Decision Upheld

By: Assocaited Press
By: Assocaited Press

The revocation of a former Eau Claire neurosurgeon's medical license by the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board has been upheld by a state Court of Appeals.

The three-judge 3rd District court Wednesday rejected Thomas Rankin's arguments that the board did not have sufficient evidence and was arbitrary in revoking his license.

Rankin lost his license in 2000 after the board determined he had lied about his criminal background on a 1993 license application.

Rankin, who operated at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire from 1993 to 1999, has been the target of 42 lawsuits, most for malpractice.

At the heart of the conflict are 27 misdemeanor charges Rankin was convicted of in 1988 in Pennsylvania. They were nine counts each of forgery, false sales tax returns and false reports.

Officials say that, when he later applied to practice medicine in Wisconsin, Rankin said on an application that he had never been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony.

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