September 14th, 2010
01:41 PM ET

Doctor sued for 'branding' patient's uterus

Dr. Red Alinsod is being sued for engraving his patient's name on her uterus.

A California gynecologist is being sued for branding a patient's name on her uterus using an "electrocautery device."

Dr. Red Alinsod removed Ingrid Paulicivic's uterus during an operation at his Orange County office in 2006, according to the complaint posted on The Smoking Gun's website. The Laguna Beach doctor carved "Ingrid" on the organ, according to the site, because he "did not want to get it confused with others."

Alinsod told the site that labeling of body parts in that manner is not typical. But, he said, he "felt comfortable putting her name on the uterus" since the 47-year-old hairdresser was a "good friend."

Paulicivic's attorney, Devan Mullins, told that his client did not know her physician before consulting him for the operation. Paulicivic and her husband learned of the branding during a follow-up visit, the lawyer said.

During that visit, Paulicivic complained to Alinsod about burns to her leg that she suffered during the operation, Mullins told The doctor was looking at images that were taken during the operation, and the couple asked for copies.

"Alinsod hesitated to give them the photos," the attorney said, sparking the couple's suspicion that something was wrong. The doctor told the couple that he didn't know how to copy the images, so the husband, who is a photographer, showed Alinsod how to move the images to a memory card, and the couple took them, Mullins said.

Later in the husband's office, the couple looked at the photos and were shocked to see "Ingrid" spelled out in inch-high letters on her uterus.

"They reacted like anyone would react - 'Oh my God, I cannot believe this happened,' " the lawyer said.

The couple hired Mullins, who tried for 90 days to notify Alinsod of an impending complaint, but the doctor did not react. "That's what's been odd - that we've gotten no response from him whatsoever," Mullins said. spoke with Alinsod's office manager Tuesday, who said that the physician was seeing patients and that he would not comment on the litigation.

According to Alinsod's website, he formerly headed gynecologic services at George Air Force Base in California and Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. He was affectionately called a "Combat Gynecologist" by his colleagues, it says.

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  1. Jen

    The article said that the uterus was removed, it didn't say that it wasn't put back. To have a c-section they actually have to remove the uterus from the body and clean it off. Perhaps the same is true for other procedures.

    October 4, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      The organ was in the woman while he was lasering her uterus which is quite perverted. He did it as a joke and perhaps this caused him to be "aroused." However, it is considered a completely unacceptable medical practice, and dangerous.

      Some of the staff, and most of them are women, probably consider it an embarrassment to work for him and may intend to leave when the economy gets better. They may think it hurts their careers to associate with his name, considering his low status behavior and perverted judgement .Fortunately, however, Alinsod's gross medical unprofessional behavior to engage in this activity is most likely watched and monitored by some staff. For example, when Alinsod is unaware, they may be double checking patient X-rays to see if there are engravings on unsuspecting patient uterus.

      We encourage his staff to protect patients from Alinsod's strong private desires and personal urges to clandestinely engrave uteruses. It may be best if patients go see another doctors who doesn't have these perverted personal urges.

      February 11, 2012 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. winneratlife

    I just do not understand all the hoopla over this. Once an organ has been removed, the doctor can do whatever he wants with it as far as I'm concerned. It's not like I want it back!

    October 11, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
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    • Jim in Texas

      can you repeat that in *UNDERSTANDABLE* English? yeesh

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