TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Feb 15, 2019
A former Vanderbilt University Medical Center doctor who is accused of using his hospital privileges to snoop into the private medical records of his ex-wife has filed a lawsuit against the hospital for refusing to defend him in court, the Tennessean reports. Dr. Douglas Burka, who was a surgical resident at Vanderbilt from 2010 to 2012, recently faced lawsuits in Maryland and Maine that accused him of using his position as a doctor to access the confidential medical, gynecological and mental health records of his ex-wife. Burka filed his new lawsuit against Vanderbilt earlier this month, arguing the hospital had a duty to defend him against the lawsuits from his ex-wife. Generally, hospitals agree to defend their doctors against lawsuits, but can void those agreements if the doctor isn’t acting within the scope of their job, or if their conduct is considered fraudulent or criminal.