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Surgeon is warned for undertaking “adventurous” procedure without consent

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c5658 (Published 11 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5658
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A cardiac surgeon with an international reputation has been given a formal warning by the General Medical Council for undertaking an “adventurous” procedure for which he was not adequately trained and for which he did not obtain informed consent.

Gilles Dreyfus, who has operated on the actor Gérard Depardieu and King Constantine of Greece, was before the GMC over an endoscopically assisted mitral valve repair he performed on a 33 year old man at Harefield Hospital in Uxbridge, London, in 2007.

Professor Dreyfus, who qualified in France, saw the patient at an outpatient clinic a few weeks …

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