Pella physician accused of incompetence ordered to pay $2,500

BY: - April 26, 2021

A Pella physician accused of professional incompetence has agreed to pay $2,500 to settle allegations of inappropriate pain management. The Iowa Board of Medicine has alleged that Dr. Gregory L. Ingle, a 67-year-old family-practice physician, provided pain-management care to multiple patients that “fell below minimum acceptable standards.” Ingle has agreed to pay a $2,500 civil […]

After Minnesota medical board acts, Iowa files charges against surgeon

BY: - March 24, 2021

The Iowa Board of Medicine has filed a statement of charges against a Belmond surgeon accused in another state of dangerous prescribing practices. The Iowa board has not publicly disclosed any patient-care allegations against Dr. Dennis E. Colby, a 66-year-old physician and surgeon who has practiced at the Belmond Medical Center. The board is alleging […]

Iowa-licensed doctor issued a warning after serving time on felony drug charge

BY: - March 10, 2021

Almost three years after a former Ottumwa physician was charged with felony narcotics distribution, the Iowa Board of Medicine has sanctioned the doctor with a warning. In June 2018, Dr. Troy E. Adolfson, an Iowa-licensed physician who formerly practiced radiation oncology in Ottumwa, was charged with felony distribution of a controlled substance. As part of […]

Hospital says surgeon’s libel claim poses an ‘urgent’ threat to public welfare

BY: - February 10, 2021

Can individuals and hospitals be sued for libel after reporting suspected physician misconduct to state licensing officials? That’s one of the questions facing the Iowa Supreme Court in a case involving an Iowa surgeon fired from a Hamilton County hospital for alleged patient-care issues. Thirteen months ago, an Iowa judge ruled that Dr. Mark Andrew […]

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 […]

Iowa licensing board isn’t disclosing reason for alleging surgeon is incompetent

BY: - December 29, 2020

The Iowa Board of Medicine is not publicly disclosing its rationale for charging a Davenport surgeon with professional incompetence. The board is charging Dr. William E. Olson, 55, of Davenport, with professional incompetence. Rather than include a basic description of the allegations against Olson in its public statement of charges, the board has opted to […]

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 […]

Judge: Dubuque doctor ignored ban on elective procedures, citing ‘no consequences’

BY: - September 22, 2020

A Dubuque plastic surgeon knowingly violated the governor’s ban on elective medical procedures, telling a colleague there would be “no consequences” for violating the order, an administrative law judge has ruled. The judge’s findings spring from an unemployment claim filed by Jolene Patterson, a registered nurse in the office Dr. Erin Kennedy of Plastic Surgery […]

Unnamed doctor may pose a ‘significant danger to the public’

BY: - August 6, 2020

An Iowa physician accused of sexual misconduct with a 19-year-old patient is allegedly putting the public at risk by continuing to practice while refusing to undergo a state-ordered psychosexual evaluation. The doctor’s refusal to undergo the assessment has stalled for several months the Iowa Board of Medicine’s investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against the […]

Iowa doctors accused of serious offenses admonished in secret by state board

BY: - August 2, 2020

In the past six months, the state board that oversees physicians has issued dozens of confidential letters of warning to doctors accused of criminal assault, patient neglect, sexual misconduct and other serious offenses. Every year, the Iowa Board of Medicine, which oversees physician licensing, issues about 100 confidential letters to practitioners. Some of those letters […]

Iowa grants license to psychiatrist with history of disciplinary actions

BY: - February 18, 2020

The Iowa Board of Medicine has granted a medical license to a psychiatrist accused of repeatedly violating standards of care in another state. The board has granted a license to Patrick Kin-Lee Chau, a 67-year-old physician who practices psychiatry in the state of Washington. At the same time, the Iowa board has issued Chau a […]