The hospital chief of staff at American Samoa's LBJ hospital, Dr. Annie Fuavai, says she has been removed from her post.
She says the action was taken by the hospital chief executive officer, Patricia Tindall, for allegedly making slanderous remarks in the media about the former board chairman, Charles Warren.
Annie Fuavai, who remains a physician at the hospital, has
been a strong campaigner over the issue of doctors having to take the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam.
It was announced last year, that all hospital physicians who graduated from a foreign medical school must pass the US exam this year.
Ms Fuavai, who has been with LBJ for 15 years, says she is surprised that the CEO has taken this action when the chief of staff post is not appointed by the board but elected by LBJ physicians.
The hospital management has no immediate comments.