Patients advocate for UCI Health to reinstate neurosurgeon to neurological surgery department after retaliation suit; online petition has 1,500+ signatures

Written by Laura Dyrda | July 16, 2019 | Print  |

Patients are asking UCI Health to reinstate Mark Linskey, MD, a neurosurgeon who won a whistleblower retaliation lawsuit against the hospital this year, to the neurological surgery department, according to a report from the Daily Pilot.


Four things to know:

1. In 2016, Dr. Linskey filed a lawsuit against the hospital, claiming the neurological surgery department leaders retaliated against him after he filed a grievance three years earlier. He was moved from the neurological surgery department to the general surgery department, received a 55 percent pay reduction and was barred from working with residents.

2. A jury found in favor of Dr. Linskey in April and awarded him $2 million. Now, he hopes to have his status reinstated at the hospital's neurological surgery department, and patients have rallied behind him. An online petition supporting his reinstatement has 1,588 signatures.

3. On July 22, a judge will hear evidence and then make a decision about Dr. Linskey's reinstatement within 30 days, according to the report.

4. UCI Health told the Daily Pilot it does not comment on continuing litigation.

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