Dr Karl Michael (aka "Eia") Asen

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C. Smith-Byrne

Dear General Medical Council,

Could you please provide essential information as to when the above doctor - who states that he is a child and adolescent AND adult psychiatrist who trained in Germany - entered the United Kingdom.
How is it possible that he is registered as "Karl Michael Asen" with the General Medical Council when he has not used his real name professionally for a number of years?
When did he change his name to [Extraneous material removed] "Eia", [Extraneous material removed]? Is the General Medical Council aware of this change and what are the regulations regarding the registration of doctors with the GMC and the use of [Extraneous material removed] names instead of their given birth names?
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Is the General Medical Council aware of the fact that he has published several books under a [this other] name?
What prompted him to move to England?
Thank you for your advice.

Yours faithfully,

C. Smith-Byrne

FOI, General Medical Council

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Mark Ellen \(0161 923 6347\), General Medical Council

Dear Mr/Ms Smith-Byrne
Ref: IAT/ME/F10/3049
I write in response to your e-mail of 5 June 2010 in which you raise a
number of queries in connection with the GMC registration of Dr Asen. 
Dr Asen's registered name continues to be that shown in the subject line
of this e-mail.
You ask when Dr Asen entered the United Kingdom and what prompted him to
move to England. You also ask if the GMC is aware that Dr Asen has
published several books.
In accordance with Section 1(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(FOIA) I can confirm that we do not hold information relating to any of
these queries. 
Regarding the registered name of a doctor: We publish guidance on using
the registered name. You can access this via our website at
It may help if I explain that our advice is that most doctors use their
registered name when practising. Some, however, use a varied, shortened or
familiar form of their name in day to day contact with patients or
colleagues. Such a practice is acceptable but when completing
prescriptions or signing statutory documents a doctor should always use
their registered name. Generally speaking a doctor's registered name will
be that which appears on their primary medical qualification certificate.
The GMC expects that all doctors will use their GMC reference number
widely to identify themselves to all those with whom they have
professional contact.
Yours sincerely
Mark Ellen
Information Access Team
Direct Line: 0161 923 6347
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C. Smith-Byrne

Dear Mark Ellen (0161 923 6347),

Thank you for this. I appreciate that you may not hold the relevant information, but thank you for your effort and professional response.

Yours sincerely,

C. Smith-Byrne

Richard Taylor left an annotation ()

The subject line of the 25 June 2010 email was:

"Freedom of Information Request - Dr Karl Michael Asen"


Richard - WhatDoTheyKnow.com volunteer