Surgeon who burned initials into patients' livers fined $13600

Leslie Hanson
January 13, 2018

A surgeon who "branded" his name on the liver of a patient during an operation left the woman traumatised by his actions, a court was told.

Simon Bramhall used an argon beam machine to "write" on the organs of two anaesthetised victims in February and August 2013 while working at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The eminent doctor described as one of the leading surgeon's in his medical field appeared for sentencing at Birmingham Crown Court on January 12 after he admitted two charges of assault at an earlier court appearance, claiming his actions were created to relieve tension during surgery.

Bramhall was sentenced to a 12-month community order, meaning he will carry out 120 hours of unpaid work, and fined £10,000.

Bramhall, 53, used an argon beam coagulator, which seals bleeding blood vessels with an electric beam, to mark his initials on the organs.

Although the initials did not contribute to the...

A large number of former patients of Bramhall turned up at court to show their support and gratitude to him.

Bramhall admitted two counts of assault by beating at Birmingham Crown Court in December after denying the more serious charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He resigned from his job at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital in 2014.


"I accept that on both occasions you were exhausted and stressed and I accept that this may have affected your judgement".

Judge Paul Farrer QC found Bramhall's conduct was an abuse of power "born of professional arrogance", reports the Birmingham Mail.

'I accept that you didn't intend or foresee anything but the most trivial of harm would be caused'. I think it should have been thrown out.

The court heard that Bramhall later told police he had "flicked his wrist" and made the mark within a few seconds.

Mr Badenoch said of the initial transplant operation: 'Mr Bramhall had to work exceptionally hard and use all of his skill to complete the operation.

"It was what I would imagine the feeling is for someone who is a victim of rape", she said.

He said: "As far as we know it's a unique case in terms of the facts and demonstrates really the vulnerability of patients and the degree of trust they place in their surgeons when they are having an operation and the importance that that trust is protected and respected by doctors".

Defense attorneys argued Bramhall's acts were a "naïve and foolhardy" attempt on his part to relieve the tension of multiple operations, the BBC reported.

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