Court upholds disciplinary action against doctor

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former Iowa doctor has lost his appeal of an Iowa Board of Medicine disciplinary action against him.

The medical board said Tuesday it found deficiencies in 71-year-old Robert Tobin’s surgical practices in 2005 and imposed certain requirements. The board says he failed to meet them and filed disciplinary charges against him in 2007, 2010, and again in 2011. In March 2012 the board suspended his license for six months and fined him $10,000.

Tobin sued but a district court judge concluded the sanctions were reasonable. The Iowa Court of Appeals last week agreed.

Tobin, a retired ophthalmologist in St. Joseph, Mo., practiced in Council Bluffs and Des Moines.

His attorney, David Brown, says serious issues remain and he plans to ask the Iowa Supreme Court to review the case.

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