Former patient's family sues Iowa City VA for knowingly hiring neurosurgeon with revoked license: 3 things to know

Written by Laura Dyrda | June 26, 2019 | Print  |

The family of a former patient at the Iowa City Veterans Affairs hospital filed a lawsuit against the hospital, alleging malpractice for hiring a neurosurgeon whose license had been revoked in another state prior to his time in Iowa City, according to the Des Moines Register.


Three things to know:

1. The Iowa City VA hired John Henry Schneider, MD, in 2017. The neurosurgeon had previously had his license revoked in Wyoming due to "poor patient care," violating a law that states physicians with their licenses revoked in one state are not eligible to work for the VA.

2. Dr. Schneider operated on a veteran during his time in Iowa City, who allegedly died due to complications from the procedure. Dr. Schneider resigned from his post shortly thereafter.

3. During the hiring process, Dr. Schneider disclosed his licensure history to the Iowa City VA, noting that although his license was revoked in Wyoming, he maintained a medical license in Montana. The Iowa City VA hired him anyway.

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