Medical board bans surgeon Simon Bramhall, a pioneer in liver branding.

Medical board bans surgeon Simon Bramhall, a pioneer in liver branding.

A surgeon who inscribed his initials on two patients' livers has been expelled.

In 2013, Simon Bramhall admitted using an argon beam to sign organs at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) claimed it was a "act of professional hubris".

His actions "undermined" public trust in doctors, it claimed.

Bramhall, of Tarrington, Herefordshire, accepted two counts of assault by beating in December 2017 and was fined £10,000 the following year.

Bramhall had been suspended from the profession for at least five months in December 2020, but a review hearing on June 4 found he was no longer handicapped by his criminal convictions, and the suspension order was removed.

The GMC also appealed the suspension decision, which was quashed by a High Court judge, according to the newspaper.

Bramhall was struck off by MPTS on Monday for activities that "breached" patient-doctor confidence.
Owing to Bramhall's actions, one of the patients suffered "severe emotional distress", the tribunal stated.

However, the "whole context of delivering life-saving care" did not mitigate against "Mr Bramhall's grave breach of his victims' dignity and autonomy".

Following the tribunal hearing, a 28-day suspension order was issued.

Another doctor uncovered his acts when 1.6-inch (4cm) initials were found on an organ that Bramhall had transplanted and failed a week later.

Bramhall left the Birmingham hospital in 2014.

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