The Iowa Board of Medicine has filed a host of disciplinary charges against an area obstetrician and gynecologist practicing in Moline, Silvis, Morrison and Clinton, Iowa.
Dr. Steven Paul Breaux, 55, of Port Byron, was charged on Friday with counts of professional incompetency, unethical or unprofessional conduct, falsely procuring and representing information on a medical license and conducting a practice that is harmful or detrimental to the public.
A disciplinary hearing will be held April 11-12 in Des Moines to review the allegations.
The statement of charges accuses Dr. Breaux of acting "contrary to honesty, justice or good morals," including prescribing unnecessarily large drug doses and not giving effective treatment to patients. Additionally, he is accused of treating Clinton nursing staff members poorly between 2009 and 2011.
The charges further claim on his December 2011 application for license renewal, Dr. Breaux did not divulge his hospital privileges at Mercy Medical Center, Clinton, had been suspended in February 2011 because of "serious quality of care concerns and disruptive behavior."
Dr. Breaux is ordered to issue a formal answer within 20 days of receiving the charges.
Dr. Breaux's Iowa medical license was issued in 2006 and is active until Jan. 1, 2014. He also holds an Illinois license, active since 1998, according to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
Today is Sunday, Dec. 8, the 342nd day of 2013. There are 23 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: For the whole of last week we have been favored with the most delightful Indian summer weather, and mercury ranging from 40 to 65 above zero. The river is entirely clear of ice and looks as mild and soft as summer. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Albert Johnson was appointed a deputy in the circuit clerk's office. 1913 -- 100 years ago: 800 or more tons of earth in six landslides covered 38th Street for a distance of 200 feet near 7th Avenue and destroyed much property. 1938 -- 75 years ago: One of the 350-foot towers, which with a new transmitter will increase the power of WHBF to 1,000 watts day and night, has been completed on a 20-acre tract at 23rd Avenue and 51st Street, Moline. 1963 -- 50 years ago: In cooperation with The Associated Press, The Argus presents to its readers a complete, beginning-to-end account of one of the most tragic and dreadful chapters in American history, the assassination of President Kennedy, available in book form, and now in preparation. The book is entitled "The Torch is Passed." 1988 -- 25 years ago: Deere & Co. stockholders received good news of a boost in their quarterly dividends from 20 to 30 cents per share of common stock. The dividend, made to stockholders of record on Dec. 30, will be payable on Feb. 1, 1989.