OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma City surgeon who was the
subject of international controversy after a Russian teenager died
following risky brain surgery has surrendered his medical license.
The Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision on
Thursday accepted Dr. Paul Francel's voluntary license surrender.
Francel's attorney said Francel is mentally and physically unable
to practice medicine and wants to voluntarily give up his license.
According to a complaint, Francel was sued for medical
negligence more than 30 times from June 2000 through May 2009.
Francel operated on David Kurbanov at St. Anthony Hospital in
Oklahoma City in 2006. The boy fell into a coma weeks later and
died in June 2007.
Francel has said he and the surgical team did everything they
could to save him.