8 Dec, 16 | by BMJ
A scandal in cardiothoracic research has led Martin Elliott, a cardiothoracic surgeon at Great Ormond Street, to conclude that current methods of publishing surgical innovations are not only inadequate but also shameful. In a Gresham lecture in London recently he presented proposals for improving the sharing of surgical innovations.
The scandal, which is now known across the globe, concerns Paolo Macchiarini, a brilliant and charismatic but ultimately flawed cardiothoracic surgeon. Macchiarini has replaced diseased tracheas in a series of patients with plastic tracheas that are supposedly covered in the patients’ stem cells. Most of the patients have died, and a Belgian cardiothoracic surgeon has said that he’d rather face a firing squad than undergo Macchiarini’s operation—because it would be a quicker and less painful form of execution. more…