Profile in Valor: Emergency Physician, Former State Senator, Dr. David Hartsuch

Doctor Takes on Iowa Medical Board for Using "Prior Restraint" to Strip Freedom of Speech and Impede Community Standard of Care

By Peter A. McCullough, MD, MPH

I was sitting in the front of a large ballroom at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons when a booming voice from the back of the room said the medical boards could be sued pro se (by an individual) for violation of our civil liberties.

It was emergency physician and former State Senator Dr. David Hartsuch (R-IA). So I took the liberty of inviting him on my show to learn more about what he was saying. As you will learn from this interview, Dr. Hartsuch is a man of action. His treatment of acute COVID-19 was bold and innovative with advances in salt-water balance and attention to the most severe cases so they did not end up in the hospital.

In response to crushing prohibition of hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin, Dr. Hartsuch did not sit back and take it, he went out and proactively went after the Iowa Medical Board for not following due process with board approval for these new and illegal proclamations against drugs doctors had found useful and incorporated into the evolving standard of care for high-risk COVID-19.

On offense, not defense, Hartsuch is suing the Iowa State Medical Board for their actions that injured patients and doctors for what he calls “prior restraint.” Prior restraint is judicial suppression of material that would be published or broadcast, on the grounds that it is libelous or harmful. In US law, the First Amendment severely limits the ability of the government and their state actors (i.e. medical and pharmacy boards) to do this.

Please be sure to listen to this wide-ranging and very useful interview with one of America’s true medical heroes, Dr. David Hartsuch.

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Peter A. McCullough, MD, MPH

President, McCullough Foundation


David Hartsuch MD MS, 3rd