The board of directors of the Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, N.Y., voted unanimously Thursday to end the tenure of Roger Kaiser, M.D., as the hospital's chief executive officer.
Board member Joseph Zizzi Sr., M.D., was installed as acting chief executive until a permanent replacement can be found.
Zizzi, the director of clinical pharmacology at the medical center, previously served as acting director in 1980 and from 1984 to 1986.
The move to terminate Kaiser's contract came after board members learned he might have had a role in getting the medical center's chief operating officer a job with another healthcare company.
Board Chairman Jody Lomeo declined to make any other comments on Kaiser's leadership or the board's motivation for seeking a new CEO.
Anthony Colucci III, the board's lawyer, refused to comment on the reasons for the action except to say the move "was mutually agreed upon."
Kaiser could not be reached for comment Thursday night.