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Jim Doyle

Governor

Celia M. Jackson

Secretary

WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF

REGULATION & LICENSING

1400 E Washington Ave

PO Box 8935

Madison WI  53708-8935

Email:  web@drl.state.wi.us

Voice:  608-266-2112

FAX:  608-251-3016

TTY:  608-267-2416

NEWS RELEASE

David W. Carlson, Communications Officer
davidw.carlson@wisconsin.gov,  608.266.6795 or 608.516.0558 (cell)

October 22, 2009

Marshfield Physician Suspended

Madison, WI -Medical Examining Board (MEB) Chair Gene Musser, M.D. announced today that the medical license of Kevin A. Lang, M.D. of Marshfield, a gastroenterologist, has been suspended while a complaint against him is investigated and disciplinary actions proceed. Lang is accused of having sexual contact with patients while they were under sedation after endoscopic examinations and procedures he performed. 

At its meeting yesterday, the MEB found probable cause to believe that Lang's alleged conduct constitutes a danger to the public health, safety or welfare which requires emergency suspension of his license to practice medicine. Last month, the MEB found probable cause that Lang committed actions which constitute unprofessional conduct and authorized the Department of Regulation and Licensing to file a formal complaint against him with an Administrative Law Judge.

The petition for summary suspension, which was presented to the MEB and approved yesterday, said a female patient reported Lang touched her inappropriately on March 13, 2009 as she was recovering from sedation after the completion of a procedure. According to the petition, Lang acknowledged the incident when confronted by officials at the Marshfield Clinic where he worked.  Lang subsequently surrendered his hospital privileges, reported his conduct to the Medical Examining Board and sought immediate treatment.  While in a behavioral treatment program earlier this year, Lang disclosed that he had committed 11 acts of sexual misconduct against patients between 2003 and 2007 as they went in and out of consciousness following their procedures.

Before final discipline is imposed, Lang will be entitled to an evidentiary hearing at which DRL has the burden of proving violations to a preponderance of the evidence.

About The Department of Regulation and Licensing:

The Department of Regulation and Licensing and the related professional boards, license and regulate 132 different types of credentials in more than 58 professional fields.  The Department issues approximately 27,500 new credentials each year and renews 350,000 credentials each biennium.  The agency also provides centralized administrative services to 64 boards, councils, and advisory committees. The Department of Regulation and Licensing protects the citizens of Wisconsin by ensuring the safe and competent practice of licensed professionals through regulation, education, experience, examination, practice standards, and compliance.

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