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Appeals court rules against ex-UIHC surgeon

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 28, 2011 7:20 AM

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An Iowa Appeals Court agreed with a Johnson County judge in ruling against a former University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics surgeon who had sued two doctors following his termination, according to court documents.

Adel Al-Jurf, a former Iowa City surgeon, had appealed the District Court ruling in favor of Carol Scott-Conner and Susan Johnson, according to court documents.

Al-Jurf filed the petition in 2007 after being fired in 2005. He alleged Scott-Conner and Johnson documented incidents that were normally overlooked and encouraged others to file complaints against him.

He claimed evidence was admitted at trial that shouldn't have been and that there were violations of his due process, according to court documents.

An appeals court found no evidence to support the claims, according to court documents.

In February, Al-Jurf sought a judicial review against the Iowa Board of Medicine, claiming "the press release prejudiced his substantial rights and was an abuse of discretion."

In May 2009, the board's Statement of Charges, stated in a press release on Jan. 26, contained two counts against Al-Jurf, including engaging "in unprofessional conduct in the practice of medicine" and for engaging in "disruptive behavior."

— by Allie Wright


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