Medical Examining Board Disciplines Former Marshfield Clinic Doctor

By: WSAW Staff
By: WSAW Staff

The Medical Examining Board has accepted the surrender of Dr. Kevin Lang's license to practice medicine and surgery.

They released the following statement Wednesday:

Madison, WI – Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing (DRL) Secretary Celia Jackson and Medical Examining Board (MEB) Chair Sujatha Kailas, M.D. announced today that the MEB has accepted the surrender of the license and privileges of Kevin Lang, M.D., to practice medicine and surgery. The surrender settles pending discipline action against him.

In a Final Decision and Order issued at its meeting today, the MEB found that Dr. Lang, a gastroenterologist, had inappropriate sexual contact with a female patient on March 13, 2009, while she was sedated after a medical procedure he had performed on her. When confronted by his employer, Marshfield Clinic, Dr. Lang acknowledged the inappropriate contact and surrendered his hospital privileges. Dr. Lang reported his conduct to the MEB on April 6, 2009. He also acknowledged that between 2003 and 2007 he had committed additional acts of sexual misconduct while treating patients.

“This type of conduct is a serious violation of the safety, welfare and dignity of a patient that a physician should be protecting,” said Secretary Jackson. Dr. Lang has not worked as a physician since March 2009. He was suspended by the MEB in October 2009 while his case was investigated and disciplinary action was considered. Dr .Lang ultimately agreed to surrender his license.

A license surrender is reported to the National Practitioner’s Data Bank as a negative action against Dr. Lang’s license. The NPDB is a resource state licensing entities use to share information about physicians’ deficient practices.

“Should he ever attempt to apply for any type of medical license, he would need to demonstrate that he doesn’t have any psychiatric, chemical abuse or dependency condition that would interfere with his ability to safely provide services to patients and the public,” said MEB Chair, Dr. Kailas.

If Dr. Lang elects to reapply for licensure in the future, the Board retains sole discretion in deciding whether or not to grant a license. If this or a future Board elects to grant licensure in the future, the Board has the authority to impose necessary limitations, education requirements and monitoring to ensure patient safety.

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