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Ackley, Iowa doctor has charges filed against him

Gary E. Lawrence, M.D., a 67-year-old physician who practiced family medicine in Ackley, Iowa, had formal disciplinary charges filed against him on January 13, 2012.  The Board charged Dr. Lawrence with engaging in sexual misconduct and/or unethical or unprofessional conduct and failing to comply with a Board investigation in a timely manner.

The Board alleged that Dr. Lawrence engaged in a sexual relationship with a female patient in 1993 and another female patient in 2010.  The Board also alleged that Dr. Lawrence inappropriately prescribed controlled substances to the second female patient without maintaining appropriate medial records, performed an inappropriate medical examination on another female patient and made inappropriate sexual comments  and sexual advances toward another female who was not a patient.

Finally, the Board alleged that Dr. Lawrence failed to comply with a Board investigation and/or a board subpoena in a timely manner.

A hearing has been scheduled on March 16, 2012.

NOTE: Consumers can submit complaints against physicians through the Board’s website at, by calling 515-281-5847 or by mail at 400 SW 8th Street, Suite C, Des Moines, Iowa 50309-4686.

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