Appeals court throws out order requiring U. Iowa medical official to pay $183,000 in lawsuit

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — A court is dismissing an order that required a University of Iowa medical official to pay $183,000 for unfairly revoking the clinical privileges of a subordinate.

The Iowa Court of Appeals dismissed a claim Wednesday against UI nuclear medicine director Michael Graham brought by former employee Ravi Sood.

A jury ruled in 2013 that Graham violated Ravi Sood's constitutional right to due process when he had university hospital staff rescind Sood's ability to provide patient care without notice or a hearing.

Jurors awarded $37,000 in damages to Sood, who said the move destroyed his career in nuclear medicine. A judge later ordered Graham to pay $145,000 in legal fees' and costs.

But the appeals court dismissed Sood's claim, saying he failed to challenge Graham's decision through available administrative channels.

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