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Navy Doctor Disciplined for Taking Service Member’s Brain Home to Kids

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By HVnews
July 13, 2012 at 9:34 am



Is the Zombie Craze so great that brains are *this* hot a commodity?

Dr. Mark E. Shelly, a Navy medical examiner, had the fairly simple job of “transporting the brain of a service member from a naval hospital in Camp Lejeune, N.C., to Portsmouth Naval Medical Center in December,” according to The Virginian-Pilot.

Only before he successfully brought the service member’s brain to its rightful destination, he decided to bring it home to the wife and kids. And take it out of the jar. And let his kids play with it. And have his wife take pictures of his kids rubbing their greasy fingers all over it.

Shelly, the next day, brought it to the medical center to complete an autopsy. And even though his unusual pit had no adverse effect on the ability to make a diagnosis, his stunning lack of respect got him in serious trouble with the Virginia Board of Medicine:

The Virginia Board of Medicine last month issued a reprimand and fined Shelly, an osteopathic doctor, $2,500. The board also cited Shelly, who has the rank of commander, for failing to inform the Navy that he held a part-time job with the Tidewater District of the state medical examiner’s office.

Deborah Kallgren, a spokeswoman for Portsmouth Naval Medical Center, said in an email that Shelly is on active duty at the hospital in an administrative capacity, awaiting final disposition of his case.

“We cannot comment on personnel actions, but appropriate disciplinary action is being taken,” Kallgren wrote.

Navy records show that Shelly is 41 and was commissioned into the Navy in 1994.

According to Board of Medicine records, Shelly was terminated from the state medical examiner’s employment in January because of the incident. Dr. Leah Bush, chief medical examiner of Virginia, said in an email that she learned of the incident from Portsmouth police.

Shelly, in an April 3 letter to the Board of Medicine, acknowledged he used “extremely poor judgment.” He was smart enough not contest the judgment.

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