Regulators abandon discipline against U. Iowa doc

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Regulators have withdrawn disciplinary action against a University of Iowa doctor whose attorney says she was unfairly accused of abusing alcohol.

The Iowa Board of Medicine last month abandoned disciplinary cases against Wendy Smoker it filed in 2011 and 2012.

The step came after an appeals court blasted the board in May for mishandling allegations that Smoker, a recovering alcoholic, had resumed drinking. The court said the board conducted a “blatantly subpar investigation” and unfairly sanctioned Smoker despite no evidence that her ability to practice medicine was compromised by a 2009 relapse in which she drank wine at a professional dinner.

The Iowa Supreme Court let the ruling stand.

Smoker’s attorney, David Brown, said Tuesday the board will have to pay back more than $12,000 in settlements and court costs.

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