Docter left us with deformed penises
Patients: Doctor Left Our Penises Deformed
West Side Doctor’s Medical License Revoked
POSTED: 10:15 am CDT September 25, 2006
UPDATED: 10:25 am CDT September 25, 2006
CHICAGO — State officials have recently moved to revoke the medical license of a Chicago doctor whose penile enlargement surgeries have dozens of men claiming the surgery left them disfigured.
Based on the repeated horror stories emerging from Dr. Sheldon Burman’s Male Sexual Dysfunction Clinic at 3401 N. Central Ave. — 45 malpractice claims have been filed against Burman — state officials recently moved to revoke his medical license.
It is one of the state’s first revocation requests against a doctor for a “pattern of practice” showing “incapacity or incompetence to practice,” according to revocation records, which add that Burman engaged in a practice to “deceive, defraud or harm the public.”
That action comes after millions of dollars in judgments against Burman and his clinic, and as the American Urological Association labeled the penis-enlargement procedure he promotes as unsafe.
“[Burman] has got a track record of a lot of horrendous acts,” said attorney Robert Strelecky, whose Clifford Law Offices recently won a $454,000 verdict against Burman on behalf of a 57-year-old Chicago man whose small intestine was punctured while fat was drained from his abdomen so it could be injected into his penis, enlarging it.
Burman said he stands by every one of the thousands of procedures he estimates he’s done since 1981.
Burman, 80, was once a well-respected heart surgeon until a 1981 car accident limited his mobility and he began operating on penises.
He said he is self-taught in the procedure and has no formal background in urology or plastic surgery.
And when leading medical groups and urologists bashed his practice as harmful, he and a handful of other doctors created their own group — the American Academy of Phalloplasty Surgeons — and deemed the procedures safe.
There are seven malpractice claims pending against Burman in Cook County Circuit Court, though he says most of them are frivolous.
If you stretch it, it will grow. If you clamp it, she will know.