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Female doctor loses license after performing colonoscopy under the influence of alcohol

By Mason White 4:57 PM November 25, 2014
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By: Wayne Morin
A female doctor will no longer be able to practice medicine after admitting to performing a colonoscopy under the influence of alcohol, the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine ruled on Friday.

The former doctor of a Cape Cod hospital, had her license to practice medicine suspended indefinitely.

The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine said that it took the action against Dr. Kathleen E. Koehler after she admitted to ethics violations.

Koehler also admitted to being charged with drunk and negligent operation of a motor vehicle by police. Koehler had been a licensed physician in Massachusetts since 1985.

According to the investigation, Koehler entered the Caron Treatment Center in Pennsylvania, and performed a colonoscopy procedure on a patient under the influence of alcohol.

In another incident, Koehler was arrested by police in Yarmouth, for operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol. After a probation period of one year and completing a program, the charge was dismissed.