Dr Rainer Gruessner, a renowned transplant surgeon, has been cleared of all charges against him. An independent panel ruled on August 25, 2014 that Dr Rainer Gruessner did not improperly alter or direct others to alter records, allegations that led Gruessner's suspension in September 2013, and later to his termination.
The panel, consisting of three nationally acclaimed liver transplant surgeons, found that Dr Rainer Gruessner "acted reasonably" and said that University Physicians Healthcare UPH), the practice plan that employs College of Medicine faculty at the University of Arizona Medical Center "did not meet its burden of proving that" Gruessner's subsequent termination was justified.
The panel also said that Dr Rainer Gruessner deserves to have his name cleared, and that he is owed a public apology.
On September 5, 2014, UPH finally agreed that the termination was wrong and offered an apology.
"I am absolutely delighted that I've finally been fully vindicated after fighting to be able to tell my story," Gruessner said in a statement issued after the ruling. "If only the administration would have given me the opportunity a year ago, we could have avoided all of the costs and heartache over the last year."
Dr Rainer Gruessner has said all along that the allegations against him were a political ploy by then-Dean Steven Goldschmid, who wanted to force Gruessner's departure. The panel agreed.
At the time of his wrongful termination, Dr Rainer Gruessner was the Chairman of Surgery and Chief of Abdominal Transplantation at the University of Arizona. He is an accomplished surgeon who has been in surgical leadership positions for sixteen years.