SIOUX CITY | The Iowa Board of Medicine has fined a Sioux City gynecologist for mistakenly removing a woman’s healthy ovaries during a hysterectomy. A civil suit also has been filed.
Dr. Kevin Hamburger, 50, was fined $7,500 for the incident.
Hamburger did not respond to messages at his office, Siouxland Women's Health Care. The office administrator, Julie Bartow, said Hamburger is still working at the practice. She would not comment about the situation.
It is the first time Hamburger has been cited by the board, which issues state medical licenses, since he became a doctor in 1993. The board in a statement said Hamburger apologized for the mistake.
Hamburger also is being sued for damages related to the July 29, 2011, incident. According to the lawsuit filed in April, patient Erin Rehan, 29, was told by Hamburger that her ovaries would not be removed during the procedure. A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus.
Rehan and her attorney, Paul Lundberg, did not respond to messages asking for comments about the lawsuit or the board's decision. A representative from Lundberg's office said he wouldn't comment on pending litigation.
Rehan is seeking damages of more than $10,000 for severe and permanent physical, mental and emotional injury. It accuses Hamburger of professional negligence and medical battery. A Nov. 19 trial is scheduled.
Attorney John Gray, who represents Hamburger, said he would not comment about the allegations.
The Board of Medicine announced the fine Thursday. It also requires Hamburger to submit a plan describing how he’ll avoid future errors.