The Iowa Capital Dispatch reported on July 2, 2021: “An unidentified emergency room physician who allegedly caused the death of a patient in 2017 has continued to see patients with no restrictions on his license while posing a “high risk” to the public, according to the Iowa Board of Medicine … The court denied Doe’s request for an order blocking or delaying a planned board hearing on the incompetency charge. In the eight weeks since that ruling, it does not appear that the Board of Medicine has taken any public action in a case that matches the circumstances of the Doe case.”
The unidentified emergency room physician first came to the attention of the Iowa Board of Medicine in 2014, when the Board was informed by an insurance company that it had paid a $150,000 medical malpractice settlement for the physician’s alleged failure to diagnose a medical issue. The Board filed a statement of charges against the physician alleging failure to comply with a Board investigation because the physician failed to respond to the Board’s inquiries. The matter was reportedly settled by issuance of a confidential letter of warning.
In March 2017, the Board was informed of a $50,000 medical malpractice settlement made to a second patient. Six months later, the Board ordered the physician to undergo a clinical competency evaluation. That evaluation took place in April 2018, after which the Board received a report in August 2018 which subsequently led to the Board alleging that the physician demonstrated deficiencies in medical knowledge and clinical judgment and reasoning. A year later, the Board filed a public statement of charges alleging professional incompetency against the physician.
The unidentified emergency room physician, who identifies himself only as “Dr. John Doe” in court documents, sought in April 2021 an emergency hearing in court on his efforts to block the Board from proceeding with the Board’s professional incompetency charges filed against him, denying that he caused a patient’s death in 2017. The court denied the request for an order blocking or delaying a planned Board hearing on the incompetency charge against Dr. Doe.
The Iowa Capital Dispatch reports, “In the eight weeks since that ruling, it does not appear that the Board of Medicine has taken any public action in a case that matches the circumstances of the Doe case.”
The Iowa Board of Medicine states on its website: “The board regulates the practice of medicine and surgery, acupuncture and genetic counseling under the authority of Iowa Code chapters 147, 148, 148E, 148H and agency No. 653 (Board of Medicine) in the Iowa Administrative Code. The board has significant authority over licensees, establishing regulations by proposing legislation or adopting administrative rules. Correspondingly, the board is charged with enforcing these rules and laws to protect the public from licensees who do not practice medicine, acupuncture and genetic counseling within prevailing and acceptable standards of the practices of medicine and acupuncture.”
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