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Former Belmond doctor fined by state, barred from prescribing drugs

DES MOINES – A former Belmond doctor has been fined by the state of Iowa medical board and barred from prescribing drugs.

Dennis E. Colby, D.O., a 66-year-old Iowa-licensed physician who formerly practiced family medicine in Belmond, Iowa, had a Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, Decision and Order issued by the Iowa Board on September 30, 2021. On January 9, 2021, Dr. Colby entered into a Stipulation and Order for Voluntary Surrender of his Minnesota medical license with the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice (Minnesota Board). The Minnesota Board had concerns with Dr. Colby’s patient care, documentation, and prescribing practices. On March 11, 2021, the Iowa Board filed a Statement of Charges against Dr. Colby alleging that he was disciplined by the licensing authority of another state in violation of the laws and rules governing the practice of medicine in Iowa. A contested case hearing was held before the Iowa Board on July 23, 2021. Under the terms of the September 30, 2021, Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, Decision and Order, the Iowa Board determined that the action taken by the Minnesota Board constitutes disciplinary action under the laws and rules governing the practice of medicine in Iowa. The Iowa Board issued Dr. Colby a Citation and Warning and ordered him to pay a $2,500 civil penalty. The Iowa Board also prohibited Dr. Colby from prescribing or administering controlled substances under his Iowa medical license. This practice restriction shall continue until further order of the Board, but shall not be lifted until or unless Dr. Colby fully addresses and remediates the deficiencies in his level of knowledge and skill as outlined in his CPEP evaluation report. Dr. Colby shall cooperate with the Board and CPEP to develop an appropriate training program. The Iowa Board also placed Dr. Colby on probation for a period of three years subject to Board monitoring.

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