University of Michigan doctor loses license after inappropriate interactions with patients

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Posted at 10:52 AM, Jan 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-31 10:52:34-05

(WXYZ) — A former University of Michigan pediatric rheumatologist Mark Franklin Hoeltzel had his license permanently revoked.

It came after multiple criminal sexual conduct convictions and inappropriate interactions with patients, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced.

Hoeltzel was federally convicted for coercion and enticement of a minor, and was also convicted on the state level from second and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.

“Mr. Hoeltzel repeatedly violated the law and left behind a trail of victims,” Nessel said. “We appreciate the opportunity to work with our partners at LARA to ensure that Mr. Hoeltzel never practices medicine again.”

Hoeltzel was also sentenced to 10 years in prison for the federal charge, 60 months to 15 years in prison for second-degree criminal sexual conduct and 13 months to two years for fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.

“Our LARA team took appropriate and immediate steps to protect the public once being made aware of the licensee’s harmful actions,” said LARA Director Orlene Hawks. “We appreciate the efforts of the Attorney General’s office that helped lead to the permanent revocation of Hoeltzel’s license. His actions were unconscionable and he will never be able to obtain a medical license in Michigan.”