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Former neurosurgery resident sues the University of Missouri

July 6, 2018

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A former neurosurgery resident has filed a lawsuit alleging the University of Missouri School of Medicine’s chief of neurosurgery harassed him and fired him without good cause.

Rylan Brantl is seeking $50 million in his lawsuit filed June 28 against the university system’s governing board, the Columbia Missourian reported . Brantl alleges that N. Scott Litofsky created a hostile work environment from 2008 to 2013.

The lawsuit also alleges that Brantl was forced to repeat a year of his residency despite passing the required board exams. Brantl said he was then unfairly cut from the program and that the medical school didn’t follow proper grievance procedures when he filed a complaint in January 2013 after his dismissal.

Litofsky didn’t immediately return the newspaper’s request for comment. A University of Missouri Health Care spokesman said the university doesn’t comment on pending litigation.

The complaint accused Litofsky of verbal harassment, including repeatedly telling Brantl he was unqualified and humiliating him in the operating room.

Brantl also alleges the university didn’t adequately address concerns about the neurosurgery program. Brantl and other residents allege the program surpassed the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education’s limit to the number of clinical and educational hours residents can work.

Brantl is seeking $20 million for past and potential future loss of income due to his termination and $30 million for harm to his professional reputation. He currently works as a general practitioner at Heart of America Medical Center in North Dakota.

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Information from: Columbia Missourian, http://www.columbiamissourian.com

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