Doctor sues seriously abusive patient

A surgeon has been awarded nearly half a million dollars after being defamed by a disgruntled former patient in a social media campaign that described him as a “butcher”.

It is claimed to be the first successful defamation case against patients who defame doctors online and is one of the biggest ever payouts for defamation.

The long-running saga began when Dr Munjed Al Muderis performed a hip arthroscopy on Mr Gerardo Mazzella seven years ago.

Following the procedure, Mr Mazzella complained to the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission and instituted medical negligence proceedings against the surgeon, claiming his penis had been mutiliated during the operation.

This was despite a neurologist and urologist checking Mr Mazzella’s pudendal nerve and finding no damage.

After the complaints were dismissed, Mr Mazzella