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By Richard Gazarik
Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012

An argument between two members of a prominent medical family at a New Year's Eve gathering in Unity Township led to one biting a chunk out of the other's nose, according to court records.

Michael A. Monsour of Pittsburgh, the former CEO of Monsour Medical Center in Jeannette, was charged by state police with simple assault and harassment after he bit the nose of his brother, Dr. William J. Monsour of Ligonier, in the home of their father, Dr. Howard Monsour, the medical center founder.

William Monsour, 60, obtained a protection from abuse order, or PFA, that requires Michael Monsour, 54, to stay away, according to court records.

The brothers were in the home with several other relatives when they got into an argument, according to the PFA.

Michael Monsour walked around the coffee table and stood in front of William Monsour "nose to nose" before, he alleges, his brother "virtually bit my nose, tearing into nose, destroying cartilage at bridge of nose and causing extensive trauma and blood loss," the complaint states.

William J. Monsour treated the wound and took antibiotics, he said in the complaint. He later went to Excela Health in Mt. Pleasant, where he was treated and later admitted. His wound will require plastic surgery, the complaint states.

The next day, Michael Monsour allegedly sent his brother an e-mail threatening his life, saying "he will beat me into blood pudding. I'm going to hurt you real (expletive) bad, so watch your back," according to the complaint.

William Monsour would not discuss the incident on Tuesday.

"I don't have any comment," he said. "There hasn't been a hearing yet."

Michael Monsour did not respond to a request for comment.

William Monsour is affiliated with Excela Health. He practices internal medicine and geriatrics at Pri-Med Care Inc. in Ligonier, according to Excela's website.

Michael Monsour became the Monsour Medical Center CEO in 2005 and was at the helm when the hospital closed in 2006 after failing a series of state inspections and receiving a restricted operating license.

The brothers will appear before Family Court Judge Chris Scherer on Jan. 18 for a hearing on the PFA.

Michael Monsour faces a preliminary hearing on the assault and harassment charges before District Judge Michael Mahady on Feb. 13.

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