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 CNN.com 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 CNN.com. 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.

CNN.com 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 | Reply
    • 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 | Reply
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    • Jim in Texas

      can you repeat that in *UNDERSTANDABLE* English? yeesh

      February 11, 2012 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  4. Tina Rice

    ;)

    September 14, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Big Bob

    Hey you do know that her uterus was removed dont you? Branding a penis still attached and still usable to branding a uterus that isnt even in her anymore and that wont set off any pain receptors is not the same at all. Kristi i would hate to know what your childhood was like if you just want to go around branding a d*ck here and there.

    September 14, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. HandBanana

    Can I brand your name on mine?

    September 14, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. DJW

    you didn't even read the article did you. this is a NON STORY. these people are just trying to make a buck with their feigned insult. pathetic.

    September 14, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. HeyZeus

    Great a militant Fem type. Kristin from MN.. There is a large difference between branding a piece of MEDICAL WASTE, and branding an attached penile appendage. If the penis is detached and not going back into place, ok, no problem. But frankly, your rant tells us that you believe the removed uterine tissue has some significance, even though it isn't going to be replaced.. Sorry, but I find it hard to believe that you dispose of the monthly curse with some sort of reverence; I'll bet it gets pitched in the waste bin.

    September 14, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Jay

    Kristi MN

    Jesse...let's brand your name on your penis and see how you feel. YOU are disgusting-

    You do realize the uterus had been removed. She couldn't feel the cautery and no one was hurt by the act...

    September 14, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrndrobwllllanstysiliogogogoch

    In my case, having my name branded on my you know what might take a while.

    September 14, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Dave

    I agree with Jesse, what is the big deal. It was removed, it was medical waste, what harm was done? I could care less if after my penis was removed they wrote my name on it.

    September 14, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. sara

    But the uterus was removed.... I had to double-check that in the article because I'm not clear on why it's such a big deal. It was medical waste anyway.

    September 14, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Kristen

    It was biological waste at the point that it was labeled. The Doctor was right to label it if there was some question about finding hte correct one later (for follow up testing). Would everyone be happier if he had used a sharpie? Once parts are removed for disposal they are no longer the property of the former owner. Unless the couple are saying they would like her uterus back. Is that their point? Or are thye just thinking that if they make a big stink someone will pay them? She still won't be able to bear children...

    September 14, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Liberty Queen

    The uterus was probably still attached when the doctor cauterized his name on her uterus, hence the burns on her legs. And this procedure of 'ownership' is quite the same as cauterizing his name on a penis, after he cuts it off, of course. Keep checking boys, it's down there somehwere!.. or is it? Wait, get an electron microscope, then you'll be able to see it! or will you? LOL. The doctor should lose his license.

    September 14, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Offended

    @Liberty Queen – Please think before you post. I have micropenis, and I take great offense to your remarks...

    September 14, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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