Birmingham cardiologist surrenders medical license

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A cardiologist who held joint positions at the Birmingham VA Medical Center and UAB has surrendered his state medical license during an investigation by the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners.

A spokesperson for the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners said Dr. Raed Agel surrendered his medical license voluntarily before the agency finished its investigation.

The spokesperson said the investigation wouldn't be made public.

He was one of the Birmingham VA Medical Center's most prolific researchers.

But he had problems in 2002 with regulations meant to protect participants in human trials.

VA spokesman Jeff Hester said Friday that Agel no longer worked at the center. He also was no longer listed in the University of Alabama at Birmingham's directory.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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