The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

February 2, 2014

Two Clinton doctors sanctioned by Board of Medicine

Herald Staff Report


The Iowa Board of Medicine has reviewed and sanctioned two Clinton doctors. 

Amjad Butt, 57, and Oduah D. Osaro, 53, cannot perform various practices under the sanctions.

On Sept. 17, 2008, Butt was charged with engaging in a pattern of unprofessional conduct. A press release from the board stated that Butt made unwanted phone calls to a nurse, "insisted" to meet alone with another nurse where he threatened her job and to "crush" her, and asked an employee "in a joking manner" to leave her husband and have his child.

Butt was ordered to pay a $5,000 civil penalty and complete a board approved program. He appealed the board's 2011 ruling. The board found on Dec. 20 that Butt "engaged in offensive, threatening and intimidating conduct toward clinic staff."

The board also stated Butt's conduct has the potential to interfere with patient care and effective health care. The board affirmed its original findings, and Butt will serve five years of probation for his actions.

Formal disciplinary charges were brought against Osaro on Jan. 24 and said the Iowa Department of Human Services terminated Osaro's participation as a Medicaid provider on March 29, 2013. That finding was reaffirmed June 3, 2013.

Osaro's alleged violation stemmed from charging multiple Medicaid recipients for office visits without submitting the covered services to Medicaid for payment. 

"The amount charged by Dr. Osaro was in excess of the amount paid by Medicaid," the board's press release said.

The Board of Medicine alleges Osaro violated the law by engaging in unethical or unprofessional conduct relating to the Medicaid program. A hearing on the matter is scheduled for March 20.