Omaha Sen. Ernie Chambers has filed a complaint with the state's professional and occupational investigations office against a Lincoln doctor.

The doctor, Stephen Haudrich, is at the center of a lawsuit filed by a trooper earlier this month against the state, that said female trooper candidates are put through medically unnecessary and sexually invasive examinations that are not required of men. 

Brienne Splittgerber, who was part of the patrol's graduating class in 2015, alleged in the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court the exams are unconstitutional and discriminatory. 

She alleged the Lincoln physician, selected by the State Patrol to do the exams, instructed her in a September 2014 exam to take off her pants, lie on the table and position herself to expose her genitalia and anus, apparently to check for a hernia. 

Her attorney, Tom White of Omaha, said there is no legitimate medical purpose for the procedure in a pre-employment physical exam. 

Haudrich, who practices family medicine with Concentra Urgent Care in Lincoln, holds an active physician license in Nebraska issued in 1993, with an expiration date of Oct. 1, 2018. 

The complaint by Chambers is focused on what he believes are inappropriate actions by the doctor. 

"Such problematic conduct by a doctor brings disrepute to the medical profession and casts a pall of doubt and suspicion over every type of female pelvic examination," Chambers said in the complaint. 

He said a contract with a law enforcement agency to do pre-employment exams does not nullify a doctor's obligation to comply with ethical, legal and professional standards governing the practice of medicine. 

He said no action on the complaint by the Department of Health and Human Services could lead women and the public at large to lose trust in the integrity of HHS, the medical profession and particular types of treatments and exams. 

The complaint process within the department calls for review to determine if there is sufficient legal cause to conduct an investigation. The investigations office would look at whether it would be reasonable to believe the allegation, if substantiated, would result in discipline against the doctor's license. 

A thorough and complete investigation takes considerable time and effort, the department said.

The attorney general reviews each investigation and could file a petition to discipline the subject of the complaint, negotiate a voluntary surrender or limits on his or her license or get assurance of compliance from the licensee.

Investigation records are not public, the department said.  

Haudrich did not return a call from the Journal Star, but a spokeswoman for Select Medical earlier declined comment citing patient confidentiality. She said the safety and care of patients was a top priority.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7228 or jyoung@journalstar.com

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JoAnne Young covers state government, including the Legislature and state agencies, and the people they serve.

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