Departure of Transplant Surgeon Exposes Systemic Flaws

Organ transplants are big business, but hospitals must be careful to set up clear-cut agreements with surgeons and protect themselves from possible litigation. There are also lessons in this story for how health systems should treat their doctors, or at least manage perceptions of how physicians are valued.

It’s unclear how the departure of Dr. Joseph Tector will affect Indiana University’s transplant program, one of the 10 largest in the country, but it seems clear the public recriminations accompanying his departure could have been avoided with better two-way communication and clearly defined terms between hospital and physician, or hospital and the standalone organization, The Transplant Institute, set up 10 years ago by Tector.

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