‘An ongoing, egregious misuse of power,’ former dental college faculty come forward about retaliation and racial bias from leadership

When Dr. Scott De Rossi filed his lawsuit against Augusta University’s (AU) dental college in 2016 he said he considered himself to be the seminal grieving party in what he and others called a trend of retaliatory behavior from Dean Carol Lefebvre and other dental college administrators.  Dr. De Rossi’s time at AU began inContinue reading “‘An ongoing, egregious misuse of power,’ former dental college faculty come forward about retaliation and racial bias from leadership”

Former interim chief compliance officer speaks about discriminatory behavior, malfeasance at AU

The lawsuit Dr. Sarah Kavianpour filed in the Northern District of Georgia contends that she received disparate treatment from Augusta University (AU) officials while working as a neurosurgery resident.  Per her complaint, Dr. Kavianpour was subjected to monthly drug tests while her male counterparts were not. Additionally, the complaint stated that male residents frequently got away withContinue reading “Former interim chief compliance officer speaks about discriminatory behavior, malfeasance at AU”

Open records requests reveal dental college received equipment donations from polarizing adjunct professor Kirk Kimmerling

In the aftermath of Dr. Kirk Kimmerling’s email to the students and faculty at Augusta University’s Dental College of Georgia calling the “White Coats 4 Black Lives” protest “disgraceful,” AU officials sent numerous emails to students, the media and each other to try and mitigate the damage. Emails obtained via Georgia Open Records Act (GORA) requestContinue reading “Open records requests reveal dental college received equipment donations from polarizing adjunct professor Kirk Kimmerling”

Researcher filed whistleblower complaint against AU in monkey’s death

Augusta University (AU) Researcher Dr. Jay Hedge named AU and the Board of Regents as defendants in a lawsuit for damages under Georgia’s Whistleblower Act, following the death of one of his monkeys and termination of his research grant. According to Dr. Hegde’s grievance files at Augusta University (AU) and the case filed in RichmondContinue reading “Researcher filed whistleblower complaint against AU in monkey’s death”

AU responds to suit for discrimination and defamation as case progresses to federal court

A sex discrimination, retaliation and defamation lawsuit filed by Dr. Lesley Williams in Richmond County Superior Court moved to federal court in the Southern District of Georgia on July 15. Dr. Williams filed a lawsuit against Augusta University in early June after being terminated from her residency. Dr. Williams’ termination came despite her passing a numberContinue reading “AU responds to suit for discrimination and defamation as case progresses to federal court”

Former AUMC Doctor Sues for Violation of Due Process Rights, Hospital Bylaws and Defamation

Augusta University Medical Center (AUMC) and Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Philip Coule were named as defendants in a violation of due process rights, hospital bylaws and defamation lawsuit filed in the Southern District of Georgia on June 17. The lawsuit alleges that AUMC and Dr. Coule violated AUMC medical staff bylaws and due processContinue reading “Former AUMC Doctor Sues for Violation of Due Process Rights, Hospital Bylaws and Defamation”

AU’s College of Dentistry condemns adjunct professor email calling student and resident-led protest, ‘disgraceful’

The Augusta University (AU) College of Dentistry issued a statement on June 19, condemning an email sent by Dr. Kirk Kimmerling, an adjunct professor at AU who intermittently does clinical teaching in the dental college. Dr. Kimmerling sent an email to the dean’s office and the entire student body at the school of dentistry in response to the student and resident-ledContinue reading “AU’s College of Dentistry condemns adjunct professor email calling student and resident-led protest, ‘disgraceful’”

Former AU Medical Resident Sues for Discrimination and Defamation

A woman who was assaulted in her condo across the street from the Augusta University (AU) Summerville campus two years ago is suing AU, its medical college and multiple university officials in their individual capacities for discrimination, retaliation and defamation. Dr. Lesley Williams named President Brooks A. Keel, Chief Medical Officer of the AU HealthContinue reading “Former AU Medical Resident Sues for Discrimination and Defamation”

Augustans have nonviolent protests in response to George Floyd murder

In response to the recent murder in Minneapolis of George Floyd, Augusta University students have been participating in protests in the Augusta area. “Not much has changed [in terms of racism in America],” Francesca Collette-Hicks said, “Racism never went away; [now] it’s just being recorded.” After the video of Floyd dying while in police custodyContinue reading “Augustans have nonviolent protests in response to George Floyd murder”

DOA: Trump’s Executive Order

Although dressed in legal jargon and political atmospherics, media law scholars agree that President Trump’s executive order announced on May 28 is already dead on arrival. The order began by delving into the importance of free speech and the ability to publish content without platform interference based on political bias, which, in the case ofContinue reading “DOA: Trump’s Executive Order”