The eminent plastic surgeon who treated acid attack victim Katie Piper has been suspended for six months after he tried to hide his creepy past behaviour with a patient from his employers.
Dr Mohammad Jawad, who ran his own Harley Street clinic, was caught lying about his previous suspension when applying for two jobs. He has now been hauled back to a doctors’ tribunal and suspended again.
In 2015, he was suspended following allegations he drank vodka and wine with a patient, dimmed the lights, shut the blinds and asked her to dance to Julio Iglesias music before touching her breasts.
The 63-year-old surgeon came to prominence when he led ‘pioneering’ reconstruction surgery on Piper, who suffered horrific burns to her face and body after an acid attack in 2008.
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 Mohammad Jawad, pictured with acid attack victim Katie Piper
Dr Jawad featured in the Oscar-winning documentary Saving Face, pictured above
Dr Jawad has won several humanitarian awards following his trips to Pakistan to perform reconstructive surgeries on female acid attack victims, which even featured in an Oscar-winning documentary.
In July 2020, the Medical Practitioners’ Tribunal Service tribunal heard 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.
Piper 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 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.
He was suspended for six months.
Dr Jawad has been suspended for six months after he tried to hide his creepy past behaviour with a patient at his Nip n Tuck Surgery in Marylebone, London
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.’
Dr Jawad was suspended for a total of 13 months and later worked in Pakistan then Aberdeen, Scotland.
The surgeon used to run Nip n Tuck Surgery in Marylebone, London.