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We just couldn’t  end the year without one more episode in the long-running soap opera involving former Iowa radiologist Malik Juweid, MD. In the latest installment, the Iowa Board of Medicine has filed charges against Dr. Juweid for not following its order to undergo a mental and physical evaluation.

The board had affirmed the order in August, according to a board Statement of Charges dated December 20, 2013:

The Board ordered Respondent to complete the comprehensive physical, neuropsychological, mental health, unprofessional conduct and/or disruptive behavior evaluation within ninety (90) days of the date of the August 13, 2013, Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, Decision and Order.

The radiologist and various state entities have been battling for years. The University of Iowa placed the former professor, a nuclear medicine specialist, on administrative leave in January 2011 and fired him in August 2012. We most recently reported on the case in January, when Dr. Juweid accused two of his former bosses of threatening him with death and got prosecutors in Jordan, his home country, to file charges.

Since then:

  • In February, the university hired a Jordanian law firm, at up to $550 an hour, to defend against the charges, according to the Times-Republican newspaper of Marshalltown, Iowa.
  • Also in February, the university Board of Regents approved the university president’s decision to fire Dr. Juweid.
  • In March, Dr. Juweid petitioned a judge to reinstate him to his position, with back pay and benefits, according to the Iowa City Press-Citizen.
  • On June 13, the  medical board held a hearing, at Dr. Juweid’s request, to consider his objection to undergoing the evaluation. The board had originally issued a confidential order on November 18, 2011, but stayed enforcement on September 11, 2012, when Dr. Juweid said he had moved out of the United States and did not intend to further practice medicine in Iowa.
  • On August 13, the board reaffirmed the evaluation order.
  • On September 1, Dr. Juweid’s Iowa medical license became inactive because he failed to renew it.
  • On December 20, the board determined that Dr. Juweid had failed to complete the evaluation within the prescribed time period. It “found probable cause” to file the charges and scheduled a hearing for March 20, 2014.

The board did not explain the “probable cause.” Stay tuned. We’re quite confident there will be more.

In the meantime, we wish all of you the happiest of new years. Thanks very much for reading.

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