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News and briefs: Physicians claim false allegations against each other

Residency Program Insider, October 4, 2011

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A West Virginia surgeon is suing two physicians for writing two letters which he claims are full of false allegations regarding his medical abilities and treatment of patients. According to Dr. Ehab Akkary, the allegations caused him to suffer loss of income, loss of reputation, and embarrassment. Akkary also claims that the West Virginia Board of Medicine investigated the complaints from the letters and concluded they were unfounded and false.

The letters, written by Drs. Uma and Magesh Sundaram in 2009, were also sent to the Dominion Post newspaper, the Office of Quality Monitoring, and the ACGME. The Sundarams sent the letters anonymously, posing as an unidentified group of residents in the department of surgery and nurses in the surgical ICU at West Virginia University Hospital, according to The Record.

However, the Sudarams say that Akkary is the one who filed a false and defamatory complaint against them, and also made slanderous remarks to one of Magesh’s patients. They claim Akkary’s actions led to Magesh not being able to obtain a promotion and Uma to not take a position at WVU Hospital.



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