Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Suit Alleged Discrimination by Foreign-Born Doctors

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Suit Alleged Discrimination by Foreign-Born Doctors

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WASHINGTON - The reinstatement of hospital privileges to Barbara D. Wesley, M.D. has resulted in the resignation of the Newton G. Osborne, M.D.. as chairman of Howard University Hospital's OB-GYN department and has drawn scrutiny from medical governing boards.

According to a recent Washington Post article, Wesley lost her hospital privileges after Osbourne wrote two letters in October 1996 that alleged that her treatment of some patients demonstrated "catastrophic incompetence," including cases in which mothers or babies died during delivery or soon thereafter.

However, in a lawsuit challenging the fifteen-month suspension, Wesley argued that foreign-born doctors at Howard discriminated against her because she is an American-born Black woman whose accomplishments are a source of jealousy. Her attorney. Shelley D. Hayes, said that ten of the top fourteen management positions at the hospital were held by doctors born outside the United States.

Hon-ard officials settled the lawsuit in February. ending the fifteen-month suspension. The settlement paid $40,000 of her legal fees, and reinstated Wesley as director of maternal-fetal medicine. …

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