Crime & Courts

Board suspends license of Wichita doctor charged with federal crimes

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A state board on Friday suspended the medical license of a Wichita doctor facing federal charges.

The suspension of Steven Henson is “based on documents recently filed,” said an e-mail from Kathleen Selzler Lippert, executive director of the Kansas Board of Healing Arts.

On Jan. 14, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced that Henson, 54, had been indicted on drug and money-laundering charges. Henson is facing 31 criminal counts. Some of the charges allege that he diverted prescription drugs to the streets, including medication that led to the overdose death of one patient last summer. Henson has pleaded not guilty.

His defense attorney, Kurt Kerns, said Friday that he couldn’t talk about the license suspension.

Kerns had recently said that Henson still had a medical license but had volunteered to stop issuing prescriptions for controlled substances.

The indictment against Henson says that if he is convicted, among the items he would forfeit would be his Kansas medical license, issued in 1990.

The Board of Healing Arts has acted against Henson before. In December 1999, the board publicly censured the doctor and ordered him to pay a $5,000 fine.

The board alleged that in February 1998, while Henson was director of a Wichita hospital’s emergency department, he gave his own urine sample as the sample for a doctor to submit for a drug test, according to a document on file with the board. The other doctor had allegedly been seen smoking marijuana at his home, the document said.

Tim Potter: 316-268-6684, @terporter