TOPEKA, Kan. — More lawsuits have been filed against a former physician assistant accused of sexual battery and other crimes at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Leavenworth.
At least three lawsuits filed earlier this year in U.S. District Court in Kansas accuse Mark Wisner of conducting unnecessary and improper genital examinations at the Leavenworth VA Medical Center.
Wisner surrendered his medical license last year after at least seven patients accused him of abuse, and medical regulators said at the time that others could come forward. Wisner agreed in a consent order last year that he violated the law by having inappropriate sexual contact with patients and overprescribing medication.
Court records show Wisner now faces a dozen lawsuits, with four filed within the past two months and the latest filed last week, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported (http://j.mp/2cNyLWT). The new lawsuits also accuse Wisner of improper genital examinations.
The most recent lawsuit, filed Sept. 13 by a Gulf War veteran identified only as John Doe, alleges Wisner conducted numerous genital examinations without using medical gloves, fondled the man’s genitals and made remarks about his anatomy.
U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran questioned VA Secretary Bob McDonald during a recent Senate hearing, saying Wisner disclosed a criminal record on his application for state licensure.
“The VA hired him anyway. Clearly, he should never have been hired and never have been retained as an employee of the VA,” Moran said.
McDonald said his understanding was that Wisner was immediately removed from caring for patients once an accusation was made. The VA immediately began an investigation, McDonald said. The hiring process was also examined, he said.
Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com