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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Apr 28, 2015

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

C. Bennett Harrison, Jr., Jennifer M. Lankford, and Dan Warlick, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, David H. McCord, M. D.

Attorneys 2:

C. J. Gideon, Jr., Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, HCA Health Services of Tennessee, Inc., d/b/a Centennial Medical Center.

Judge(s): DINKINS

A hospital instituted a review of an orthopaedic surgeon’s removal of spinal hardware from patients within one year of implantation; the review resulted in a peer review proceeding under the hospital’s bylaws and the eventual revocation of the doctor’s surgical privileges. The doctor filed suit for breach of contract, defamation, common law and statutory disparagement, and intentional interference with business relationships, arising out of the revocation of his surgical privileges. Upon the hospital’s motion to dismiss all claims for failure to state a claim for relief, the court dismissed the breach of contract claims. The hospital subsequently moved to dismiss the remaining claims for lack of subject matter jurisdiction or, in the alternative for summary judgment; the court granted the motion to dismiss and denied summary judgment. Doctor appeals the dismissal of his claims; hospital appeals the denial of its motion for summary judgment. We affirm the dismissal of the breach of contract claims and reverse the dismissal of the tort claims for lack of subject matter jurisdiction; we hold that the hospital is entitled to summary judgment on the remaining claims and dismiss the case.