Iowa Board of Medicine reaches settlements local physicians

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 28, 2012 6:30 AM

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The Iowa Board of Medicine reached settlements with three Iowa physicians earlier this month.

Anjalki Gupta, who practiced radiation and oncology in Iowa City and Sioux City, was charged in November with willfully and/or repeatedly violating a lawful order of the board when she failed to comply with a drug-screening program, according to court documents published on the Board of Medicine's website. A settlement agreement and order approved by the board Feb. 9 set forth penalties and terms of her indefinite probation, which, if violated, would result in her Iowa medical license being suspended or revoked.

Pradeep Sarswat voluntarily surrendered his Iowa medical license after the board recently received information indicating he engaged in sexual harassment of a female staff worker at the Iowa Medical & Classification Center in Oakdale, according to court documents. Sarswat had previously been on probation for drug use and sexual harassment, terms of which were terminated in January 2010.

Vernon Varner's request to reinstate his Iowa medical license was denied by the board, according to a press release. Varner is a 69-year-old physician who practiced in Iowa City, Carroll, and Des Moines. The board said Varner "failed to establish that he fully complied with the conditions for reinstatement and that he failed to establish that the reasons for the suspension of his license no longer exist."

— by Beth Bratsos

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