Danish ‘penis-doctor’ plans Swedish clinic
Published: 26 Jun 2012 14:54 GMT+02:00
Updated: 26 Jun 2012 14:54 GMT+02:00
Danish plastic surgeon Jørn Ege Siana, or the “penis-doctor” as he is known in Denmark, has been given the go ahead to start practicing medicine in Sweden, despite several convictions and a slew of medical complaints in Denmark.
Siana is well known in Denmark for running a beauty clinic specializing in breast augmentation and penis enlargement, which gave him the nick-name "penis-doctor".
After the clinic went bankrupt in 2004 following some unhappy customers reporting their grievances to authorities, Siana was subsequently convicted of aggravated fraud and of weapons crimes a year later.
To escape the law, Siana fled to Greece, but returned in 2009 and was sentenced to two years in prison. While behind bars, he was also convicted of planning an art theft and lost his medical licence in Sweden and Denmark due to a forgery conviction.
However, at the end of May Siana got his Danish licence back and two weeks later Swedish authorities also gave him the green light to practice medicine in Sweden.
In his letter to the Medical Responsibility Board (Hälso- och sjukvårdens ansvarsnämnd - HSAN) Siana claimed to have a long list of would-be patients, waiting for him to start practicing again where he is currently living in Malmö, in the south of Sweden.
“It would be in the interest of my patients if I were able to resume my work as soon as possible,” Siana wrote.
According to the agency, there was no tangible evidence that showed that Siana should be kept from working as a plastic surgeon in Sweden.
“No circumstance has been presented that would point to Jørn Ege Siana having been guilty of malpractice or that illness or other similar circumstances that prevent him from practicing medicine satisfactorily,” the agency wrote in their decision.
The National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) disapproved of the decision, due to Siana “being convicted of offenses that may have an effect on the confidence placed in him”.
However, despite the hesitation from the agency, the decision was made to grant Siana his licence back.