Friday, August 14, 1992
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Malak seeks examiner job

By Jerry Dean
Democrat-Gazette Staff Writer

Dr. Fahmy Malak, Arkansas' controversial former state medical examiner, has sought a similar $160,000 a-year job as chief medical examiner in Guam, a U.S. Trust Territory island in the southern Marianas.

But Malak's chances of landing the new job may have paled last week because of apparent inconsistencies in a resume he presented to job interviewers on the 209 square-mile island.

Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson, Guam's attorney general who also heads the territory's Postmortem Examination Commission, which is seeking a new medical examiner said in an article published last week in the Pacific Daily News that Malak applied for the job last December and was interviewed in June.

Malak's resume also stated he had held an assistant professor's post at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences while serving 12 years as the state medical examiner. When questioned later about the resume item, Malak said he actually had been a lower-ranking assistant professor.

Further checks by Dr. Hee-Yong Park, Guam's retiring medical examiner, revealed Malak had been an unpaid clinical assistant professor at UAMS in Little Rock.

Upon Malak's resignation Sept. 10, 1991. from the Arkansas medical examiner's post, he began working for the state Health Department as a consultant and was paid $70,000 a year.

Shannon Murphy, a reporter at the News, said Thursday that the question of Malak's employment had been deferred at least until Monday so Malak could respond to the panel's concerns about his Arkansas tenure.

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