Surgeon Who Branded Patients’ Livers Barred From Practicing Medicine

Surgeon Who Branded Patients' Livers Barred From Practicing Medicine

( – Sometimes work can be stressful, and it’s not uncommon for people look for ways to brighten the mood on the job every now and then. One surgeon, however, reportedly decided to spice up his day by branding his patient’s livers during surgery. Now, the medical community has barred the man from practicing medicine.

On Monday, January 10, the UK General Medical Council officially struck British surgeon, Dr. Simon Bramhall, from the medical register, barring him from practicing medicine in the UK. The ruling came after Bramhall branded two of his patient’s livers during transplant surgeries in 2013. Another doctor found Bramhall’s initials on the transplanted liver after one of the organs failed in the weeks after the surgery.

In 2017, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service found Bramhall guilty on two counts of common assault. In 2020, the organization suspended him for five months for “professional arrogance of such magnitude that it strayed into criminal behaviour.” After this week’s ruling, he’s now unable to practice medicine ever again.

One Twitter user shared this ridiculous, but truthful, news:

It’s now publicly acknowledged that Bramhall should not practice medicine anymore, although his branded initials did not cause “lasting physical damage” to either patient. However, the emotional harm from the case, along with the breach of trust between doctor and patient, clearly affected his patients for years to come. Hopefully, this ruling brings them a bit of closure.

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