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Iowa surgeon under fire by state board

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IOWA FALLS (KWWL)-- An Iowa Falls surgeon has been accused of sterilizing a woman despite her objections.

The Iowa Board of Medicine says Dr. George Pfaltzgraff performed a tubal ligation on the woman last year. According to board documents, the patient did not want the operation.

The operation sterilized the patient permanently.

The board has charged Pfaltzgraff with failing to conform to the minimal standard of acceptable and prevailing practice of medicine in Iowa.

Pfaltzgraff is a general surgeon at Ellsworth Municipal Hospital in Iowa Falls. Hospital spokeswoman Jennifer King says Pfaltzgraff remains an active member of the staff.

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