Dr. Scott Lynch sues Penn State for $50,000, alleges interference with medical decisions for athletes

Orthopedic Sports Medicine

Scott Lynch, MD, an orthopedic surgeon and former director of athletic medicine for Penn State, sued the school and multiple officials, alleging they interfered with medical decisions and then retaliated against him after he reported it, according to Onward State.

Three things to know:

1. In the lawsuit, Dr. Lynch claims Penn State football head coach James Franklin interfered with the team physicians with regards to treatment and return-to-play decisions.

2. Dr. Lynch claims he was removed from his position as director of athletic medicine and a team orthopedic surgeon after reporting the interference. Interim Dean of Penn State College of Medicine Kevin Black, MD, allegedly stated Dr. Lynch was replaced because the school wanted to bring on an orthopedic surgeon who lived in State College, Pa., whereas Dr. Lynch lived in Hershey, Pa.

3. In his lawsuit, Dr. Lynch seeks $50,000 in damages, according to the report.

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