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A Lincoln orthopedic surgeon who was accused of practicing medicine and performing surgery while under the influence has agreed to a six-month suspension of his medical license.

The suspension against Scott Strasburger, who has a medical practice in Lincoln, is retroactive to Nov. 26, the day he was accused of showing up at the Lincoln Surgery Center in an impaired state, according to documents released Tuesday by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

The suspension agreement was dated Dec. 23, one day after the Nebraska Attorney General's office filed a petition for disciplinary action against Strasburger, alleging he refused to submit to a drug test during the Nov. 26 incident and was prevented from performing surgery.

The 51-year-old Strasburger, who is a former Nebraska football player and later served as a team physician, has a documented substance abuse history dating back more than a year, according to the petition.

The petition said Strasburger tested positive for an unspecified controlled substance during an October 2013 screening requested by his previous employer, Nebraska Orthopedic and Sports Medicine in Lincoln.

Strasburger, who had worked at that clinic since 1997, was placed in a residential treatment program in November 2013. He completed it the following month and went through outpatient treatment that ended in January.

In July, Strasburger took another drug test at Phelps Memorial Health Center in Holdrege and again tested positive for an unspecified controlled substance. His surgeries and clinical appointments were all canceled, according to the petition, and he resigned from that center.

In order to reinstate his license, Strasburger will have to show proof that he has successfully completed a drug treatment program and complied with aftercare treatment recommendations.

Strasburger was a defensive end for the Huskers from 1981 to 1984 and was named a third-team All-American and a two-time All-Big Eight selection. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 1985.

In February, he opened his own clinic, Strasburger Orthopaedics. According to his website, Strasburger specializes in shoulder and rotator cuff issues, knee replacements and other sports injuries.

A phone message left at the clinic on Tuesday was not immediately returned.

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This article contains file material from The Associated Press.

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Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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