Surgeon fined for ‘improper and unethical’ conduct

A Sydney colorectal surgeon has been reprimanded and fined for permitting an unregistered overseas-based doctor to perform surgery on an elderly patient.

Professor David Morris was found guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct by the Professional Standards Committee Inquiry for knowingly enabling Dr Paul Sugarbaker to perform peritonectomy surgery on an 81-year-old man at St George Hospital on 6 November 2014.

This is despite Professor Morris being told by the hospital that Dr Sugarbaker was only permitted to observe in theatre due to his lack of registration and adequate professional indemnity