Weight loss surgeon who made up data loses job at University Hospital Leipzig
According to a university release — which was apparently retracted for about an hour and which we’ve had trouble accessing at various points this morning — Shang’s employment contract with the Leipzig hospital is “terminated by mutual agreement with immediate effect.”
The release also says that in addition to the retracted study in Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, there will be five more retractions, all of papers Shang first-authored while at Mannheim. That number includes, by our reading of the release, the Obesity Surgery retraction whose confusing story we’ve been covering.
Shang has worked at the University Hospital of Leipzig since September 2010, after leaving the University of Heidelberg, where he was a member of the Mannheim medical faculty. Heidelberg has yet to announce the findings of an investigation into Shang’s work there. Leipzig has also examined three papers on which Shang is an author of co-author, and found them “to be correct,” and has an independent commission now looking at unpublished data from his ongoing research projects.
The notice also says that patients and colleagues, “without exception,” held Shang’s clinical work in high regard.
Hat tip: Ralf Neumann