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UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL OFFICIALS BOOTED A PROMINENT DENVER PHYSICIAN AFTER HE WAS ACCUSED OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT. THEN THEY TRIED TO COVER IT UP.

In November last year, while Ginsburg's case was still in Denver District Court, hospital attorney Jaudon petitioned Judge Connie Peterson to limit access to the entire case file, arguing that the "sensitive nature" of the lawsuit meant it should be off-limits to members of the media and other prying eyes.

"The privacy interests of the plaintiff and the defendants...outweigh the public interest in this matter," Jaudon wrote. Dikeou joined Jaudon's motion. Peterson granted the request.

In January, Westword filed a motion in Denver District Court asking Peterson to unseal the file. Jaudon opposed the motion, arguing that Ginsburg's alleged victims needed to be "protected" from "the zealous press."

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At a March 22 hearing, Peterson reversed herself and ruled that the file should be open. "The public interest must prevail," she said.

Ginsburg's state court claim eventually was dismissed on procedural grounds, but he filed a similar suit in U.S. District Court late last month.

Attorney Dikeou says Ginsburg is still doing some lecturing at the medical school but otherwise spends most of his time at his $400,000 home in Greenwood Village.

In his letter to Westword last week, Ginsburg noted that no one involved in the controversy has ever challenged his abilities as a physician.

"When I became a doctor, I devoted my life to the care and treatment of people with heart disease," he wrote. "I have worked very hard to build a professional reputation that reflects my dedication to patient care and academic research...I continue to be an excellent practitioner. Even my harshest critics agree that the present dispute has not raised a single doubt or question about my competence as a physician."

By taking his case to court, Ginsburg has risked further humiliation. But the doctor has a good deal of incentive to fight the hospital: Though his medical license has not been revoked, he is not practicing medicine at any hospital while he remains a University of Colorado employee, says Dikeou. Mills (who denies she carried out a vendetta against Ginsburg) adds that Ginsburg's suspension will now be entered on a national database that hospitals use before extending privileges to any doctor. Inclusion on that list could conceivably make it difficult for him to find other work.

But the University Hospital employee familiar with the case remains convinced that Ginsburg's reasons for going to court aren't just economic. The doctor, the employee says, sincerely believes he is innocent.

"He doesn't think he's done anything wrong," says the employee. "And that if he has, nobody should mind because he's so wonderful, because he's so talented and so brilliant and has so much to offer. I just don't think he really sees it as anything bad. He just doesn't get it.

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