Carlos Guzmangarza, a San Francisco man who allegedly performed plastic surgery without a license from his “clinic” on Mission Street, has been accused of rape by one of two victims who came forward recently.
So far, nine victims have spoken out against the alleged doctor, who operated from 2590 Mission Street between 21st and 22nd streets.
The 49-year-old Guzmangarza faces a total of 17 felony charges. Assistant District Attorney Evan Ackiron added three counts of rape to the charges this morning, which means that Guzmangarza could spend up to 30 years in prison.
The charges include counts for practicing medicine without a license, false impersonation, identity theft, assault with force likely to cause great bodily harm, grand theft, sexual penetration by foreign or unknown object against the victim’s will, unlawful oral copulation and rape.
“Thanks to the widespread attention this case has received, more victims have [come] forward,” District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement.
Guzmangarza operated a dermatology clinic known as Derma Clinic on the second floor of the Mission Market building, on the corner of Mission and 22nd streets. Merchants who came in contact with him throughout the three to five years he operated from the clinic told Mission Loc@l that he referred to himself as a plastic surgeon who performed everything from breast implants to hymen reconstructive surgery.
In 2010, Guzmangarza allegedly picked up a victim from her house, drove her to his office, and had her hold the IV bag as he smoked a cigar while performing liposuction. A few days after the surgery, Guzmangarza allegedly showed up at the victim’s house with six pounds of fat that he had removed from her, which he dumped down her toilet.
The victim learned that Guzmangarza was not a licensed doctor after her abdomen became infected and she was forced to see another doctor for follow-up treatment. It’s not clear how she found out that he was unlicensed.
Stephanie Ong Stillman, a spokeswoman for the district attorney, and neighborhood merchants agreed that if it wasn’t for the victim who came forward, Guzmangarza might still be out there performing surgeries.
Guzmangarza was known as an avid smoker, and had a preference for Nat Sherman Classic luxury cigarettes and other “fancy” cigars, according to a clerk at a nearby liquor store.
Robert Garcia, an attorney whose offices are next door to Guzmangarza’s former office, said that building tenants constantly complained about the smell of smoke.
“He mostly kept to himself,” Garcia said.
But he did like to talk to the merchants downstairs at the indoor market, who remember him as “respectful,” “friendly” and “charismatic.”
“I always thought it was strange that he performed all kinds of surgeries but he did not have an assistant,” said one of the merchants, who asked that his name not be used, for fear of retribution.
Guzmangarza told the merchant that he performed lip augmentation, breast and buttock implants, and hymen reconstructive surgery. He also told the merchant that he had had plastic surgery on his own face, performed by another surgeon. The merchant added that he didn’t know if he believed anything Guzmangarza told him any more.
Guzmangarza has been in custody since December 2011, and his bail has been set at $1 million. His next court date is scheduled for July 17, according to the district attorney’s office.
The district attorney is asking anyone who was treated by Guzmangarza to call investigator Douglas Becker of the Medical Board of California at (408) 437-3680 or Lt. Carlos Sanchez of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office at (415) 551-9569.