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Doctor says sanctions hinder his job search, board agrees to terminate his probation

May 23, 2024 | 4:41 pm ET
By Clark Kauffman
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Doctor says sanctions hinder his job search, board agrees to terminate his probation
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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)

The Iowa Board of Medicine has agreed to the early termination of probation for a physician who argued the sanctions were making it difficult for him to find work.

In April 2021, the board charged Dr. Gregory Ingle of Pella with professional incompetence and placed his medical license of on probation for five years. At the time, the board alleged Ingle had engaged in incompetence with regard to the pain-management care he provided several patients.

The board issued Ingle a warning, fined him $2,500 and placed his license on probation for five years, during which time his practice would be subject to worksite monitoring by the board. In addition, Ingle was ordered to take educational training on prescribing opioids and recordkeeping,

Recently, the board agreed to terminate Ingle’s probation two years early, noting that Ingle claimed the worksite monitoring that was ordered as part of his probation was proving to be a barrier in finding work. Ingle informed the board he intended to practice medicine in some capacity, but not in a manner that would result in the prescribing of opioids.

In addition to agreeing to terminate Ingle’s probation two years earlier than expected, the board has restored his license to full privileges with the restriction that he will remain barred from prescribing opioids until April 2026.