CNN demands UOttawa, UofT, Sick Kids hand over files related to defamation lawsuit

January 3, 2018

CNN is pressing the University of Ottawa, the University of Toronto, and Sick Kids Hospital to hand over private files on a heart surgeon after the surgeon filed a defamation lawsuit against CNN. The Ottawa Citizen highlights the accolades of the career of heart surgeon Michael Black, which “effectively ended” after CNN published “Secret Deaths: CNN Finds High Surgical Death Rate for Children at a Florida Hospital.” CNN has since demanded details of “complaints, accolades, awards, performance or performance reviews,” and other records from U of T, where Black attended medical school; UOttawa, where he trained; and Sick Kids, where he completed a surgical fellowship. Ottawa Citizen