“Divorcing” Your Business Partners

  • Marc J. Kahn
  • Neil Baum


Unfortunately, the marriage of a new physician with a medical practice or a hospital is often not a match made in heaven. What started out as a union between two entities does not work out resulting in the physician and practice parting ways. If this happens to you, do not despair; you are not alone. It is possible to extricate yourself from a situation where one or both parties decide that the fit is not quite right. This chapter will discuss the reasons doctors leave a practice and what action steps you must do in order to leave with minimal emotional trauma to you, your patients, and the practice you have decided to vacate.


Practice divorce Medical divorce Contracts Practice separation Termination With cause Without cause Employment agreements Malpractice Tail insurance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marc J. Kahn
    • 1
  • Neil Baum
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Medicine, Office of Admissions and Student AffairsTulane University School of MedicineNew OrleansUSA
  2. 2.Tulane University School of MedicineNew OrleansUSA

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