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Aug 25, 2014 6:32 PM by Lauren Reimer

UAMC Doc cleared of all charges by independent panel

TUCSON - Twenty days after his hearing, a three person independent panel has cleared Dr. Rainer Gruessner of all charges. The UAMC transplant surgeon asked to have his job back, after he was suspended with pay last December, accused of altering a hospital database.

The panel found that Gruessner acted reasonably, and came to the conclusion that his termination was not justified. They recommended University Physicians Healthcare should issue Dr. Gruessner a public apology, saying Dr. Gruessner deserves to have his name cleared.

The panel also recommended Gruessner be reinstated as a faculty member, but not with his previous privileges or titles. To help him re-enter into practice, he would be considered a 'Professor of Surgery.'

"I am absolutely delighted that I've finally been fully vindicated after fighting to be able to tell my story. If only the administration would have given me the opportunity a year ago, we could have avoided all of the costs and heartache over the last year," said Gruessner.

The UPH board will have 30 days to review the findings and make a decision on what to do next.

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