Brett Kelman reports:
A former Vanderbilt University Medical Center doctor who is accused of using his hospital privileges to snoop into the private medical records of his ex-wife has filed a lawsuit against the hospital for refusing to defend him in court.
Dr. Douglas Burka, who was a surgical resident at Vanderbilt from 2010 to 2012, recently faced lawsuits in Maryland and Maine that accused him of using his position as a doctor to access the confidential medical, gynecological and mental health records of his ex-wife so he could embarrass her during a messy divorce.
This alleged violation of privacy primarily occurred at hospitals in Maryland and Maine, the lawsuits state, but supposedly began while Burka worked at Vanderbilt. Before the divorce, Burka allegedly snooped in his wife’s records while she was in therapy at Vanderbilt in 2011.
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