UK bans Dr. Simon Bramhall for surgically tattooing his initials on patients’ livers.
According to a report by BBC News, British surgeon Dr. Simon Bramhall has been removed from the medical register after branding his initials on the livers of his patients.
That means he can no longer practice medicine in the United Kingdom, according to the General Medical Council.
The branding took place in February and August of 2013, and Bramhall was found guilty of two counts of common assault in December of that year, according to records from the Medical Practitioners Tribunal
At the end of each liver transplant procedure, he used an argon beam coagulator (a technique routinely used in surgeries) to affix his initials to the liver. When the organ transplant failed and another doctor was operating on the patient, the tattooed initials were discovered, according to BBC News.
According to records from the Medical Practitioners Tribunal, the patient had mental health concerns as a result of the incident’s public coverage and stress.
Bramhall was fined £10,000 ($13,635) and ordered to do community service and unpaid labour after admitting assault charges. According to the Medical Practitioners Tribunal, Bramhall had been awarded a number of awards and titles over the years.
At University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, he served as a consultant surgeon and lecturer, as well as the deputy director of the division of medicine at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
In December 2020, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal decided to suspend his license for five months due to his “professional arrogance of such a scale that it went into criminal behavior.”
On Monday, the General Medical Council again suspended him from practicing medicine and withdrew his medical registration.
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