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Surgeon Admits to Branding Patients' Livers

Published: January 15, 2018

BRANDED Simon Bramhall has to complete 120 hours of community service but will avoid jail time.

A well-respected UK surgeon was ordered to pay a nearly $14,000 fine and complete community service after he admitted to using an argon beam to brand his initials into patients' livers during surgery.

Simon Bramhall, MD, FRCS, MB ChB, 53, was found guilty of 2 counts of battery last week in Birmingham Crown Court and was sentenced to a 12-month community order, which includes 120 hours of unpaid work and the fine, but no jail time, according to a statement from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

The sentence was important, "to maintain the confidence of patients who put their complete trust in surgeons," says Frank Ferguson, head of special crime at CPS.

Dr. Bramhall, who was a consultant surgeon in the liver unit at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, UK, starting in 2002, allegedly used an argon plasma beam coagulator to mark a patient's organ with his initials, ‘SB.'

Another surgeon discovered the initials when he operated on the patient for a follow-up procedure. Since then, Dr. Bramhall has been accused of branding the liver of a second patient.

Dr. Bramhall admitted to the 2 incidents during a hearing in December.

Anna Merriman

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