Controversial brain surgeon Dr Charlie Teo found guilty of misconduct in landmark ruling over ‘inappropriate’ conversations with patient’s daughter and other allegations
Dr Charlie Teo has been found guilty of professional misconduct in a landmark ruling over ‘inappropriate’ conversations with a patient’s daughter, overcharges he charged and other allegations about consent.
The controversial brain surgeon appeared before the Medical Professional Standards Committee in February to face allegations that he decided to operate on two patients where the risks of surgery outweighed the potential benefits of the surgery.
It was also alleged that he did not obtain informed consent from patients before surgery, charged a patient an improper fee of $35,000 and spoke inappropriately to that patient’s daughter after surgery.
In the decision announced on Wednesday, the committee said, ‘These elements of the complaint have been proved.
The committee found that Professor Teo was guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct in 2018 and 2019 while working as a neurosurgeon at the Prince of Wales Private Hospital in Sydney.
Dr Charlie Teo (pictured left with his partner Tracy Griffiths) has been found guilty of professional misconduct in a landmark verdict.
The committee ordered that Dr Teo be ‘reprimanded and conditions imposed on his registration for the protection of the public’.
These conditions include that Professor Teo must obtain a written statement from a Medical Council-approved neurosurgeon to assist him in performing recurrent malignant intracranial tumor and brain stem tumor surgical procedures.
If the written statement does not support Professor Teo to perform the procedure, he cannot perform the surgery.
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