Chair named for ousted surgeon

After spending millions on behalf of a heart surgeon's legal dispute, the University of Minnesota has agreed to shell out another half million honoring his name. linkurl:John Najarian,;http://www.surg.umn.edu/surgery/faculty/najarian_john_s.html a heart surgeon formerly at the center of a major legal dispute between the University of Minnesota and the US government, will lend his name to a newly endowed chair at the university, the __Pioneer Press__ linkurl:reported;http://tinyurl.com/2xlx59 thi

By | November 29, 2007

After spending millions on behalf of a heart surgeon's legal dispute, the University of Minnesota has agreed to shell out another half million honoring his name. linkurl:John Najarian,;http://www.surg.umn.edu/surgery/faculty/najarian_john_s.html a heart surgeon formerly at the center of a major legal dispute between the University of Minnesota and the US government, will lend his name to a newly endowed chair at the university, the __Pioneer Press__ linkurl:reported;http://tinyurl.com/2xlx59 this week. Although Najarian cost the school $32 million to settle the lawsuit and was forced to leave his position as chair of surgery, the school will contribute $500,000 to the $2 million endowment. Najarian was a transplant surgeon who got in trouble in the early 1990s after developing and distributing an anti-rejection drug, anti-lymphocyte globulin, without license. The court linkurl:acquitted Najarian;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/13380 and he has remained at the university since, but the university president at the time of the lawsuit considered him guilty of misconduct and an independent faculty committee "found Najarian unfit to do research on human subjects," the __Press__ reported. A university administrator told the __Press__ that Najarian's "clinical contributions to humanity" were still worthy of celebration. A hat tip to the Chronicle of Higher Education's linkurl:news blog;http://tinyurl.com/247ab3 for spotting the article.

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