Jacky Oh’s Surgeon Speaks Out, A History of Lawsuits Emerges

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Several weeks after the untimely passing of 33-year-old Ms. Jacky Oh, her plastic surgeon has spoken out. The statement, which emphasizes the clinic’s high medical standards, hygienic practices and patient care, does not make mention of Oh, who leaves behind her partner and three children.

While no official cause of death for the Wild ‘N Out star has been released, she had posted about undergoing a Mommy Makeover from Dr. Zachary Okhah only days before she was found unresponsive in her hotel room. Speculation over her cause of death has led Dr. Okhah to come under fire and caused a resurfacing of negative reviews and lawsuits.

According to Page Six, who broke the news, Dr. Okhah has previously filed two lawsuits against former patients over negative reviews. In 2021, he filed a $30,000 suit against a patient who claimed in a review that the surgery “mutilated” her. The case was dismissed. The second suit also involved a review, which claimed that Dr. Okhah did not have happy clients and that positive reviews were written by friends and family. The suit was also dismissed.

Dr. Okhah’s released statement comes after deleting an Instagram post showing him and Oh, who is dressed in an open medical gown. The caption includes her intention to undergo the procedure and teased a YouTube reveal after she had healed.

In the statement, Dr. Okhah notes that his mission is to “help patients receive the best possible results in the safest and most medically appropriate way.”

Dr. Okhah’s clinic PH1 in Miami explains that he “specializes in body contouring treatments,” but his biography section reveals he is primarily focused on surgical facial rejuvenation techniques.

Dr. Okhah has a medical license to practice in Florida, but has not yet received board certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery, according to a spokesperson. First reported by The Sun, the news that Dr. Okhah is not yet board certified is a huge red flag.

There are inherent risks in everything we do,” says New York plastic surgeon Brad Gandolfi, MD. “When considering surgery, one should research the surgeon, his or her credentials, and read some reviews at a minimum. The person should check references like the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS.org) or specialty-specific societies like the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Not doing so is the equivalent of driving a car on the highway at night without headlights or a seatbelt.”

The investigation into Oh’s cause of death is still ongoing.

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