President of Vermont hospital resigns after plagiarism allegations

Seleem Choudhury, DNP, RN, resigned as president and COO of Porter Medical Center in Middlebury, Vt., after reports indicated that he plagiarized weekly emails to staff, according to the VTDigger.

In September, the Porter Medical Center board of directors said it was investigating Dr. Choudhury after finding parts of his Friday messages, meant to uplift and inspire staff, were copied from other publications without citation.

Dr. Choudhury's resignation is effective immediately. In a statement provided to the VTDigger from Porter Medical Center's parent company, the University of Vermont Health Network in Burlington, Dr. Choudhury said: "I realize my actions surrounding my weekly e-mails were wrong and I apologize. I know I am no longer the right person to lead Porter and have made the decision to resign."

Dr. Choudhury became president and COO in June. Former Porter Medical Center president Fred Kniffin, MD, will return to serve an interim role at the hospital in Dr. Choudhury's absence.

John Brumsted, MD, CEO of the UVM Health Network, told VTDigger Dr. Choudhury may end up at another hospital within the six-hospital network.

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