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For Michael Zegler, it was cancer.
In his late 20s, Zieglers doctorate in asheville surgery was abruptly canceled by the state.
In an email to the Associated Press, the Southern New Hampshire Medical Association (SNMHMA) said Ziegles license was terminated for failing to meet requirements and failed to properly train.
Ziegler’s doctorate was not immediately available to the AP.
The university that offered his medical degree, Vanderbilt University, confirmed to the New York Times Zieg was not the man who offered the degree.
The Southern New York Medical Association, which oversees SNMHMA, said in a statement to the news outlet that Zieg is a licensed anesthesiology specialist and that the organization had “no knowledge of the specifics of the termination.”
The state Department of Public Health did not immediately respond to The Associated Press’ request for comment.
A spokesperson for SNMHMAs executive director John Eichner did not respond to requests for comment by deadline.
In a phone interview, Zeglers attorney, Roberta Geller, said the reason Zieg had his license cancelled was because of a lack of proper training.
Geller said the state had been investigating Zieg for six years and had “found nothing.”
“The reason he was fired is because of his poor training, poor training with the staff, and he wasn’t meeting his medical licensure requirements,” she said.
In addition to Zieg’s termination, the SNMHAA has said it’s investigating the hospital where Zieg received his medical training.
The hospital was also investigating his qualifications, said Geller.
She added that she does not believe the hospital had grounds to fire Zieg.
Zegler had been on the faculty at Vanderbilt since 2014.
Vanderbilt officials told the AP he had been working in the medical faculty since 1998.
Zieg worked for the university for 10 years before that.
Zegs office phone number did not return calls seeking comment.
The SNMHAMA said in its statement to The AP that the university’s investigation is “the result of extensive review and oversight by the department and its board of directors.”
It also said it has hired a team to investigate Zieg “and to determine whether any violations of university policies and procedures occurred.”
In a statement, the University of Southern Mississippi, which is located in Jackson, Mississippi, said that it had suspended Zieg as a student, and has terminated his medical license.
The University of Kentucky also said that Zeg was no longer a student there.
“The University has suspended Zeg’s license pending the outcome of this investigation,” the statement said.
Zig’s attorney, Geller told the Associated News that he was concerned about the university being able to terminate Zieg because of the school’s “zero tolerance” policy for student misconduct.
“If he’s going to be an anesthesiologist at a university, he has to be willing to work with the medical staff,” he said.