures. Midazolam is also given to produce amnesia (loss of memory) so that the patient will not remember any discomfort or undesirable effects that may occur after a surgery or procedure.”
Midazolam (Injection Route) - MayoClinic.com
What are Diazepam and Lorazepam? Are schedule 4 controlled substances (Benzodiazepine). The U.S. National Library of Medicine / National Institute of Health states, “Diazepam is used to relieve anxiety, muscle spasms, and seizures and to control agitation caused by alcohol withdrawal.” “Side effects are: drowsiness, dizziness, tiredness, weakness, dry mouth, diarrhea, nausea, changes in appetite, restlessness or excitement, constipation, difficulty urinating, frequent urination, blurred vision, changes in sex drive or ability.”
Diazepam: MedlinePlus Drug Information
Lorazepam: MedlinePlus Drug Information
The DEA states that drugs like Diazepam, Midazolam, and Lorazepam affect the mind in the following ways, “Benzodiazepines are associated with amnesia, hostility, irritability, and vivid or disturbing dreams.”
Get Smart About Drugs - Benzodiazepines
Diazepam, midazolam, and lorazepam all belong to the same class of medicine Benzodiazepine. Why is this important? The combination of similar drugs could produce or come dangerously close to creating symptoms of overdose. What are some of the symptoms of overdose? Blurred vision, confusion, double vision, drowsiness, tiredness, stupor with the hallmark being falling into a deep sleep while still being able to breath adequately.
Diazepam overdose: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia
What is Diphenhydramine? It is an antihistamine that can be used for sedating. Pertinent side effects are drowsiness, dizziness, and vision problems.
Diphenhydramine as an Alternative Local Anesthetic Agent
Diphenhydramine: MedlinePlus Drug Information
What is Codeine? Is a schedule 2 controlled substance (Opiate). Pertinent symptoms and side effects include: dizziness, drowsiness, lightheadedness, and changes in vision.
Diphenhydramine: MedlinePlus Drug Information
What is Triazolam? Is a schedule 4 controlled substance Benzodiazepine. The U.S. National Library of Medicine / National Institute of Health states, “You will probably become very sleepy soon after you take triazolam and will remain sleepy for some time after you take the medication. Plan to go to bed right after you take triazolam and to stay in bed for 7 to 8 hours. Do not take triazolam if you will be unable to remain asleep for 7 to 8 hours after taking the medication. If you get up too soon after taking triazolam, you may experience memory problems.”
Pertinent symptoms and side effects: drowsiness, dizziness, and lightheadedness. Signs of overdose include but not limited to the following: extreme drowsiness, confusion, and loss of consciousness for a period of time.
Triazolam: MedlinePlus Drug Information
7 different drugs were administered that are controlled substances within a matter of minutes.
I do not recall drawing the hairline from the aforementioned picture where it is. My memory is drawing it at my hairline. This statement has been consistent. I described in detail my limited interactions with Umar in the operating room, and that I had felt the effects of the medications very quickly. The abundance of medications used on someone coming from a different time zone, a direct international flight, and only having had breakfast, and a cookie from the patient coordinators desk are additional stressors that can exacerbate the effects of such a plethora of medication. Not to mention the subjective affects of medications and their interactions with each other and a persons individual chemistry.
Dr. Umar and I did not discuss the placement of the hairline in the operating room as he claims above. He introduced himself, which was the same time the effects of the medications began to quickly set in. He asked me to draw a hairline, he said I was not much of an artist, and asked me to lean my head back, and he began to draw. I have no recollection of anything after that point. That is what I have said all along. I have no memory and was utterly cognitively impaired by medications whenever the later photos Umar posted must have been taken.
Medication was administered prior to Umars arrival and introduction mentioned previously. Therefore, the first sentence above cannot be true and sets a precedence of false claims made by Umar. He mentions that staff only practice within their scope. What is a nurse’s scope? The U.S. Department of Labor states that nurse’s are within their scope to provide and administer medication amongst other duties.
Registered Nurses : Occupational Outlook Handbook : U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Furthermore, the state of California, Department of Consumer Affairs, Board of Registered Nursing states, “It is within the scope of practice of registered nurses to administer medications for the purpose of induction of conscious sedation for short-term therapeutic, diagnostic or surgical procedures.”
So what does this all mean? If medication was administered before Umar saw me by his staff or at his direction to his staff prior to seeing me and assessing my condition as he claims he did, then his claim above is false. Since nurses are within their scope to administer medication as is stated by the empirically cited evidence then my claims at a minimum show reasonable doubt and maximum a willful false claim by Dr. Umar. However, in this case it is the latter.
Dr. Umar did not inform me as to how the surgery would be done. Therefore, I had no way of knowing what areas would be done first, nor was I informed that there could be modifications during. Furthermore, he uses two contradictory statements above. First he states that grafts were not placed until the second day, then he says only the frontal scalp was done the first day. The inconsistency of these statements is evidence of umar contradicting his testimony above, and this inconsistency of facts and quoting out of context should indicate to the reader to the false nature of his statements.
Contrast, where I am making the same claim I have always made of remembering the initial interactions in the operating room up until the point where Dr. Umar had me lean my head back, drew his hairline, and everything after that until I woke up that evening. Therefore, your claim above is absurd because it does not contrast anything. It is consistent with my story, and Umar has provided additional evidence on my part corroborating my testimony. The picture he has I have repeatedly stated I have no memory of being taken. Being under the influence of 7 different opiates and benzodiazepines can severely affect a person’s cognition. The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) states,
“A large number of benzodiazepines have been studied for use as sedatives and for their anxiolytic potential as premedicants for outpatient surgery. Potent, new, orally-administered drugs with short half-lives, rapid onset, and minimal residual effects have been developed. Dose-dependent amnesia is also produced by some of these agents. Advances in understanding receptor physiology have shed light on specific pharmacologic activities and aided the discovery of benzodiazepine antagonists with antidote properties. While these drugs have relatively low toxicity, dose-related oversedation remains a risk in susceptible patients, especially when combined with other sedatives.
So the claim of over sedation, plausibility of amnesia, and evidence of cognitive impairment are once again correlated by empirical evidence not mere heresay. Dr. Umar seems adept at trying to cover himself legally with the abundance of medications, photos, paperwork, and advocates he has marketing for him. I cannot and do not deny the existence of said photo, how could I, what I do claim is that I was severely cognitively impaired, no recollection of events past a certain point, no memory of agreeing to umars design, or of photos taken. I do know for a fact that I leaned my head back and laid down for Umar to start drawing and closed my eyes, which is the last thing I remember from that day until I woke up that evening still under the influence of medications.
My first thought when I was first able to see my hairline was that it was too low. I have previously stated that I just hoped for the best and took the advice to wait and be patient as everything developed. As things developed that is when the evolution of the gravity of the egregious work, and the deficits of consent and consultation became more apparent. Again, this is a consistent statement I have made.
The reason I did not come to his office is because I reside on the East Coast. Why would anyone after what I have been through trust or spend anymore money to fly across the country to have a conversation.
September 2, 2013, I began to receive harrassing emails from Umar asking me if I had posted negative reviews.
September 5, 2013, Dr. Umar says, “I am no longer responsible for your care.”
September 14, 2013
You have publicly stated, on an internet website, that you were sedated and not aware of what was going on at the time we talked about the placement of your hairline. The truth is you were not sedated, you were fully awake and lucid during the pre-surgery discussion of your hairline.
I am requesting, pursuant to the laws of the State of California, that you publicly retract this false, malicious and defamatory statement.
S. Umar, MD
“It can be reasonable construed from the email from September 14, 2013, that dr. Umar sent this message in an attempt to scare me from posting publicly. However, the United States and California Constitutions grant every person petition and free speech rights to participate in government and civic affairs, speak freely on public issues and issues of public interest, and petition government officials for redress of grievances. Yet, every year, thousands of individuals, community groups, and organizations are sued for exercising these constitutional rights. These suits are known as “SLAPPs” — Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation. Therefore, posting reviews on the internet are protected under this law and its statutes.”
Why would Dr. Umar want to file a SLAPP suit against me? It’s simple, while most SLAPPs are meritless they take up considerable time and money. The underlying message is that if you speak up I will sue you. Therefore, his claim of being courteous and respectable is false.
Attached below you will see the photo with a measuring tape placed appropriately on my forehead and secured to the surface with tape. It clearly shows the hairline as being 5 cm, 5.2 cm to 5.5 to be exact. Those things on my forhead are called wrinkles. They are always there, and not from furrowing my brows.
There are obvious multi-hair grafts in the front and temple points of the hairline. They have remained that way since inception, and even increased in caliber. Furthermore, the lasered hair grew back within a matter of weeks and the caliber and multi hair grafts remained intact. The attached link below will take you to a video of my latest repair with photos and live video that show the multi hair grafts being extracted and the grafts counted the moment they come out. For optimal quality you should click the cogwheel in the lower right corner of the video and select 720p to watch the video in HD so that you can see the 2, 3, 4, and 5 hair grafts.
Umar was intentionally ambiguous regarding the nature of those diagnoses because it created speculation. It also was blatant character assassination meant to attack my credibility rather than engage in the discussion. Initially I granted him full authorization except mental health because he is not my mental health practitioner. However, since he would not respond without being able to make his comments about mental health, which are outside of his scope, I relented so that this discussion could transpire. However, September 5, 2013, Dr. Umar stated, “I am no longer responsible for your care.” He revealed then revealed my mental health information publically September 20, 2013. What he did not do was contact my psychologist to get approval which is required pursuant Cal. Welf. & Inst. Code §5328(b). Therefore, Dr. Umar has violated HIPAA law.
For those of you who are adept at what a logical fallacies is the mere fact of releasing this information qualifies as an ad hominem logical fallacy attack.
What I told umar was that the situation with my hair was an additional stressor, and I have stated I was having a bad day due to my friend who died in Fallujah being remembered. The depression is due to my appearance and the ptsd is from combat situations.
I did ask that physician to contact him. I also gave Umar the repair physicians contact information several times, and he did not ever contact him. Umar could have just as easily called or emailed that physician instead of not picking up the phone or typing an email.
Lastly, no amount of hair growth would ever significantly resolve the hairline that is too low, too straight, which consent and design collaboration was supposedly garnered while under the influence of 7 controlled substances administered by Umars staff. The entirety of the situation constitutes negligence and medical battery. Case precedence has been set in California previously regarding the use of medication and consents obtained whether written or verbal after medications were administered. The State of California has ruled and set precedence stating that physicians and cases of this nature are not subject to MICRA because these cases are not considered medical malpractice. Therefore, any and all arbitration or other agreements are null and void.
Over the course of this post you have seen a consistent revelation of the false nature of Dr. Umars claims, and true character. While much of this matter will be settled in the court the objectivity of community members and the access to this case provide invaluable information. This post was volunteered on good faith to serve a specific purpose of talking to relevant people about my experience. I felt it was my duty to communicate to all of you with corresponding duties and interests.
Of course, there will be always critics.
Wylie, Heliboy, Atticus / Abner to name a few. As close as I can ascertain atticus posts on every site for umar giving reviews and testimony. Heliboy, is unwilling to post high quality photos of his hair nor is he willing to tell people or show proof of what he paid for multiple surgeries from Umar totaling 19,500 grafts with an estimated price tag of 150k+. What is evident from heliboy is he has something to hide. Wylie I don’t have much to say about other than we don’t agree on much.