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Chief of neurosurgery to quit Brigham’s post

Was once sued for discrimination

By Liz Kowalczyk
Globe Staff / December 12, 2009

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A high-ranking Brigham and Women’s Hospital surgeon who was sued for sex discrimination two years ago will resign from his position Dec. 31. Dr. Arthur Day will step down as chairman of the neurosurgery department, the hospital’s president, Dr. Gary Gottlieb, told staff in an e-mail yesterday.

In a note to his department, Day implied that he would no longer remain at the hospital in any capacity. He wrote, “In each of our lives, we reach a crossroad - a time for transition - to pursue other opportunities. After a period of thoughtful reflection with my family, I have reached that moment.’’

The Brigham would not comment further.

Gottlieb said Day “is a gifted surgeon and an inspiring mentor to scores of young people; we will miss those talents.’’

Dr. John Popp will take over as chairman of neurosurgery at the hospital.

In December 2007, Dr. Sagun Tuli, a spine neurosurgeon at the hospital, filed a complaint with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. She also sued Day, who was her boss, and the hospital in federal court, alleging that she had been discriminated against because of her gender, color, and national origin. A jury awarded her $1.6 million this year, finding that she had been subject to a hostile work environment and that, when she complained, the hospital retaliated against her. Appeals by the Brigham and by Day are pending.