Court rules New York hospital properly denied neurosurgeon privileges for poor interpersonal skills: 5 things to know

Written by Mackenzie Garrity | October 19, 2018 | Print  |

A panel of judges found New York City-based Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center properly denied neurosurgeon Syed Aftab Karim, MD, privileges because of poor interpersonal skills and difficulties working with subordinates, according to New York Law Journal.

Here are five things to know:

1. The case was first brought to Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Jennifer Schecter in 2016. Justice Schecter denied the hospital-related defendants' motion for summary judgement.

2. The hospital argued Dr. Karim's lack of interpersonal skills affected patient care, patient welfare and institutional objectives.

3. The panel of justices dismissed Dr. Karim's lawsuit, which sought injunction relief to grant him medical staff privileges at the hospital.

4. Writing in the panel opinion statement, the judges said the hospital's decision to deny the neurosurgeon privileges "was made in good faith and on reasonable grounds," according to the report.

5. The judges also wrote the evidence related "to the core competencies of patient care, interpersonal and communication skills and professionalism set forth in the hospital's bylaws."

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