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Former Ackley doctor surrenders medical license

Gary E. Lawrence, M.D., a 68-year-old physician who formerly practiced family medicine in Ackley, Iowa, entered into a Settlement Agreement with the Iowa Board of Medicine on April 19, 2012.

On January 13, 2012, the Board charged Dr. Lawrence with engaging 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 medical records, performed an inappropriate physical 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. Under the terms of the Settlement Agreement, Dr. Lawrence surrendered his Iowa medical license, received a public reprimand and paid a $7,500 fine.

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