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"This Is a Patient ... Not an Autograph Book"

British surgeon suspended for branding initials on patient's liver.

Published: December 27, 2013

Simon Bramhall, MD, FRCS, MB Chb, 48, is said to have used an argon plasma beam electrosurgery unit to mark the male patient's organ with the letters "SB," according to published reports.

The initials were discovered by another surgeon during a follow-up procedure, which led patient advocates to question whether Dr. Bramhall has marked others. "This is a patient we are talking about, not an autograph book," says Joyce Robins of Patient Concern.

Dr. Bramhall has been a consultant surgeon in the liver unit of Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital since 2002. A spokesman for the hospital's administration admitted to reporters that a surgeon had been suspended pending an internal investigation, but did not name the surgeon.

David Bernard

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