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Former patient files suit against UIHC psychiatrist

BY DI STAFF | JULY 27, 2011 7:20 AM

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A 29-year old female has filed a civil lawsuit in Johnson County against University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Associate Professor of psychiatry Sergio Paradiso, according to the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

The former patient, who was under care for treatment of an eating disorder and alcoholism from 2008 to 2010, alleges the UIHC psychiatrist started an inappropriate relationship with her.

According to the Gazette, the woman suffered psychological harm and relapse of alcohol abuse, reportedly due to Paradiso's relationship with her.

Contact allegedly began in early February 2010 and turned into a sexual relationship in late March. Paradiso reportedly sent an email ending the relationship June 13, wanting to remain friends. No communication occurred thereafter.

According to the Gazette, records show the woman is suing the doctor for negligence, breach of contract, sexual battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

She also included the state of Iowa and the UIHC on allegations of negligent hiring and supervision of Paradiso.

Previously medically diagnosed with anorexia, alcohol abuse, and depression, she seeks monetary judgment for necessary medical services in the past and future as needed, the Gazette reported.

— by Chastity Dillard


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