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Dr. Hamburger removes woman’s ovaries by mistake, then disciplined

Dr. Hamburger
Dr. Hamburger

DES MOINES – A Sioux City doctor has been disciplined by the Iowa Board of Medicine for “performing the wrong procedure on a patient.”

On July 29th, 2011, the Board charged Dr. Kevin W. Hamburger with performing the wrong procedure on a patient after inadvertently removing a 29-year-old patient’s healthy ovaries while performing a total vaginal hysterectomy, despite the patient’s desire to keep her ovaries.

Dr. Hamburger acknowledged the mistake and apologized for the error. The Board issued Dr. Hamburger a citation and warning and ordered him to pay a $7,500 civil penalty and submit a written corrective action plan describing the steps he has taken to avoid such errors in the future.

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