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Des Moines doctor sanctioned for sex with nurse, marijuana use

By: - August 3, 2021 4:07 pm

The secrecy surrounding a state licensing board’s investigation of a Waterloo surgeon twice accused of incompetence is now the subject of litigation headed for the Iowa Supreme Court. (Photo via Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners)

The Iowa Board of Medicine has sanctioned a central Iowa doctor accused of using marijuana and entering into a sexual relationship with a nurse.

Dr. Christopher F. Stalvey, a 52-year-old physician who practices anesthesiology and pain medicine in Des Moines, has entered into a settlement agreement with the board. The board had alleged Stalvey engaged in a sexual relationship with a nurse with whom he worked, and that he also provided medical care to the woman throughout the course of their relationship.

The board also alleged that Stalvey repeatedly engaged in the use of marijuana, an illegal drug in Iowa.

Under the terms of the settlement agreement, the board has issued Stalvey a warning, ordered him to pay a $1,000 civil penalty, and ordered him to complete a board-approved program on maintaining professional boundaries. The board has also referred Stalvey to the Iowa Physician Health Program to determine whether participation in the program is needed.

Stalvey’s license has been placed on probationary status for two years, during which time he will be subject to board monitoring.

Board restores Waterloo physician’s license

In an unrelated case, the board recently restored the license of Dr. Erica N. LeClair, a 42-year-old physician who practices pediatric medicine in Waterloo.

Last October, LeClair entered into a settlement agreement with the board, which had alleged LeClair engaged in unprofessional conduct when she inappropriately accessed the medical records of patients who were not under her care while she was practicing medicine in Iowa City, from 2012 to 2018.

LeClair denied the allegations. Under the terms of the agreement, the board issued LeClair a warning and ordered her to pay a $5,000 civil penalty and complete a board-approved program on professional ethics.

Her license is now returned to full privileges, free and clear of all restrictions.


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Clark Kauffman
Clark Kauffman

Deputy Editor Clark Kauffman has worked during the past 30 years as both an investigative reporter and editorial writer at two of Iowa’s largest newspapers, the Des Moines Register and the Quad-City Times. He has won numerous state and national awards for reporting and editorial writing. His 2004 series on prosecutorial misconduct in Iowa was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. From October 2018 through November 2019, Kauffman was an assistant ombudsman for the Iowa Office of Ombudsman, an agency that investigates citizens’ complaints of wrongdoing within state and local government agencies.