Mark Schreiber, 61 (above), is described by the Miami Herald as “one of South Florida’s most notorious plastic surgeons” due to his being linked in the past to multiple botched procedures and even two patient deaths.
Now, this past Friday, Schreiber found himself back in trouble as he pleaded not guilty to allegations that he mangled a man’s penis during an illegal cosmetic surgery in Hialeah, Florida, warehouse. Prosecutor Warren Eth described the incident as the “butchery of a human being.”
Schreiber has pleaded not guilty to charges of practicing medicine without a license. The judge ordered him to be held on house arrest under a $250,000 bond.
In this most recent incident, a 55-year-old hair stylist reportedly paid Schreiber $1,000 cash to remove a penis “filler” that had been previously implanted illegally by Nery Carvajal Gonzalez, 48, who is presently a fugitive from the law. The filler was supposed to make the organ longer and thicker. Instead, it left the victim disfigured and unable to function sexually.
Reportedly, Schreiber sedated the patient with five unknown pills. Afterward, the victim awoke the next morning to see “blood-soaked bandages” and that his penis had been mutilated. According to court documents, “The victim’s penis was now incredibly small, yet very swollen, and the skin around the shaft had been removed and was raw. The victim stated that his penis had retracted so far that it protruded less than one inch from his body.”
Two days later, the victim got ahold of Schreiber who said the bloody shrinkage was normal and that “he should just put two sticks [on] either side of his penis and wrap it up to keep it straight.” After that, the victim could never track down Schreiber again.
In 1998, the Florida Health Department put Schreiber on probation for another botched penis-enlargement combined with a face-lift that left a patient dead. The same fate befell another patient having a similar procedure in 2002.
Earlier this year, a Connecticut woman won $7.7 million in damages from a 2006 Schreiber operation gone awry that left her with “ghastly scars.”
Schreiber finally lost his license in 2005 after being convicted of four felonies along with facing allegations of inappropriately touching female patients and “slew of drug possession charges.” Regardless, Schreiber reportedly never stopped performing operations.
“He may have been doing clandestine surgeries on other people who don’t know or who don’t care about his history,” said Sergeant Carl Zogby of the Hialeah Police Department. “He does this sort of gypsy thing, peddling his services to unscrupulous dealers.”
Circuit Judge Miguel de la O ordered bail and house arrest only because the law dictates that he had to do so. “If I could hold him no-bond, I would,” the judge said. If convicted for this latest transgression, Schreiber could face up to 15 years in prison.
Main photo: Mark Schreiber [Broward County Sheriff’s Office]