- A British surgeon who put his initials on patients’ livers has been withdrawn from medical practice.
- It was discovered by another doctor when one of the transplanted livers failed a week later.
- His suspension was lifted in June, but a medical court ruled Monday to permanently ban him from practicing.
A British doctor who admitted to having autographed the liver of his patients has been removed from the country’s medical register.
Simon Bramhall pleaded guilty in 2017 to using an argon beam machine during surgery to mark his initials on two transplanted livers – one in February 2013 and the other in August 2013, according to documents from the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service.
Bramhall’s 1.6-inch initials were discovered by another doctor when one of the transplanted livers failed after about a week, The Guardian reported.
The act was “born out of a certain degree of professional arrogance,” the medical court said on Monday, concluding that Bramhall should be removed from the medical register, according to The Guardian.
He was first suspended from his post as a consulting surgeon in 2013 – the same year his initials were found on the livers – and resigned his post at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham in 2014 while doing so. under investigation.
The branding also earned Bramhall two convictions for common assault in December 2017, for which he was fined $ 13,619 and community service, according to the MPTS.
The court reconsidered his actions in December 2020 and suspended him from medical practice for at least five months, but then revoked the suspension in June 2021 after “being satisfied that there was no discernible risk of recurrence. “.
A High Court judge dismissed the second decision and referred Bramhall’s case to the MPTS, which ruled that the removal of Bramhall from the medical register was “an appropriate and proportionate sanction”, according to The Guardian.
Bramhall’s autographs did not cause any of the patients “lasting physical damage” but did “cause significant emotional damage,” the medical court said on Monday, the BBC reported.
He added that although he had “good character before”, his actions were a “flagrant violation of the dignity and autonomy of his patients” and undermined public confidence in the medical profession, according to the BBC.
Bramhall also received an immediate stay order to cover a 28-day appeal period.
Bramhall, along with his writing partner Fionn Murphy, appears to have turned the autograph incidents into a novel. The couple have self-published a book called “The Letterman”, the description of which reads:
“All it takes is a fraction of a second. A moment of madness – and nothing will ever be the same again.
A surgeon put his initials on a donor’s liver during a life-saving transplant operation, and everything changes, not just for him and his patient, but for everyone around him. The ensuing conflict is played out in the medical world, the global media and ultimately, in the courts, where justice itself is judged. At what cost is victory? Who wins when everyone loses? “
The book is currently not available for sale on Bramhall’s Amazon Marketplace page. His author page describes him as “a general surgeon who started his career at Queen Elizabeth Hospital” and a “senior consultant specializing in pioneering liver transplantation” who “recently retired”.