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After sex-abuse conviction, physician’s license is revoked

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After sex-abuse conviction, physician’s license is revoked

Mar 29, 2024 | 4:19 pm ET
By Clark Kauffman
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After sex-abuse conviction, physician’s license is revoked
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The Iowa Board of Medicine regulates the state's medical profession as part of the Iowa Department of Inspections, Appeals and Licensing. (Photo by Getty Images, board seal courtesy the State of Iowa)

A central Iowa physician who was criminally convicted of sexual abuse in February has agreed to the revocation of his medical license.

Dr. Lynn Lindaman, a 73-year-old physician who practiced orthopedic surgery in Des Moines before he was charged last year with two counts of second-degree sexual abuse, had previously signed an agreement with the Iowa Board of Medicine in which he agreed to suspend his practice while criminal charges against him were pending.

Police alleged that on June 26, 2023, Lindaman committed a sex act in Ankeny against “a child born in 2015” by using his hands to touch the child over the child’s clothing. The next day, he allegedly touched that same area of child through “skin-to-skin contact,” according to police records.

In February, a jury found Lindaman guilty of one count of sexual abuse in the second degree. The second count of sexual abuse was dismissed by the court prior to trial. A sentence has yet to be imposed, according to court records.

Separate from the criminal case and the license revocation, Lindaman still faces a civil lawsuit brought by Sherri Moler of Eldridge. She alleges that in July 1975, when she was 14, she attended a gymnasts’ summer sports camp at the University of Iowa. Lindaman, then 24, was at the camp, working as a counselor and athletic trainer.

According to the lawsuit, Lindaman sexually assaulted Moler while treating an injury to her back. He was later arrested, and on Feb. 26, 1976, he was convicted of lascivious acts with a person under the age of 16.

The Board of Medicine later licensed Lindaman to work as an Iowa physician. When Moler learned of that in 2020, she launched an unsuccessful effort to have the board restrict or revoke Lindaman’s license. After considering Moler’s complaint, the board voted to close the case without taking any form of public disciplinary action.

A trial in the Moler lawsuit is scheduled for May 2025. The lawsuit is based on a new federal law that was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Joe Biden in September of last year. The Eliminating Limits to Justice for Child Sex Abuse Victims Act of 2022 allows sex-abuse victims to sue their attackers decades after the fact.

Editor’s note: Iowa Capital Dispatch does not identify the survivors of sexual or domestic violence unless they have chosen to publicly disclose their experience or have otherwise consented to being identified by name.

In other matters, the Iowa Board of Medicine recently took action in three other cases:

Dr. Marjorie M. Renfrow – The board issued a termination order restoring Renfrow’s license to full privileges, free and clear of all restrictions. The order states that Renfrow has successfully completed the terms of an Aug. 11, 2022 order tied to charges of inappropriate pain management. The board had alleged that while practicing in Grinnell, Renfrow failed to meet applicable standards of care in 17 patient cases. The board fined Renfrow $2,500 and restricted some aspects of her practice.

Dr. Dara Parvin – The board issued a termination order in a case involving Parvin. a 58-year-old Iowa-licensed physician who formerly practiced orthopedic surgery in Dubuque. In 2020, Parvin and the board entered into a settlement agreement after the board alleged Parvin had engaged in unprofessional conduct. According to the board, following the overconsumption of alcohol, Parvin sent suggestive social media messages to, and made unwanted advances toward, a female patient he had briefly seen in his office years before. The board also alleged Parvin sent suggestive messages to, and made unwanted advances toward, his co-workers.

Under the terms of the settlement agreement, Parvin paid a $1,500 civil penalty and was barred from using social media to contact patients or to make unwanted advances toward colleagues or co-workers. The board also placed Dr. Parvin on probation for a period of two years. The termination order approved last month restores Parvin’s medical license to full privileges, free and clear of all restrictions.

Dr. Xiaodong Wang — The board filed an undisclosed statement of charges against Wang on March 22. When asked for a copy of the charges earlier this week, officials at the Iowa Department of Inspections, Appeals and Licensing said the document will most likely be made public next week. No reason was given for the delay.