UC Davis Chancellor Orders Review Of University Doctors' Actions

Thursday, July 26, 2012

UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi has ordered a top campus official to conduct a "comprehensive review" of accusations that two university neurosurgeons conducted unauthorized research on dying brain cancer patients, as reported in Sunday's Bee.

Ralph J. Hexter, the provost and executive vice chancellor, will lead another investigation into the actions of Dr. J. Paul Muizelaar, the longtime chairman of the department of neurological surgery, and his colleague, Dr. Rudolph J. Schrot, according to a university spokesman.

The Bee reported Sunday that both doctors were banned last fall from performing any medical research on humans. A six-month internal investigation by a campus-wide oversight board determined that the surgeons had performed experimental procedures on terminally ill brain cancer patients without university permission.

The doctors did get the consent of the patients, documents show.

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