Since the Star published an article Sunday about his suspension from practicing at the University of Arizona Medical Center, public support for Tucson cardiac surgeon Dr. Robert Poston has been coming in from across the country.

Poston, who has practiced in the East, Midwest and Southwest, has patients and former colleagues and classmates scattered throughout the U.S.

A patient advocate in Connecticut has started a petition to reinstate Poston's clinical privileges at the UA Medical Center, where he was suspended with pay in January following a peer review that he says was unfair.

The UA Medical Center is not commenting because Poston has filed a lawsuit and hospital  officials do not comment on pending litigation.

Here is the petition:

Among callers to the Star were several local patients who say Poston saved their lives with cardiac bypass surgery.

Not everyone was favorable. Others questioned the advantages of robotic surgery, which is Poston's specialty.