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Mayo doctor sends controversial email


ALBERT LEA, ROCHESTER (KTTC) -- A radiologist at Albert Lea Medical Center is in the crossfire, after sending a controversial email to a government official in Latvia.

Dr. Aivars Slucis reportedly sent the email back in 2009, but it only recently surfaced.

Mayo Clinic made an announcement on its facebook page Thursday afternoon, saying they have received many comments about the letter, which was written in Latvian.

While the NewsCenter does not have an independent translation, based on statements posted on Mayo's facebook wall by people from all over the world, Dr. Slucis reportedly wrote quote "as a physician, [he] cannot treat equally Russians and Latvians."

Dozens of what appears to be identical statements are posted on Mayo's facebook wall, criticizing Mayo for the doctor's comments.

In an emailed statement, Mayo says, "In the last 24 hours, we have received many comments regarding [the] email. We take this situation seriously and have talked with Dr. Slucis regarding the nature, tone and perception of his comments."

Mayo is still reviewing the situation.

It is unclear, whether officials have taken any disciplinary steps against the doctor at this time.



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