German transplant surgeon denies accusations of blackmail and fraud

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 18 November 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2574
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. 1 Heidelberg

    A prominent transplant and cancer surgeon from the University of Essen in Germany has been charged with unlawful gain, bribery, blackmail, extortionate robbery, and fraud more than a year after he was suspended.

    The charges against Christoph Broelsch have been rejected by his lawyer, Rainer Hamm, who said in a press statement that they are entirely unfounded. Mr Hamm is currently trying to stop a court case from opening and has accused the prosecutor of biased investigations.

    In May 2007 Professor Broelsch was publicly accused by the relative of a patient with liver cancer of demanding payments for bringing …

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