medical malpractice

Iowa doctor accused of incompetence faces fifth round of licensing sanctions

BY: - July 29, 2021

An eastern Iowa physician who has faced disciplinary charges on four previous occasions and been hit with an $18.1 million malpractice verdict is now facing allegations of incompetence. Dr. Lynette Iles, a 57-year-old physician who practices family medicine in Washington, Iowa, is accused by the Iowa Board of Medicine of professional incompetence, failure to comply […]

Iowa obstetrician who abandoned patient ordered to pay $2,500

BY: - June 10, 2021

The Iowa Board of Medicine has ordered a Cedar Rapids obstetrician to pay a $2,500 fine for abandoning a patient he left under anesthesia. According to the board, Dr. Jason A. Rexroth, a 49-year-old physician who practices obstetrics and gynecology in Cedar Rapids, engaged in professional incompetency on April 30, 2019. On that date, Rexroth […]

Iowa justices say hospitals must take ‘reasonable care’ in choosing physicians

BY: - May 18, 2021

Ruling in a case involving a physician who performed surgery while under investigation by state licensing officials, the Iowa Supreme Court has said hospitals have “a duty to exercise reasonable care” in employing physicians. The ruling stems from a lawsuit filed almost five years ago by Roxanne Rieder, who alleged Mercy Medical Center of Cedar […]

Sam Clovis, former GOP candidate, sues hospital for malpractice

BY: - May 3, 2021

Sam Clovis, a former GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate and a vocal advocate for tort reform, is suing an Iowa hospital and its affiliates for alleged medical malpractice. Clovis, 71, was a 2014 candidate in the Republican Senate primary, finishing second to Joni Ernst. In 2016, Clovis served as one of the national co-chairs […]

Des Moines man claims surgeons left a sponge inside him during surgery

BY: - April 14, 2021

An Iowa man who claims surgeons left a sponge in his abdominal cavity during an operation is suing Iowa Methodist Medical Center for alleged malpractice. A lawsuit filed by Ronald Barker of Des Moines alleges that in October 2018, Iowa Methodist Medical Center removed a portion of his bowel to alleviate chronic problems with Crohn’s […]

After years of alleged fraud and incompetence, an Iowa surgeon surrenders his license

BY: - March 18, 2021

After having been the target of hospital sanctions, criminal charges, and 15 lawsuits brought by Iowa women who claim he left them injured or disfigured, an Iowa surgeon has voluntarily surrendered his medical license. The action comes 17 months after South Dakota licensing authorities summarily suspended the doctor’s license in that state, and two years […]

Licensing board lifts restrictions on Iowa surgeon facing four malpractice lawsuits

BY: - January 14, 2021

The Iowa Board of Medicine has lifted some of the restrictions imposed on an Iowa physician who is facing four malpractice lawsuits and who led police on a chase before being arrested for drunken driving in 2019. According to court records, Dr. Nicholas J. Kuiper, a 42-year-old general surgeon who has practiced in Grinnell, Waterloo […]

Doctor’s true identity revealed in court, with judge citing the public’s right to know

BY: - December 7, 2020

A physician accused of shoving another doctor during an operating-room altercation cannot sue the state under an assumed name, an Iowa judge has ruled. According to court records, Dr. Domenico Calcaterra, 52, is a vascular surgeon who worked at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics from 2008 to 2012. In a sworn affidavit filed […]

Cosmetic surgeon repeatedly accused of incompetence appeals to Iowa Supreme Court

BY: - December 4, 2020

A cosmetic surgeon from Davenport who has a history of malpractice claims is challenging state-imposed sanctions for alleged incompetence and taking the case to the Iowa Supreme Court. Dr. LeRoy L. Yates Jr., a 65-year-old gynecologist who practiced cosmetic surgery in Davenport, has been barred by the Iowa Board of Medicine from performing such procedures […]


Iowans’ voices are being shut out of legislative debate

BY: - June 8, 2020

The three-day return of the Iowa Legislature has done more harm than good to the people of Iowa. Legislative leaders should again suspend their session now and not come back until lawmakers find a better way to balance public access to the legislative process with the safety measures needed to avoid spreading COVID-19. I knew […]

Senators advance $250K cap in medical malpractice cases

BY: - February 17, 2020

Representatives of Iowa’s medical community blamed soaring awards in medical malpractice cases for the erosion of health-care access in rural Iowa Monday. They were arguing for legislation to put a $250,000 cap on noneconomic damages in lawsuits that arise from medical errors. But lawyers who litigate medical malpractice cases say claims against insurance carriers are […]