Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Ex-USF Physicians Chief Sues for $600K

USF Health
The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

The former head of the University of South Florida’s Physicians Group is suing the university for $600,000 in severance pay after resigning from his job in December, the Tampa Tribune reports.

Dr. Jeffrey Lowenkron said his contract was extended in August 2013 with terms saying he was owed a year’s salary in severance pay if there were any changes in his job description or reporting relationships, according to the Tribune.

In the complaint filed in Hillsborough County Circuit Court, Lowenkron claims he was downgraded one organizing level and those reporting to him were told to report to someone else, the Tribune reports.

Lowenkron is now chief medical officer of Villages Health. That program had previously been affiliated with USF Health.

Originally founded in December 2006 as an independent grassroots publication dedicated to coverage of health issues in Florida, Health News Florida was acquired by WUSF Public Media in September 2012.