Black neurosurgeon sues Wellstar Health System for racial discrimination

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A metro Atlanta neurosurgeon is suing the Wellstar Health System in federal court for racial discrimination, claiming doctors undermined him because of his race.

According to a WSB-TV report, Dr. Dare Adewumi alleges less than a year after beginning to work at Wellstar Cobb Hospitaldoctors and initiates began to operate against him.

“There I was, a young black man, a young black neurosurgeon who was doing well, my operations were going well, my career was blossoming, my reputation was blossoming, and all of a sudden I got all these letters attacking everything from my character to my surgeries,” Adewumi said.

“The way I was treated was very different from the way my white colleagues were treated.”

Adewumi’s lawyer, CK Hoffler, added that the situation is bigger than Adewumi, who is suing the Wellstar Medical Group and Wellstar Health Systems Inc. Hoeffler says the situation is worsening in the United States for black doctors who are victims of anonymous and subjective internal procedures.

“This is happening at a time when we need doctors; we need black doctors,” Hoffler told the WSB. “We saw a pattern.”

According to Adewumi, things went well for the first 10 months of her job. However, he soon began to receive numerous letters of inquiry, which are often the result of an anonymous peer review process. As a result, Adewumi was placed on a 12-month performance plan and said doctors had started treating him like a trainee.

After the end of the 12 month performance plan, Adewumi says he was fired by Wellstar and said he did nothing wrong and was fired because good relations were not encouraged . The situation also prevented him from obtaining two other positions after being fired by Wellstar.

The situation has become so commonplace that medical organizations and Rainbow Coalition PUSHdirected by Reverend Jesse Jackson, are involved.

Systemic racism for physicians and patients in the American medical system is no secret, but the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed deep racial issues in health care. Black Americans were more infected and dying at a higher rate than white Americans, but due to past atrocities, blacks were more hesitant listen to doctors and get vaccinated.

Several documents of the case were sealed and hidden from the public. Additionally, Wellstar has requested a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. William Hilla lawyer for Wellstar, kept things close to the vest in a statement to WSB.

“Wellstar does not discriminate. Dr. Adewumi has not been subject to discrimination or unfair treatment. Patient care and safety are Wellstar’s top priorities,” Hill said.

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