Medical Board Hires New General Counsel

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ An assistant attorney general is the new general counsel for the state board that licenses and regulates doctors.

He is William Scott Hesse, and he plans to begin his new job Aug. 18. The Board of Healing Arts announced his appointment Friday.

He replaces Mark Stafford, who stepped down June 1 after legislators sought personnel changes at the board.

Critics saw the board as too slow in investigating allegations of misconduct against physicians and too lax in its punishment.

The most recent high-profile case involved a Wichita-area physician who faces 34 federal charges, including unlawful distribution of a controlled substance resulting in death. He maintains his innocence.

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