Lawsuit Hits Nerve for Former Friends Fighting Over Medical Fees Earned

by Mark Friedman  on Monday, Sep. 1, 2014 12:00 am  

Erdem’s main job, though, was at UAMS, where he directed the Division of Interventional Neuroradiology until last week. He also is well known in his field for treating vascular malformations of the head and neck, according to UAMS. His salary at UAMS was $363,200 for working 80 percent of full time.

He is scheduled to start working for Baptist Health in October, UAMS confirmed.

In addition to his UAMS pay, Erdem was being paid about $200,000 a year for the work he did for Schlesinger — work that Schlesinger described in a court filing as “excellent physician services to patients.”


In early 2013, Schlesinger and Erdem began discussions about forming a partnership. That’s when the trouble began.

Legacy’s former CEO, Ryan Solomon, told Erdem that his collections for 2012 were about $350,000, the lawsuit said. Solomon had been an attorney with the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock, but left the firm in 2012 to join Schlesinger’s company. (Solomon stayed at Legacy until March 2013, according to his profile on LinkedIn. Carl Vogelpohl became Legacy’s CEO in July.)

The $350,000 figure took Erdem by surprise. He had been paid approximately only $230,000 for 2012, from which Erdem concluded that he had been “cheated on the amount of his compensation,” the lawsuit said.

He subsequently learned that collections for his part-time work actually exceeded $600,000 in 2012, the lawsuit claims.

Erdem then turned to his friend and complained about being shortchanged and, he alleges, Schlesinger promised to correct the situation.

“For six months the Defendants strung Dr. Erdem along pretending to be working on a solution that would compensate Erdem for what he was shorted,” the lawsuit said.

In an email to Erdem that was attached as an exhibit to the lawsuit, Schlesinger said he would make sure that Erdem received approximately 75 percent of his physician collections.

“If any of our assumptions were inaccurate i [sic] fully apologize .. and am sorry,” Schlesinger wrote in the email. “And of course i [sic] will immediately have this corrected retroactively to day one.”



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