LODI - Dr. Kyle Robert Krueger, 51, who has worked as an emergency physician at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Stockton and at San Joaquin General Hospital in French Camp, and who now operates a weight-loss and anti-aging clinic in Lodi, has had his license to practice medicine suspended by the state pending a hearing.
The Osteopathic Medical Board of California took the action May 5 after receiving information from the Lodi Police Department and California Highway Patrol regarding Krueger's recent arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence. It is at least his fifth DUI arrest.
His latest DUI arrest, on Feb. 28, came just 25 days after he pleaded guilty Feb. 3 in San Joaquin County Superior Court in Lodi to another DUI charge that occurred Nov. 7. In that case, his blood-alcohol level was reported above 0.20 percent, or more than 21/2 times higher than the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
Krueger should not have been driving Feb. 28 because his license was suspended, according to court documents, and at the time of his arrest he was also charged with misdemeanor hit-and-run driving for hitting an object other than a vehicle and leaving the scene.
The May 5 order suspending Krueger's license, signed by administrative law judge Karen Brandt, states that permitting him "to continue to engage in the practice of medicine as an osteopathic physician will endanger the public health, safety and welfare. Serious injury would result to the public before this matter can be heard on regular notice."
The order also noted that Krueger's "acts of dishonesty" were "of a particularly egregious nature" and his "problems with alcohol are becoming increasingly severe." The order stated that he was no longer competent to practice medicine safely.
Krueger could not be reached to comment for this story following numerous attempts over two days. An outgoing phone message and a signed note taped to the door of The Krueger Clinic, his Lodi weight-loss and anti-aging clinic at 315 N. California St., said the office has been closed for the month of May because of health issues and that Krueger would return June 1.
When Krueger applied for his osteopathic medical license in 1992, he was immediately put on five years' probation because of three previous DUI arrests between 1988 and 1990. He successfully completed the terms of his probation, and it was lifted in 1997.
According to officials with St. Joseph's Medical Center and San Joaquin General Hospital, Krueger has not worked in their emergency departments since spring 2008.
Dr. Kyle Krueger's brother, Dr. Marc Randall Krueger - who also practiced in Lodi - had his osteopathic medical license suspended by the state May 22, 2008. No hearing has been held yet to determine his guilt, and the accusations against Marc Krueger were amended as recently as May 4. He was charged with DUI in April.
Eight years ago, Marc Krueger almost lost his physician's license after pleading guilty in court to obtaining drugs - hydrocodone, lorazepam and Vicodin - with a forged prescription. The Osteopathic Medical Board stayed the revocation of his license and instead placed him on five years' probation.
"Anti-aging" doctor facing more charges. The Medical Board of California has charged Edmund Chein of violating the probation to which he agreed in 2005. The accusation states:
In 2010, following an incident in which he displayed a handgun and slashed the tires of someone's car, Chein was convicted of vandalism and placed on summary probation for three years. He was also ordered to serve thirty days in jail, pay fines and fees totaling $180, and complete three months of anger management.
Chein violated the terms of his medical license probation by getting into trouble and by failing to report the conviction to the board.
Chein operates the Palm Springs Life Extension Institute in Palm Springs, California. In the 2005 case, he settled charges of unprofessional conduct by agreeing to (a) pay $10,000 to the State of California for costs, (b) take courses in ethics, prescribing practices, and recordkeeping, (c) refrain from making unsubstantiated advertising claims, and (d) either have his practice monitored or participate in an intensive professional enhancement program.
Dr. Edmund Chein
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