Vanderbilt MD charged with stalking & unlawful photography — Dr. Karim Sarhane, Peeping Tom

Vanderbilt MD charged with stalking & unlawful photography — Dr. Karim Sarhane, Peeping Tom

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36-year-old Plastic Surgeon Karim Sarhane, who recently came to Vanderbilt University Medical Center from the University of Toledo after studying at Johns Hopkins University was jailed early Friday morning after being detained by security outside of the Eleven North luxury apartments in downtown Nashville. After multiple reports of a man filming women through their windows on at least three occasions in the past week, Sarhane was caught in the act and on video today. Security footage shows him outside the windows of women for extended periods of time while using his cell phone to record or photograph them.

Karim Sarhane was booked into the Metro Nashville Jail and charged with two counts of stalking and one count of unlawful photography. His bond was set at $8,000, on which he remained jailed at time of publication.

Karim Sarhane (MNPD)
Karim Sarhane (MNPD)

Vanderbilt University Medical Center did not respond to a request for comment prior to publication.

From his biography:

Dr. Sarhane is an MD MSc graduate from the American University of Beirut. Following graduation, he completed a 1-year internship in the Department of Surgery at AUB. He then joined the Reconstructive Transplantation Program of the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Johns Hopkins University for a 2-year research fellowship. He then completed a residency in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toledo (2021). In July 2021, he started his plastic surgery training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery (2021).

During his research time at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Sarhane was involved in developing small and large animal models of Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation. He was also instrumental in building The Peripheral Nerve Research Program of the department, which has been very productive since then. In addition, he completed an intensive training degree in the design and conduct of Clinical Trials at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Dr. Sarhane is published in top-ranked bioengineering, neuroscience, and surgery journals. He holds a patent for a novel Nanofiber Nerve Wrap that he developed with his colleagues at the Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology and the Johns Hopkins Department of Neuroscience (US Patent # 10500305, December 2019). He is the recipient of many research grants and research awards, including the Best Basic Science Paper at the Johns Hopkins Residents Research Symposium, the Basic Science Research Grant Prize from the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand, the Research Pilot Grant Prize from the Plastic Surgery Foundation, and a Scholarship Award from the American College of Surgeons. He has authored to date 44 peer-reviewed articles, 11 book chapters, 43 peer-reviewed abstracts, and has 28 national presentations. He is an elected member of the Plastic Surgery Research Council, the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, the American Society for Reconstructive Transplantation, and the American Society for Peripheral Nerves.

His areas of expertise include Peripheral Nerve Regeneration, Reconstructive Transplantation, and Clinical Trials.

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