Ex-UI doctor loses appeal

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 27, 2014 5:00 AM

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A former University of Iowa doctor lost his appeal.

Ravi Sood was fired from the University of Iowa Nuclear Medicine Department in 2009 after the university declined to renew his contact. He then sued Director of Nuclear Medicine Michael Graham and the UI, UIHC, and the state Board of Regents for breach of contract in January 2010.

Sood was hired in July 2008 as a visiting associate with full clinical privileges. In October, he lost his clinical privileges and was demoted. The university then declined to renew his contract. He contended he was unable to find a job following his dismissal and was forced to sign a document reducing his time commitment.

The 6th District Court dismissed Sood’s case, which the Court of Appeals upheld.

A jury awarded Sood $37,000 in damages in May 2013 after finding Graham violated Sood’s right to due process. The judge awarded him $146,000 for legal fees last November.

— by Chris Higgins

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