A federal jury awarded $250,000 to an orthopedic surgeon who claimed Wyoming Valley Health Care System in Wilkes-Barre discriminated against him because he suffered a psychiatric episode while performing a total knee replacement.
The doctor, who has bipolar disorder, relinquished his privileges and got help after the episode. The hospital reinstated him under the condition that he be supervised by a fellow orthopedic surgeon for six months. The doctor sued. He argued that the supervision requirement was unreasonable and effectively “banished” him from practicing in the community.
Wyoming Valley Health Care expressed shock at the jury’s $250,000 verdict, contending the supervision requirement was “appropriate and necessary to protect our patients.” The doctor is now practicing in Minnesota.