Maul to make announcement today on Shock Trauma, his lawyer says

March 01, 1993

Dr. Kimball I. Maull, the state's embattled trauma chief, plans today to make "an important announcement about [his] future at Shock Trauma," his lawyer said yesterday.

A press conference was scheduled for 10 a.m. today at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore.

William Marlowe Jr., the attorney for Dr. Maull, would not say whether his client would announce his resignation, which University of Maryland Medical System officials have sought for about a week.

When Dr. Maull refused to resign last week, many observers expected the university Board of Regents to fire him during the weekend. But a spokeswoman for the university regents said the group did not take any action.

Mr. Marlowe said that whatever his plans, Dr. Maull would not agree to demands made by medical system officials to keep silent about affairs at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center for three years in exchange for a favorable severance package.

"He will not compromise his ability to speak out on the future of Shock Trauma," Mr. Marlowe said.

Dr. Maull, he said, wants to preserve the right to defend a study that found serious deficiencies in the quality of care at the trauma center. He also plans to continue criticizing legislation that would give the private University of Maryland Medical Center full control over Shock Trauma.

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