Doctor suspended from medicine for alleged alcohol and mental problems

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 02, 2011 7:10 AM

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A University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics physician has been suspended from practicing medicine after officials discovered her excessive use of alcohol inhibited her abilities, according to a release from the Iowa Board of Medicine.

Wendy Smoker, 62, drank alcohol and also had a mental condition, which both contributed to her impaired abilities, the release said. Smoker admitted to suffering from alcoholism, according to the release.

The board first filed formal charges against Smoker on June 21, 2010. The board decided Smoker, who practiced diagnostic radiology at UIHC, should serve five years of probation in addition to undergoing substance-abuse counseling and monitoring by the board, as well as a $5,000 fine.

— by Alison Sullivan

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