UAMS Sued Again by Former Resident Nasrin Fatemi

A former University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences resident is making a second run at suing the Little Rock medical school.

Nasrin Fatemi’s first lawsuit ended last summer with a ruling in favor of UAMS. Fatemi, who is currently living in California, has appealed that order to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

In the meantime, Fatemi has filed another lawsuit alleging that UAMS retaliated when she complained about alleged discrimination and discriminatory practices. If you recall, Fatemi was a resident in the neurosurgery department from January to June 2010, when she was terminated from the program.

She claimed discrimination because she was the only woman in the school’s neurosurgery residency program and said she wasn’t given the same opportunities to learn and perform surgeries as the male residents.

She sued UAMS in 2011 in U.S. District Court in Little Rock.

In 2012, during discovery for that case, UAMS issued a press release saying that it had been discovered that Fatemi “kept some patient lists and notes regarding patients in violation of UAMS policy after leaving UAMS.”

As Fatemi’s lawsuit tells it, UAMS issued a news release saying that “Dr. Fatemi had violated HIPPA and sent letters to 1,500 UAMS patients telling them of the alleged violation.”

And that announcement, she claims, has kept her from being accepted into another residency program or practicing medicine. She is suing UAMS for retaliation and depriving her of her constitutional rights.

A spokeswoman said UAMS hasn’t been served with the most recent lawsuit, but it doesn’t comment on pending litigation anyway.

Fatemi’s attorney, Denise Reid Hoggard of Little Rock, said she’s not authorized to comment on the case.

Earlier Case

Fatemi’s first lawsuit against UAMS didn’t end well for her.

U.S. District Judge D. Price Marshall Jr. ruled in favor of UAMS before the case made it to a jury.

In his order dated June 20, Marshall ruled that Fatemi didn’t provide any direct evidence that UAMS discriminated against her because she was a woman.

“This record overflows with faculty members’ documented concerns that Dr. Fatemi could not be trusted and blamed others for her mistakes at every turn,” Marshall said in the order.