DMC leader resigns, 3 others asked to step down

Four Detroit Medical Center cardiologists resigned or were asked to step down from their leadership roles at the institution after an investigation into alleged conduct violations, according to the Detroit Free Press.

DMC CEO Anthony Tedeschi, MD, announced the staff changes in an Oct. 1 email to staff obtained by the Detroit Free Press.

The announcement said Mahir Elder, MD; Amir Kaki, MD; and Tamam Mohamad, MD, were asked to resign from their administrative leadership positions in the hospital's cardiology department after officials reviewed complaints from other physicians and DMC staff. The complaints reportedly indicated the three individuals violated the institution's conduct standards. The physicians will also stop treating patients in the hospital's emergency room.

Dr. Tedeschi also said in his announcement that Ted Schreiber, MD, resigned from the medical staff during DMC's internal investigation into the complaints, which allegedly suggested he may have violated conduct standards. He also resigned his clinical privileges.

Drs. Elder, Kaki and Mohamad will continue seeing patients at DMC, the report states.

"As you know, at DMC, we are committed to upholding the highest standards of care and operating with the utmost integrity. The culture on which we were founded is predicated upon this — and we take it very seriously," J. Scott Steiner wrote in an Oct. 1 email to staff obtained by Becker's Hospital Review. Mr. Steiner serves as the CEO of DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital, DMC Harper University Hospital and DMC Hutzel Women's Hospital, all in Detroit.

"Dr. Safwan Badr, chair of the department of medicine, will assume direct oversight of the section of cardiology, and DMC is moving quickly and thoughtfully to appoint new physician leadership. We expect no disruption in service to patients, and we will keep you updated as we move forward," he added.

Prior to the staff changes, Dr. Schreiber served as executive director of the cardiovascular service line at DMC; Dr. Mohamad served as chief of cardiology at DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital; Dr. Elder served as director of endovascular medicine at DMC Heart Hospital; and Dr. Kaki served as medical director cardiac cath laboratories at DMC Heart Hospital.

To access the full report, click here.

Editor's note: This article was updated at 12:05 p.m. Oct. 2 to include additional information from Detroit Medical Center.

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