A former division chair at UT Southwestern Medical Center is suing the academic medical center under the Texas whistleblower act, contending that it booted him from his endowed position after he complained that patients weren't getting proper care at its teaching hospital. In the suit, Dr. Larry Gentilello contends that trauma residents and Parkland Memorial Hospital have been performing surgery without proper supervision on the poor and uninsured patients typically seen at the county facility. He also contends that Parkland there are patient treatment and operating room protocol violations at the facility which violate CMS standards. The complaints hit close to home for UT Southwestern officials, as Parkland is the main training site for the UT Southwestern Medical School. Now, Dr. Gentilello is asking the court to reinstate him, as well as force the medical center to pay his legal bills. A judge has now issued a temporary restraining order barring the medical center from filling the now-vacant division chair position.
To learn more about the suit:
- read this Dallas Morning News article