3 veteran trauma physicians dismissed No reason is given by center's director for the firings.

July 29, 1992|By Rafael Alvarez | Rafael Alvarez,Staff Writer

Also yesterday, the name of the director of the Maryland Shock Trauma Center was spelled incorrectly. His name is Dr. Kimball I. Maull.

The Sun regrets the errors.

Three veteran doctors at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center were fired without explanation yesterday by Dr. Kimball I. Maul, director of the medical complex.

Longtime surgeons Ameen Ramzy and C. Michael Dunham, and Dr. Howard Belzberg, a critical care specialist with 10 years at Shock Trauma, were told their contracts were being terminated this Friday.


Sources said Dr. Maul, who took over as head of the Maryland Institute of Emergency Medical Services five months ago, personally fired the physicians and gave them 72 hours to leave hospital property.

"No reason was given and [Dr. Maul] wasn't interested in hearing anything they had to say," a Shock Trauma source said last night. "They were told it wasn't anything clinical, moral or ethical . . ."

The three doctors have opposed efforts to integrate Shock Trauma into the University of Maryland Hospital, with which it is affiliated. They, along with other longtime physicians at Shock Trauma, had threatened to resign last year if the University of Maryland moved to weaken the center's autonomy.

A spokesman for Shock Trauma confirmed the firings last night, but gave no clear reason why the three veteran doctors were ordered to leave.

"I don't know the exact reason why these three were let go; it wasn't because of their ability," said spokesman John M. Murphy, adding the doctors "were impeding progress" in reviewing program changes.

Mr. Murphy denied the firings were the result of hospital politics.

"I was shocked and terribly disappointed by this summary dismissal without cause," said Dr. Belzberg, who added that each of the doctors is seeking legal counsel.

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