Dr. Zelman refiles lawsuit against Cape Cod Healthcare and CEO Lauf


HYANNIS — Former Cape Cod Hospital cardiologist Richard Zelman has refiled his lawsuit against the hospital, its parent company Cape Cod Healthcare, and its CEO Michael Lauf in a different court.

Zelman’s lawsuit, originally filed on Dec. 6 in Barnstable Superior Court, alleges he was fired for blowing the whistle on hospital practices he saw as prioritizing profit over patient care. He filed a voluntary notice to dismiss without prejudice on Jan. 25, before refiling the suit in Suffolk Superior Court on Friday.

“As long as Cape Cod Hospital continues to place cardiac patients in harm’s way, I cannot and will not be silenced,” said Zelman in a statement to the Times on Friday.

Dr. Richard Zelman former medical director of Cape Cod Hospital's Heart and Vascular Institute, refiled his lawsuit against Cape Cod Healthcare and its CEO Michael Lauf on Friday. (Photo: Merrily Cassidy/Cape Cod Times, file)

On Tuesday, Lauf vehemently denied the allegations in an interview with the Times, saying he and the hospital look forward to their day in court. He said the lawyer representing Cape Cod Healthcare had expected Zelman to refile his lawsuit.

After Zelman filed the first complaint, his privileges to perform medical procedures Cape Cod Hospital as part of his private practice were suspended on Dec. 21. In a letter notifying him about the suspension, the Medical Executive Committee accused Zelman of engaging in “bullying behavior”, according to the refiled lawsuit, but did not cite examples.


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