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MSU: Suspended doctor cleared of wrongdoing, reinstated

Posted at 8:39 AM, Apr 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-05 11:20:14-04

A Michigan State University doctor who was suspended in February for allegedly failing to cooperate with ongoing investigations has been cleared of any wrongdoing and reinstated by MSU.

According to a letter from College of Osteopathic Medicine Interim Dean Andrea Amalfatino, a university review found no evidence Dr. Suresh Mukherji attempted to obstruct the Larry Nassar investigation, cover up wrongdoing, or violate university policy by failing to maintain documents or electronic information.

The letter was sent out March 22nd and Dr. Mukherji was reinstated the same day.

Dr. Mukherji is the chairman of Michigan State University's Department of Radiology.

Michigan State University Interim President John Engler announced Mukherji's suspension at the same time he announced he started the process of firing Nassar's former boss, William Strampel.

Strampel was arrested last month and now faces charges for the way he handled a 2014 Title IX investigation of Nassar and for allegedly inappropriately touching a student and storing nude photos of female students on his work computer.

However, in the letter sent to Dr. Mukherji, Amalfitano also wrote "there appears to be an environment of anxiety and distrust for some personnel in the department. Your statements made to reassure staff and colleagues were construed differently than your intent, which leads me to conclude that more pervasive communication and climate issues with the department may exist that are independent of any ongoing investigations."

The letter which you can read by clicking here, also says Dr. Mukherji's position as chair of the department will be reviewed and the Michigan State University's Academic Human Resources will assess ways the climate within the department can be improved.