Christian Head, a board certified physician in the field of head and neck surgery, has filed a racial discrimination lawsuit in California Superior Court against UCLA Medical Center and the UC Board of Regents.

Head, who filed suit Tuesday, said the action follows 10 years of being routinely subjected to public humiliation within the UCLA medical community, and to continuing victimization by senior staff physicians.

Head pointed out an example of the treatment he has experienced: At a resident graduation event, a slide show featured his photo superimposed on a gorilla that was being sodomized the department head.

Head alleges that neither the university nor the Board of Regents have taken seriously his formal requests to stop the harassment and “outright retaliation” he has endured.