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Doctor sues 4 colleagues at VCU over alleged retaliation

(AP) A Virginia Commonwealth University doctor has filed a $15 million defamation lawsuit against four colleagues and the VCU Health System’s physicians group.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the lawsuit alleges the doctor suffered retaliation when he raised concerns about insufficient heart care for chemotherapy patients.

Tiziano Scarabelli alleges his colleagues “embarked on a campaign to defame and discredit” him. The doctor alleges the campaign included attacks on his professional conduct and false sexual misconduct allegations.

Pamela DiSalvo, VCU’s vice president for university relations, said VCU vigorously denied the allegations “and will defend our actions accordingly.”

The lawsuit was filed July 19 in Richmond Circuit Court.

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