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From Chicago Tribune:
Former Chicago Latin star Kenny George, a senior center at UNC Asheville, had part of his right foot amputated, a source confirmed to ESPN.com. The source said the amputation, which occurred three weeks ago, was the result of George’s battle with MRSA …
He has been hospitalized in Iowa since then, the source said, enduring several surgeries and at one time battling for his life. …
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Cedar Rapids attorney quoted for MSNBC article about sex, STDs and infection lawsuits October 16, 2008Posted by John in Courts, Family, Medicine.
Tags: civil trials, criminal HIV transmission, dating, HIV, HPV, Jeff Tronvold, lawsuits, relationships, sex, sexually transmitted diseases
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[A] jury in Iowa awarded $1.5 million to young woman after she claimed that her boyfriend, a dentist, had infected her with HPV even though her lawyer agrees that it is “virtually impossible” to definitively prove it.
Given that, denying you have had an STD, or even that you have one now, is a minefield, says Jeff Tronvold, the Cedar Rapids attorney who represented the young woman in Iowa.
“If 75 percent of people are exposed to HPV, then everybody should know they had it at one point,” he says. If you deny it to a partner, “you have already met, in my opinion, the civil burden [of proof] because you just lied. You should say, ‘I have no signs, but I cannot tell you I never had it.’ This could change the way we all date.” …
From August 11, 2008 Gazette:
$1.5 million awarded in HPV lawsuit
By Trish Mehaffey
Jeff Tronvold, Cedar Rapids attorney, said a Muscatine County jury sent a strong message last week when it awarded $1.5 million to a 25-year-old woman in her lawsuit against a man who infected her with the human papillomavirus or HPV.
It’s the first case like this that has made it to court in Iowa and one of a small percentage in the United States, Tronvold said. Most of the HPV-related cases in the courts and in the news concern the side effects of the vaccination Gardasil.
This genital virus is the most common sexually transmitted infection which attacks the skin and mucous membranes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There are more than 40 types of the virus that infect the genital areas of men and women.
About 20 million Americans are infected with HPV and another 6.2 million become infected each year, according to the center’s Web site. Most people don’t realize they have it because their immune system fights it off.
Karly Rossiter, 23, at the time of infection in 2005, didn’t know she had it and didn’t know anything about HPV. “It was before the Gardasil commercials, which didn’t come out until, I think, 2006,” Tronvold said Wednesday.
Rossiter met Alan Evans, a Muscatine dentist, in December 2004. He told her he was free of any sexually transmitted diseases before they started dating. A few days later after having sex with him on Jan. 1, 2005, Evans asked her if she had been tested for HPV.
Rossiter went to her doctor for information and was told there is no general test for HPV and it wasn’t necessary since her recent Pap test came back normal, Tronvold said.
The only test on the market is used as part of a cervical cancer screening, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Tronvold said Rossiter was concerned because of what Evans had asked, so she demanded the test and because her insurance wouldn’t cover it, she paid it out of her own pocket.
In April 2005 she learned she could potentially have HPV and she started developing symptoms of the virus, genital warts, in January 2006, according to the lawsuit. An examination of the cervix showed severe dysplasia, abnormal cells on the surface of the cervix, which is a precursor to cancer.
She had a surgical procedure in March 2006, where lesions are cut off the cervix, Tronvold said. Rossiter had multiple cuts of varying tissue sizes. The skin is then cauterized to prevent infection.
Rossiter is symptom-free of the virus now but there’s no guarantee that it won’t come back and she will remain a carrier, Tronvold said. He believes that’s why the jury awarded $700,000 for past and future physical and mental pain and suffering, and another $800,000 in punitive damages.
Tronvold said the statements Evans made to Rossiter that he was free of disease and then asked her after sex the specific question about HPV are what likely influenced the jury.
Tim Semelroth, a Cedar Rapids attorney who handles medical-related suits, said in this case Iowa’s civil justice system worked. The jury believed Evans “willfully and wantonly disregarded” Rossiter’s safety when he infected her.
Semelroth said the amount of the verdict is understandable because the jurors must decide fair compensation for a woman who will have viral outbreaks the rest of her life and live in fear of developing cervical cancer, and also determine the appropriate punishment for Evans, who betrayed her trust.
Gazette article about area woman’s bat-filtered coffee becomes one of Yahoo’s most e-mailed stories September 27, 2008Posted by John in Medicine, Odd News.
Tags: Ann Garvey, bats, coffee, Iowa Department of Public Health, pests, rabies, rodents
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Iowa City woman gives up high-paying job, independent life to become nun in Colorado Springs August 23, 2008Posted by John in Medicine, Religion.
Tags: Benedictine sisters, Benet Hill Monastery (Colorado Springs Colorado), Christianity, convent, Iowa City (Iowa), Mercy Hospital (Iowa City Iowa), nunnery, nuns, nurses, Ricketts (Iowa), Sister Mary Colleen Schwarz, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
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After deciding to become a sister, [Mary Colleen] Schwarz in 2002 gave away her personal possessions. Watching strangers enter her Iowa City, Iowa, home and help themselves to her belongings was an odd experience, Schwarz said.
“I thought, ‘What the heck did I just do?’” she said. “Everything that identified me was gone. But I knew that my real identity was that I am a child of God.” …
Third fatal Angel Flight crash in as many months; 2-year-old girl was killed in Iowa City on June 3 August 12, 2008Posted by John in Accidents, Medicine.
Tags: airplane crashes, Angel Flight, Iowa City (Iowa), Sydney Blanton
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A small plane carrying a cancer patient to Boston went into a nosedive and crashed Tuesday in a grocery store parking lot, killing all three people on board, authorities said. It was the third fatal crash in as many months of a charity flight carrying a patient to medical treatment. …
On June 3, a flight arranged by Angel Flight Central crashed in Iowa City, Iowa, killing a 2-year-old girl who had just been treated for clubfoot. Her mother and the pilot were injured.
The string of crashes was unprecedented for the charities, which have flown tens of thousands of patients to medical care over more than a decade. …
Links to published obituary for Sydney at this post.
Iowa City area ragweed pollen count and email alerts August 11, 2008Posted by John in Medicine.
Tags: allergens, allergies, allergy & immunology, plants, weeds
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Allergy sufferers: To check the ragweed pollen count for the Iowa City area — the pollen counting station is actually in North Liberty — go to this Iowa Clinical Research Corporation page. You also have the option of receiving daily e-mail alerts.
Know of other good Web sources for pollen counts? Please share in a comment!
Iowa Board of Medicine Settlement Agreement, Reinstatement Order for Cedar Rapids physicians August 9, 2008Posted by John in Medicine.
Tags: Cedar Rapids (Iowa), doctors, Garry Goodlett, Joel Kosinski, physicians
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Garry M. Goodlett, M.D., a 57 year-old family physician from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, entered into a Settlement Agreement with the Board to resolve pending disciplinary charges. On March 12, 2008, the Board charged Dr. Goodlett with inappropriately prescribing controlled substances and other medications to numerous individuals without performing appropriate physical examinations and without maintaining appropriate medical records. Under the terms of the August 6, 2008, Settlement Agreement, Dr. Goodlett was placed on probation for a period of three years subject to certain terms and conditions, including auditing of his prescribing practices. He was also ordered to complete a prescribing course and record keeping course and he was issued a public reprimand and ordered to pay a $2,500 fine. [Settlement Agreement] …
Joel M. Kosinski, M.D., a 61 year-old physician from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, had his Iowa medical license reinstated by the Board. On September 2, 2004, the Board indefinitely suspended Dr. Kosinski’s Iowa medical license due to repeated alcohol abuse. Dr. Kosinski has fully complied with the substance abuse treatment and monitoring requirements established by the Board and he has maintained his sobriety since the suspension of his Iowa medical license. Dr. Kosinski recently completed a comprehensive competency evaluation and he has agreed to complete a Board-approved supervised remediation program. Under the terms of the August 6, 2008, Reinstatement Order, Dr. Kosinski may only practice medicine in a Board-approved group practice setting in which his daily practice will be closely monitored by other physicians and healthcare providers. He was also placed on indefinite probation subject to numerous terms and conditions, including substance abuse monitoring. [Reinstatement Order] …
Tags: Cancer, Cedar Rapids (Iowa), Ed Carlson, flooded areas, Flooding, floods, Floods of 2008
From Reno Gazette-Journal:
Ed Carlson, known in Reno as “The Waver” for a three-decade stint walking along western Nevada roads and waving to motorists, thanked people for all the letters of support and the money they sent when his life took two tragic turns in June.
Within a few weeks, Carlson found out his wife had terminal cancer and they lost their Cedar Rapids, Iowa, home to Midwest flooding. …
More about Ed Carlson, including a Gazette article, in this post:
Former University of Iowa resident physician accused of molesting female relative in Tulsa July 31, 2008Posted by John in Crime/Courts, Medicine.
Tags: Coralville (Iowa), Iowa City (Iowa), Kirk Smith, MD, medical doctors, physicians, sex crimes, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
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From Tulsa World:
A Tulsa doctor who is accused of molesting a female relative was accused several times of inappropriate sexual contact during his residency program in Missouri, reports show. …
In November 2001, the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners denied Smith’s application for a license, citing allegations of inappropriate contact with female patients during a little more than a year at a residency program in Kansas City, Mo. …
Smith was later accepted into the University of Iowa’s residency program, and Iowa’s medical board granted Smith a restricted license in April 2002. The board said he should always be accompanied by a chaperone while treating female patients and should continue seeing a psychiatrist. …
More from Gazette archives:
March 6, 2002 Iowa City Gazette
Coralville doctor denied Iowa license after alleged misdoings
DES MOINES – A doctor has been denied an Iowa license following allegations that he performed inappropriate gynecological exams on four patients during an out-of-state residency.
Kirk Smith, 29, of Coralville, is appealing the decision by the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners. His lawyer, Michael Sellers, said the board has received only “thirdhand hearsay” evidence about what happened.
According to the board, while Smith was a resident in Kansas City, a woman accused him of improperly examining her. Administrators there ordered Smith to have a chaperone when performing such exams, the board said, but he continued to do them alone, and three more women also complained about improper exams. Smith took a medical leave of absence from the program to deal with psychiatric issues, board documents say.
Sellers said Smith is awaiting a hearing before the board. Sellers said Smith was accepted into a training program at University Hospitals in Iowa City, but he can’t participate without a resident license.
May 19, 2002 Iowa City Gazette
Suspended doctors granted Iowa licenses
DES MOINES – A doctor accused of performing inappropriate exams on women patients in Missouri has been granted permission by regulators to get a license to practice in Iowa.
The Iowa Board of Medical Examiners concluded that Dr. Kirk Smith’s problems were caused by a psychiatric condition he has under control.
Smith, 29, was suspended from a Kansas City residency-training program in November 2000 after four women accused him of improperly touching them or examining them.
He was diagnosed with an obsessive-compulsive disorder and given medication to control it.
Two psychiatrists have said Smith can safely return to practicing medicine.
Smith earned his medical degree at the University of Iowa, but the Board of Medical Examiners turned down his application for a residency license, citing his problems in Missouri.
After Smith applied again for a license, the board decided in April to grant Smith approval but said that he must have a chaperon present when he examines female patients and that he must continue psychiatric treatment.
November 22, 2004 Gazette
Ruling may delay word of medical accusations
Court: Information can’t be made public until final decision
DES MOINES – A court ruling last week could mean that Iowans will have to wait months to find out whether their doctors have been accused of wrongdoing.
Polk County District Judge Joel Novak ruled Wednesday that the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners must stop publicly disclosing information related to a physician’s disciplinary case until a final decision is made.
Legal experts are trying to sort out whether Novak’s ruling will cause lengthy delays in the time it will take for patients and others to learn of allegations against Iowa doctors, nurses and other medical professionals.
The board frequently does not file final disciplinary orders for a year or more.
Novak’s ruling came in the case of Dr. Kirk M. Smith, who was denied an Iowa license three years ago because of allegations he improperly touched women while in an out-of-state training program.
The license denial was made public. So was the medical board’s subsequent decision to issue a license, with several restrictions, after it decided Smith had received adequate treatment
for psychiatric problems.
April 7, 2007 Gazette
Supreme Court rules on negligence case
Also Friday, the [Iowa Supreme Court] upheld a district court decision ordering the Board of Medical Examiners to cease dissemination of the board’s denial of a physician’s license.
The board appealed a Polk County District Court decision in the case of Dr. Kirk M. Smith, who was accepted into the University of Iowa’s family practice residency program as a transfer student from the University of Missouri.
Smith initially was denied an Iowa physician license, which was granted after an appeal.
While granting his license, the board denied Smith’s request that the board rescind its notice to the National Practitioner’s Data Bank regarding the earlier license denial.
Instead, the board indicated an entry was to be added to the Data Bank explaining that the license application was granted after an appeal hearing. The district court ordered such a disclosure must stop. …