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Medical board charges Sioux City plastic surgeon with incompetency

Medical board charges Sioux City plastic surgeon with incompetency

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Dr. Adam Smith, a plastic surgeon with Tri-State Specialists in Sioux City, talks about various cosmetic surgery products. The Iowa Board of Medicine has charged Smith with providing inappropriate care to patients.

DES MOINES -- A Sioux City plastic surgeon has been charged by a state board with professional incompetency. He is accused of providing inappropriate surgical care to 17 patients during a three-year period.

The Iowa Board of Medicine says Dr. Adam Smith has engaged in harmful practices, unethical or unprofessional conduct, inappropriate prescribing of drugs, improper medical record management and making misleading or deceptive representations to patients.

A hearing is scheduled for Oct. 17-18 before the board in Des Moines.

The statement of charges, filed July 18, alleges that Smith provided inappropriate care to patients between December 2014 to September 2017. His actions pertained to the following areas of care: patient selection, surgical choice, informed consent, surgical execution, surgical judgment and decision making, postoperative care, excessive prescribing of narcotics and other drugs, medical record keeping and coding and billing practices.

The charging document did not list specific details that were the basis for the charges.

Smith, who is affiliated with Tri-State Specialists, did not immediately return a message left with his office Wednesday afternoon.

Two former patients have filed separate lawsuits alleging improper care against Smith in Woodbury County District Court.

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In one lawsuit, the former patient says Smith performed a buttocks lift surgery on her and inserted breast implants in her buttocks instead of gluteal implants. The woman said she had to have two corrective surgeries performed by a different surgeon to remove the implants.

In the second lawsuit, another former patient said that Smith's jagged incisions in her abdomen caused infections and other complications. Smith also botched a second surgery for breast reduction, the woman said, requiring corrective surgery on her breasts.

According to his biography on the Tri-State Specialists website, Smith received his medical degree from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine in Rootstown, Ohio. He did his residency at Michigan State University and was fellowship trained at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

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