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Oral surgeon testifies in malpractice trial

Karen Dorn Steele (Staff Writer)

August 15, 2008

A Spokane oral surgeon accused of malpractice for a series of jaw operations on a young woman took the stand Thursday in his own defense, saying although he doesn't remember the specifics of his initial conversations, he never promised to be Kimberly Kallestad's "hero."

"I think I said, 'I'd like to make you better,' " Dr. Patrick Collins told a Spokane County Superior Court jury.

In a 2007 study within his oral surgery practice of 117 responding patients who'd agreed to have open jaw surgery in his South Hill office, Collins said 86 percent replied they were pleased with the results. A total of 202 patients were contacted for the study, but some didn't respond, he said.

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