Board of Medicine

Press Releases on Disciplinary Actions for 1998

Board Meeting Dates

January 29, 1998 * March 12, 1998 * March 20, 1998
April 23, 1998 * May 8, 1998 * June 3, 1998
June 19, 1998 * July 16, 1998 * August 17, 1998
October 8, 1998 * November 19, 1998

January 29, 1998

At its regular meeting held in Des Moines on January 29, 1998, the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners initiated disciplinary action against the following Iowa licensed physicians:

Merrill D. Van Patten, DO, a 69 year old physician from Scottsdale, Arizona, was charged with having been disciplined by the medical licensing authority for the state of Arizona. Dr. Van Patten's Arizona medical license was revoked. A hearing is scheduled for April 22, 1998.

The Iowa Board of Medical Examiners Approved a Settlement Agreement tendered by the following Iowa licensed physicians:

David A. Allerheiligen, MD, a 49 year old physician from Casper, Wyoming, entered into a Settlement Agreement with the Iowa Board. Dr. Allerheiligen was charged with being disciplined by the Wyoming Board of Medicine for prescribing controlled substances to family members. In the Iowa settlement Dr. Allerheiligen received a Letter of Citation and Warning as final resolution of this disciplinary matter.

Norman D. Thede, MD, a 63 year old physician from Britt, Iowa, entered into a Settlement Agreement with the Iowa Board. Dr. Thede was charged with violating an existing Settlement Agreement, knowingly allowing non-physician office staff to diagnose and treat patients and maintaining pre-signed prescriptions for use at a later time. Dr. Thede agreed to pay a $3,500 civil penalty and receive a Citation and Warning as final resolution of this disciplinary matter.

Jerald W. Bybee, MD, a 44 year old physician from Maquoketa, Iowa, entered into a combined Statement of Charges and Settlement Agreement with the Iowa Board. Dr. Bybee was charged with the inability to practice medicine and surgery with reasonable skill and safety due to the excessive use of prescription medication and alcohol. Dr. Bybee was placed on four years probation with restrictions as final resolution of this disciplinary matter.

In other action, the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners accepted the voluntary surrender of the following physician's Iowa medical license:

Richard H. Mosher, MD, a 46 year old physician from West Burlington, Iowa, voluntarily surrendered his Iowa medical license.

If you wish additional information regarding any of these physicians please contact the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners at (515) 281-5171.

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March 12, 1998

At its regular meeting held in Des Moines on March 12, 1998, the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners finalized the disciplinary action taken against the following Iowa licensed physicians:

Deborah J. Larson, DO, a 45 year old physician from Scottsdale, Arizona, entered into a Settlement Agreement with the Iowa Board. Dr. Larson was charged with being disciplined by the Arizona State Board of Osteopathic Examiners due to substance abuse problems. The Iowa Board placed Dr. Larson's Iowa medical license on three and one half (3 1/2) years probation as final resolution of this disciplinary matter.

Mark J. Leding, DO, a 39 year old physician from Ottumwa, Iowa, entered into a Settlement Agreement with the Iowa Board. Dr. Leding was charged with violating an existing Settlement Agreement, by signing a blank prescription that was later filled out by a patient. Dr. Leding agreed to pay a $4,000 civil penalty, have his probation order extended by one (1) year and receive a Citation and Warning as final resolution of this disciplinary matter.

Stephen C. Seltzer, MD, a 48 year old physician from Albemarle, North Carolina, entered into a Settlement Agreement with the Iowa Board. Dr. Seltzer was charged with being disciplined by the North Carolina Medical Board for having improper relationships with two patients between 1989 and 1995. Dr. Seltzer agreed to pay a $1,000 civil penalty and receive a Citation and Warning as final resolution of this disciplinary matter. Dr. Seltzer has not practiced in Iowa for several years.

Jagadamba Kantamneni, MD, a 48 year old physician from Keokuk, Iowa, entered into a combined Statement of Charges and Settlement Agreement with the Iowa Board. Dr. Kantamneni was charged with prescribing controlled substances without performing an appropriate examination and failing to maintain an adequate medical record. Dr. Kantamneni agreed to pay a $1,000 civil penalty and received a Citation and Warning as final resolution of this matter.

Dawood Siroospour, MD, a 59 year old physician from Keokuk, Iowa, entered into a combined Statement of Charges and Settlement Agreement with the Iowa Board. Dr. Siroospour was charged with prescribing controlled substances without performing an appropriate examination and failing to maintain an adequate medical record. Dr. Siroospour agreed to pay a $1,000 civil penalty and received a Citation and Warning as final resolution of this matter.

James K. Killian, DO, a 36 year old physician from Johnston, Iowa, entered into a combined Statement of Charges, Settlement Agreement and Final Order with the Iowa Board. Dr. Killian was charged with violating an existing Settlement Agreement, by resuming the use of alcohol. The Iowa Board indefinitely suspended Dr. Killian's Iowa medical license.

In other action, the Board authorized the issuance of a permanent Iowa medical license under the terms and conditions of a consent agreement to the following physician.

William J. Bussey, MD, a Colorado licensed physician practicing in emergency medicine, received an Iowa medical license under the terms and conditions of a consent agreement. The terms of the agreement prohibit Dr. Bussey from using alcohol or other controlled substances not prescribed by a qualified treating health care provider. The agreement also requires Dr. Bussey to seek continuing substance abuse treatment, file regular reports on his progress and provide blood or urine specimens on demand.

If you wish additional information regarding any of these physicians please contact the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners at (515) 281-5171.

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March 20, 1998

At a teleconference meeting held at the Board's office in Des Moines on Friday March 20, 1998, the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners approved the Final Order in the disciplinary action taken against the following Iowa licensed physician:

The license of V. Thomas Riley, MD, a 64 year old physician from West Des Moines, Iowa, was indefinitely suspended. The Statement of Charges alleged that Dr. Riley provided substandard medical care, and unethical medical care, to several patients.

If you wish additional information regarding any of these physicians please contact the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners at (515) 281-5171.

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April 23, 1998

At its regular meeting held in Des Moines on April 23, 1998, the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners approved a Settlement Agreement and Final Order tendered by the following Iowa licensed physician:

Merrill D. Van Patten, DO, a 70 year old physician from Phoenix, Arizona, entered into a Settlement Agreement and Final Order with the Iowa Board based on disciplinary action taken in the State of Arizona. Dr. Van Patten has not practiced medicine in Iowa for several years.

If you wish additional information regarding any of these physicians please contact the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners at (515) 281-5171.

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May 8, 1998

At a teleconference meeting held at the Board's office in Des Moines on Friday May 8, 1998, the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners accepted the proposed panel decision in disciplinary action taken against the following Iowa licensed physicians:

The license of Donald R. Johnon, DO, a 65 year old physician from Cameron, Missouri, was indefinitely suspended and Dr. Johnson was ordered to pay a $1,000.00 civil penalty based on prior disciplinary action taken by the Osteopathic Medical Board of California. Dr. Johnson admitted, aiding and abetting a pharmacist in the unlicensed practice of medicine, being grossly negligent in the treatment of three patients in 1991 and 1992, and repeatedly prescribing and dispensing dangerous drugs in an excessive amount and without good faith prior examination and medical indication.

The charges filed against David L. Arunski, MD, a 49 year old physician from Shenandoah, Iowa, on August 21, 1997, for the failure to render services to the best of his ability in an emergency, were dismissed by the Board.

If you wish additional information regarding any of these physicians please contact the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners at (515) 281-5171.

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June 3, 1998

At its regular meeting held in Des Moines on June 3, 1998, the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners finalized disciplinary action against the following physicians licensed and practicing in Iowa:

Charles D. Vanderlinden, MD, a 50 year old physician from Knoxville, Iowa, entered into a combined Statement of Charges, Settlement Agreement and Final Order with the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners. The Board determined that Dr. Vanderlinden was in violation of the terms and conditions of his probation. Under the terms of the Settlement Agreement and Final Order, Dr. Vanderlinden voluntarily surrendered his Iowa medical license.

Joshua E. Nnanji, MD, a 52 year old psychiatrist from Clinton, Iowa, entered into a Settlement Agreement with the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners. Dr. Nnanji's Iowa medical license was placed on indefinite suspension for having an improper sexual relationship with a patient, improperly prescribing psychiatric medications and controlled substances and maintaining pre-signed prescriptions.

In other action, the Board filed charges against the following Iowa licensed physicians:

James Edgar Eaves, MD, a 55 year old physician from Clarinda, Iowa, was charged with failure to conform to the prevailing standard of care in the practice of medicine in the state of Iowa. Dr. Eaves is alleged to have prescribed narcotic medications to several patients without obtaining complete medical histories and evaluations and prescribing excessive amounts of narcotics without arranging for appropriate consultations or referrals.

Joseph G. Creighton, DO, a 39 year old physician from Granger, Iowa, was charged with the inability to practice medicine with reasonable skill and safety due to the excessive use of drugs and indiscriminately or promiscuously prescribing a drug for other than a lawful purpose.

Ibrahim A. Ibrahim, MD, a 60 year old physician from Irbid, Jordan,
was charged with knowingly making misleading, deceptive, untrue or fraudulent representations on his reinstatement application. Dr. Ibrahim resides in Jordan and has not practiced in Iowa for quite some time.

If you wish additional information regarding any of these physicians please contact the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners at (515) 281-5171.

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June 19, 1998

At a tele-conference meeting originating in Des Moines on June 19, 1998, the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners took formal disciplinary action against the following Iowa licensed physician:

Donald R. Gebers, DO, a 41 year old physician practicing in Cherokee, Iowa. The Iowa Board of Medical Examiners summarily suspended Dr. Gebers' Iowa medical license. Dr. Gebers was charged with the inability to practice medicine with reasonable skill and safety due to the excessive use of drugs and indiscriminately or promiscuously prescribing a drug for other than a lawful purpose.

If you wish additional information regarding any of these physicians please contact the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners at (515) 281-5171.

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July 16, 1998

At its regular meeting held in Des Moines on July 16, 1998, the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners took formal disciplinary action against the following Iowa licensed physician:

Terrence J. Kolbeck, MD, a 46 year old physician practicing in Omaha, Nebraska, and the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners entered into a Settlement Agreement and Final Order based on disciplinary action taken by the State of Nebraska. The Iowa Board issued Dr. Kolbeck a Letter of Citation and Warning and a $1,000 civil penalty. Dr. Kolbeck's Iowa license has been inactive since 1988.

If you wish additional information regarding any of these physicians please contact the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners at (515) 281-5171.

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August 17, 1998

At its regular meeting held in Des Moines on August 17, 1998, the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners took formal disciplinary action against the following Iowa licensed physicians:

Thomas R. Gilman, DO, a 52 year old physician from Mason City, Iowa, was charged with being guilty of gross malpractice in connection with his treatment of three patients. A hearing on the charges is scheduled for October 21, 1998.

Lavern J. Flage, MD, a 67 year old physician from Independence, Iowa, was charged with violating the terms of his probation as established in an Informal Settlement Agreement with the Board. A hearing on the charges is scheduled for October 28, 1998.

Milton F. Austin, MD, a 45 year old internist from Keokuk, Iowa, had his Iowa medical license summarily suspended by the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners. Dr. Austin was charged with engaging in inappropriate sexual conduct with patients, sexual harassment of co-workers and employees, offering controlled substances to patients in exchange for sex and use of illegal drugs. A hearing on the charges has been scheduled for September 16, 1998.

John M. Nassif, MD, a 39 year old physician practicing in Battle Creek, Michigan, and the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners entered into a combined Statement of Charges, Settlement Agreement and Final Order based on disciplinary action taken by the State of Nebraska. The Iowa Board issued Dr. Nassif a Letter of Citation and Warning. Dr. Nassif practiced in West Des Moines until moving his practice to Michigan in October of 1997.

The Iowa Board of Medical Examiners denied a permanent license to the following physicians:

Sylvester A. Nathan, MD, a 59 year old physician from Woodridge, Illinois, was denied permanent license application for failure to meet examination requirements.

Hassan Abou-Rass, MD, a 38 year old physician from Warren, Michigan, was denied permanent license application for providing false information on a license application.

If you wish additional information regarding any of these physicians please contact the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners at (515) 281-5171.

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October 8, 1998

At its regular meeting held in Des Moines on October 8, 1998, the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners took formal disciplinary action against the following Iowa licensed physicians:

Horst G. Blume, M.D., a 72 year old physician practicing in Sioux City, Iowa, was charged by the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners with failing to meet the prevailing standard of care in the treatment of numerous chronic pain patients. A hearing on the charges is scheduled for December 16, 1998.

Jeffrey A. Jackson, M.D., a 40 year old physician from Mason City, Iowa, and the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners entered into a combined Statement of Charges, Settlement Agreement and Final Order. Dr. Jackson was charged with prescribing controlled substances for a patient without providing an appropriate examination and without maintaining adequate medical records. Dr. Jackson was issued a Citation and Warning and assessed a $1,000 civil penalty.

Alex A. Carrese, M.D., a 47 year old physician practicing in Derby, Connecticut, was charged by the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners with being disciplined by the State of Connecticut and the State of New York. Dr. Carrese was charged with overutilization of surgical procedures and substandard record keeping practices. His New York license was placed on two years probation. Dr. Carrese's Iowa license is currently inactive and he has not practiced in Iowa for many years. A hearing on the charges is scheduled for December 16, 1998.

Andrejs Dimants, M.D., a 58 year old physician from Three Rivers, Michigan, was charged by the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners with being disciplined by the State of Michigan. Dr. Dimants was charged with over-prescribing codeine and sleeping pills. His Michigan license was suspended for six months. Dr. Dimants' Iowa license is currently inactive and he has not practiced in Iowa for many years. A hearing on the charges is scheduled for December 16, 1998.

Ward Richard Dunseth, M.D., a 74 year old physician from Carlinville, Illinois, was charged by the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners with being disciplined by the State of Illinois. Dr. Dunseth was charged with gross negligence for failing to properly treat a patient's breast cancer. His Illinois medical license was suspended for one year. Dr. Dunseth's Iowa license is currently inactive and he has not practiced in Iowa for many years. A hearing on the charges is scheduled for December 16, 1998.

Pawel A. Wojewski, M.D., a 50 year old physician practicing in Rapid City, South Dakota, was charged by the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners with being disciplined by the State of South Dakota. Dr. Wojewski's Iowa license is currently inactive and he has not practiced in Iowa for many years. A hearing on the charges is scheduled for December 16, 1998.

Nita Katherine Babcock, M.D., a 44 year old physician practicing in Oakland, Nebraska, was charged by the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners with being disciplined by the State of Nebraska. Dr. Babcock's Iowa license is currently inactive and she has not practiced in Iowa for many years. A hearing on the charges is scheduled for December 16, 1998.

The Iowa Board of Medical Examiners issued a Final Order accepting the panel decision in disciplinary action taken against the following Iowa licensed physicians:

The Iowa Board indefinitely suspended the medical license of James L. Hopkins, M.D., a physician from Salt Lake City, Utah, based on disciplinary action taken by the State of Utah. Dr. Hopkins was charged with abusing controlled substances and his Utah medical license was placed on five years probation with restrictions. Dr. Hopkins has not practiced in Iowa for many years.

The Iowa Board revoked the medical license of Alan J. Stalheim, M.D., a physician from Carpinteria, California, based on disciplinary action taken by the State of California. Dr. Stalheim was charged with the inability to practice medicine safely due to an impairment and failure to comply with a board order and his California medical license was revoked. Dr. Stalheim has not practiced in Iowa for many years.

The Iowa Board revoked the medical license of Edward B. Curry, M.D., a physician from Birmingham, Alabama, based on disciplinary action taken by the State of New York. Dr. Curry was charged with the inability to practice medicine safely due to an impairment and failure to comply with a board order and his New York medical license was revoked. Dr. Curry has not practiced in Iowa for many years.

If you wish additional information regarding any of these physicians please contact the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners at (515) 281-5171.

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November 19, 1998

At its regular meeting held in Des Moines on November 19, 1998, the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners took formal disciplinary action against the following Iowa licensed physicians:

Hongsik Kim, M.D., a 40 year old physician from Santa Ana, California, voluntarily surrendered his Iowa medical license. Dr. Kim had been disciplined by the California Medical Board for unethical conduct involving his prescribing practices at a California weight loss clinic. Dr. Kim’s Iowa medical license has been inactive since 1992 and he has not practiced in Iowa for many years.

Clifford A. Hendricks, M.D., a 66 year old physician practicing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, entered into a combined Statement of Charges, Settlement Agreement and Final Order with the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners. Dr. Hendricks was charged with prescribing controlled substances for an inappropriate purpose and prescribing controlled substances without providing an appropriate examination and without maintaining adequate medical records. The Board issued Dr. Hendricks a Citation and Warning and assessed a $1,000 civil penalty.

If you wish additional information regarding any of these physicians please contact the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners at (515) 281-5171.

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