Plastic surgeon Ronald Bergman's license suspended; lawsuit dropped

A former employee who sued a prominent Des Moines plastic surgeon has dismissed her lawsuit before trial, but an emergency order from the Iowa Board of Medicine means more legal trouble for Dr. Ronald Bergman.

The dismissal by Peggy West came as the state board prepares to hold a hearing on Bergman’s fitness to continue practicing medicine. The board’s concern arises from concerns that Bergman, who is 74, might have a neurologic impairment making him unfit to practice medicine. The board suspended Bergman’s medical license on Dec. 16, and it remains suspended, according to online records.

West worked for three months in 2019 for Dr. Ronald Bergman as practice administrator for Bergman Folkers Plastic Surgery, a practice housed in a landmark mansion on Grand Avenue. She alleged that Bergman, now 74, created a workplace rife with sexual harassment for her and other female employees.

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