Dr. Simon Bramhall is shown leaving court in Birmingham after being fined for the "branding" incidents.
An acclaimed British surgeon who got into hot water for "branding" two patients' livers has finally learned his punishment.
Dr. Simon Bramhall, who burned his initials into patients' livers during transplant operations, was fined 10,000 pounds ($13,600) this month and ordered to perform community service, according to the Associated Press.
Bramhall pleaded guilty in December to two counts of assault in a case a prosecutor called "without legal precedent in criminal law."
The doctor used an argon beam coagulator, which seals bleeding blood vessels with an electric beam, to mark his initials on the organs. The 53-year-old surgeon resigned from Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham in 2014 after another doctor discovered what he'd done. He now works for the National Health Service in Herefordshire as a consultant, according to the BBC.
The hospital said there had been "no impact whatsoever" on the success of the operations.
The case caused a sensation in England, where Bramhall was a renowned liver, spleen and pancreas surgeon, with the British media closely following the case.
Passing sentence at Birmingham Crown Court in central England, Judge Paul Farrer said Bramhall displayed "professional arrogance of such magnitude that it strayed into criminal behavior."
The judge accepted that the patients were not physically harmed but said one had suffered "extreme and enduring" psychological stress after learning what had happened.
"What you did was an abuse of power and a betrayal of trust that these patients had invested in you," the judge said.