updated 12/21/2007 7:27:18 PM ET 2007-12-22T00:27:18

A surgeon who took photos of a patient's tattooed genitals and showed them to colleagues at a Phoenix hospital is out of a job.

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In a statement posted Friday on the Mayo Clinic Hospital Web site, CEO Denis Cortese states Dr. Adam Hansen "is no longer practicing medicine at Mayo Clinic."

The hospital held a disciplinary hearing for Hansen earlier this week and said he could be fired. Officials declined to specify if he was fired or stepped down.

Hansen, chief resident of general surgery, admitted taking a photo with his cell phone Dec. 11 of a tattoo on strip club owner Sean Dubowik's penis which reads "Hot Rod."

Dubowik, who had undergone a gallbladder operation, learned of the photo Monday.

Hospital officials are also trying to identify the person who initially reported the incident and Dubowik's name to the media.

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