Dr. Mark E. Shelly, a Navy medical examiner, was fined last month for taking an unscheduled detour with the brain of a service member while en route from a North Carolina naval hospital to Portsmouth Naval Medical Center in Virginia.
The brain was to be brought directly to Portsmouth for a neuropathological examination as part of an ongoing autopsy. Records show the mishandling did not affect the outcome of examination.
Shelly was fired from his part-time post at the state medical examiner's office as a result of the incident, and subsequently fined $2,500. However, he remains on active duty at the medical center, though a spokeswoman said "appropriate disciplinary action" was being taken.
Shelly has since apologized to the family of the deceased service member for his "extremely poor judgment."