Doctor’s case continued until next month
by Dennis Sharkey
Doctor Ann K. Neuhaus, rural Nortonville, will have to wait another month before she will know if she loses her license to practice medicine in Kansas.
A hearing was scheduled for last Thursday by the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts Web site said the proceedings had been stayed.
Executive Director for the board, Kathleen Selzler-Lippert said there are actually two cases concerning Neuhaus before the board. She said the hearing scheduled for last week was to hear an application filed by Neuhaus to change her status from inactive to active.
Selzler-Lippert said the hearing was canceled because a pending disciplinary hearing against Neuhaus is scheduled for April 13 in front of the board.
“Either way it will impact the applicant’s status,” Selzler-Lippert said.
The board will consider a recommendation by Kansas Administrative Court Judge Ed Gaschler to revoke the medical license of Neuhaus for allegedly providing questionable abortion referrals to the late abortion doctor George Tiller in 2003.
Neuhaus currently works as a research assistant at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City and is not practicing medicine.
Neuhaus’ husband, Mike Caddell, said on Monday that his wife had a telephone conference call with her attorney Robert Eye.
Eye would not comment about what he and Neuhaus discussed but did say that if the KSBHA adopts Gaschler’s recommendation he anticipates they will file an appeal.
Eye also would not comment about the fairness of Neuhaus’s hearing before Gaschler. Neuhaus is on the record as saying the proceedings against her were biased.
“We disagree with a number of rulings that were made by the administrative hearing officer,” Eye told the Independent. “We disagree with the decision of the hearing officer.”
Cadell went a lot further and said that Governor Brownback wants a lot more than just her medical license.
“Brownback and his flunkies are determined to put (Neuhaus) in jail,” Cadell said. “We’re not going to let that happen.”
According to Neuhaus, Eye is working on her behalf for free and has paid all of her filing fees. When asked Eye declined to comment on their arrangement for compensation.
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