U. Iowa Medical Official Ordered to Pay for Error

Posted at: 11/15/2013 10:48 AM

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A University of Iowa medical official has been ordered to pay $183,000 for unfairly revoking the clinical privileges of a subordinate doctor in 2008.

A jury ruled in May that director of nuclear medicine Michael Graham violated Ravi Sood's constitutional right to due process when he caused hospital staff to rescind Sood's ability to provide patient care without notice or a hearing.

Jurors awarded $37,000 to Sood, who contended the move destroyed his career in nuclear medicine. Judge Carl Baker last week ordered Graham to pay an additional $146,000 in legal costs.

The Iowa Attorney General's Office is defending Graham, who testified it was a bureaucratic error. A spokesman says lawyers are considering an appeal.

Any judgment would be covered by taxpayers because Graham was acting within his employment.

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11/15/2013 9:43:05 AM (GMT -6:00)