Fired Doctor in Sheldon Silver Case Sues Columbia University

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A doctor who is alleged to have steered mesothelioma patients to ex-New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s law firm sued Columbia University for firing him.

Dr. Robert N. Taub, who was a member of Columbia’s medical faculty for more than three decades, says in his lawsuit in Manhattan that he was fired in January after being named in a press report as the unidentified physician referred to in Silver’s indictment. Taub isn’t accused of wrongdoing.

Silver, 71, stepped down from his post following his Jan. 22 arrest on charges including conspiracy, extortion and committing fraud while in office. He’s pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors said he collected more than $3 million in illegal fees from the referrals.

Karin Eskenazi-Tzamarot, a spokeswoman for Columbia University Medical Center, said in an e-mail that the hospital won’t comment on pending legal matters.

The case is Taub v. Columbia University in the City of New York, 155657/2015, New York State Supreme Court, New York County (Manhattan).

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