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Medical license suspended for Hays plastic surgeon

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The medical license of a Hays-based plastic and reconstructive surgeon has been suspended by the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts.

Dr. Kirk Potter, who has a private practice in Hays, has had his license suspended for at least six months. The suspension was effective Friday.

The state’s regulatory board has posted its final order on its website, which is heavily redacted to protect confidential information. Specific details of the case have not been made public. The full document is available here.

The document alleges Potter violated the state’s healing arts act, and states he had failed to “practice the healing arts with reasonable skill and safety.” The document also states he had allegedly committed actions “likely to harm the public.”

Potter’s medical license had been active with restrictions, following previous disciplinary sanctions from the state board. His license also had been emergently suspended from Nov. 4, 2016, to March 6, 2017.

Potter also had been arrested on DUI allegations in 2013 and 2014, according to the document.

According to the document, Potter had argued his previous license suspension should be considered his discipline. He had requested the board to dismiss the petition filed against him.

The HDN attempted to contact Potter on Thursday after the BOHA sent a news release. The call was not immediately returned.