“Hyped” papers by disgraced Karolinska surgeon should be retracted, says ethics boardBMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j5060 (Published 01 November 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5060
- Nigel Hawkes
Sweden’s top ethical review board has called for six papers published by the disgraced surgeon Paolo Macchiarini to be retracted.
They include a key 2011 paper published in the Lancet in which Macchiarini and colleagues claimed success in transplanting an artificial trachea seeded with the patient’s own cells into a 36 year old man.1 The operation took place at the Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm.
Since doubts first emerged about Macchiarini’s work, a series of reviews has been carried out.23 At first the Karolinska Institute, which employed him, declined to accept that there was evidence of misconduct but was …