Officials with Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh say psychologist Anthony Mannarino has done a great job heading the hospital's psychiatric unit since 1998. But the state Department of Health says that doesn't matter because Mannarino isn't a physician -- and state law says that only doctors can head a clinical department of a hospital. Mannarino holds a Ph.D.
The hospital is appealing the health department's decision, although the state has already rejected the hospital's request to let Mannarino serve as an exception to the rule.
Mannarino became interim head of the department in 1998 and was named its permanent chairman in 2000.