Fired Univ. of Iowa Surgeon Loses Medical Board Appeal

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By Aaron Hepker

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A doctor fired from the University of Iowa in 2005 and later disciplined by the Iowa Board of Medicine has lost his appeal of the disciplinary action.

But Dr. Adel Al-Jurf says he's not finished fighting to clear his name and reinstate his medical license.

The Iowa Court of Appeals says in a ruling last week that the Iowa Board of Medicine was justified in reprimanding Al-Jurf in 2011 and placing him on probation for three years.

Al-Jurf, a cancer surgeon, was fired by the university after colleagues complained of verbal abuse. He lost several appeals.

Al-Jurf, who is 70, let his Iowa medical license expire in 2007 and when he tried to reinstate it, the medical board disciplined him for unethical conduct based on the University of Iowa case.

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