Disgraced tracheal transplant surgeon is handed 16 month prison sentence in ItalyBMJ 2019; 367 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l6676 (Published 25 November 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6676
- Michael Day
- London, UK
Disgraced surgeon Paolo Macchiarini, who faked research relating to dangerous and largely discredited tracheal transplants, has been handed a 16 month prison sentence in Italy for forging documents and abuse of office.
Macchiarini made headlines around the world after claiming a major breakthrough for patients with failing windpipes, by “seeding” an artificial scaffold with a patient’s own stem cells, to generate a functioning trachea.
But excitement at the prospect of a genuine medical advance turned to scandal when it emerged that Macchiarini had falsified results and misled hospital authorities regarding the health of those receiving the experimental procedures. The revelation prompted his research centre, the Karolinska Institute, to eventually disown his …