Katie Piper’s plastic surgeon suspended for six months after lying about his past

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A plastic surgeon who Katie Piper credits with ‘saving her life’ has been suspended for six months after he tried to hide his creepy past behaviour with a patient. Dr Mohammad Jawad, who rose to fame for treating acid attack victim Piper, was caught lying about his previous suspension when applying for two jobs.

In 2015, the award-winning surgeon was suspended after he drank vodka and wine with a patient, grabbed her by the arms and asked her to dance as he played music by Julio Iglesias – causing her to flee his private practice. Now, after he failed to mention the 2015 suspension when applying for an NHS job and another healthcare job, he has been hauled back to a doctors’ tribunal and suspended again.

Dr Jawad, who ran his own Harley Street clinic and has worked extensively in Scotland, was the lead surgeon at London’s Westminster and Chelsea Hospital and treated model Piper after she suffered extensive acid burns in 2008. He rebuilt the TV presenter’s face using a series of ‘pioneering and ground-breaking operations’.

Piper, now 38, has praised her surgeon ever since, and just three weeks ago said he ‘saved my life’ and paid tribute to him by having his name embroidered on the outfit she wore to receive her OBE. Dr Jawad has won a number of humanitarian awards following his trips to Pakistan to perform reconstructive surgeries on female acid attack victims, which even featured in an Oscar-winning documentary.

His 2015 tribunal with the Medical Practitioners’ Tribunal Service [MPTS] heard he gave a Polish patient alcohol after she visited him for facial scarring. He was ‘sexually motivated, inappropriately grabbed her, asked her ‘do you see me as a man or a surgeon?’ – and even showed her a YouTube clip of him at the Pride of Britain awards with Piper.

The patient sent him an email saying: “I can’t believe you behaved so unprofessional… dimming the lights, playing the music, grabbing me… during consultation. I’m shocked as you were my hero… now I’m not sure what I should do with that but you definitely crossed the line between the patient and the doctor.”

He was suspended for a total of 13 months and later worked in Pakistan then Aberdeen, Scotland. His latest MPTS tribunal heard in July 2020 Dr Jawad applied for the role of locum consultant in plastic surgery at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, and another plastic surgeon role at London-based Omnes Healthcare.

But, when he was asked if he had any previous sanctions, he ‘dishonestly’ said ‘no’. Omnes were ‘disappointed’ he lied and Birmingham NHS Trust said it was a ‘big oversight’.

Dr Jawad claimed he thought he had been ‘fully exonerated’ as his 2015 suspension was lifted, but the MPTS panel dismissed his argument. He also said he had ‘achieved excellence in his field’ in mitigation.

MPTS Chair Laura Paul said: “The Tribunal was satisfied that Dr Jawad knew he was being dishonest in the way he answered the fitness to practise questions on the application forms. Dr Jawad knew he had been suspended, and knew that he had not been through an appeal process and been fully exonerated, and knew he was giving the wrong answer on the application forms.

“The Tribunal expected that Dr Jawad would complete requested information, including job application forms, accurately and honestly even if he found them to be challenging or embarrassing from a professional point of view. Dr Jawad should know that one of his biggest barriers to future employment is his GMC history, however he was required to complete forms accurately and honestly, providing fitness to practise history to allow prospective employers to make an informed judgement.”

Dr Jawad also ‘deliberately left out’ his reason for leaving the Golden Jubilee National Hospital in Glasgow, Scotland, which was because of his suspension. Dr Jawad was suspended for six months.

While based at his London private practice Nip N Tuck from 2009 to 2013, Dr Jawad also worked at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital in Glasgow. Dr Jawad worked as locum plastic surgeon at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in 2021 before leaving to work in Peterborough in October that year.

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