54393 PM-KS--UFODoctor AP-RG LOCAL NEWS RUSH 263 04/12 10:03 PM PM-KS--UFO Doctor,0280 (3032k0ks--nr010) Ottawa Doctor Regains License From Board Of Healing Arts TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - An Ottawa physician whose license was suspended in 1989, partly because of his belief in UFOs and extraterrestrials, has regained the right to practice. In a voice vote Saturday, the Kansas Board of Healing Arts lifted the suspension against Dr. Scott Corder, whose license was suspended in March 1989. The board effectively said that Corder was now competent to practice medicine, but it did not say he was mentally competent when his license originally was suspended in 1989. Corder can resume his medical practice as soon as he renews malpractice insurance required by state law, the board said. Corder, who still has a lawsuit pending against the board and its former executive director, Richard Gannon, said he was surprised but delighted by the board's action. The past three years have been an ordeal, but one Corder has been ``able to tolerate because of my religious beliefs,'' he said. The suspension cost Corder $350,000 in savings and other assets, including his home, he said. Corder's attorney said Corder will try to recoup that loss from the board through the pending lawsuit. When the board suspended Corder's license, it said he was unable to practice medicine with ``reasonable skill and safety to patients as a result of a mental condition.'' Corder had refused to submit to a mental evaluation by a board-appointed psychiatrist. But three other psychiatrists and a psychologist all later found that Corder was competent to practice medicine. Corder said he expected his skills to be rusty after months of not practicing medicine, but he does not doubt his skills. ``It's like riding a bicycle. It all comes back to you very quickly,'' he said.
65149 AM-KS--UFODoctor AP-RG LOCAL NEWS RUSH 215 04/13 6:23 PM AM-KS--UFO Doctor,0250 (3105k0ks--nr010) Newly-Reinstated Doctor Says He Needs Cash OTTAWA, Kan. (AP) - Now that he has recovered his license to practice medicine, Dr. Scott Corder says he will return to work if he can about $17,000. Corder, whose license was suspended in 1989 partly because of his belief in UFOs and extraterrestrials, said he needs about $7,000 to pay for state-required malpractice insurance. He also needs about $10,000 to pay for an office, equipment and employees, he said. Raising the money may be difficult, he said. ``A lot will depend on the insurance company and how they view the past,'' Corder said. ``That may not be as big a problem as funding (for an office.)'' Corder said he may set up a medical van to make house calls. ``It's kind of a dream,'' he said. ``That's the kind of medicine I want to practice.'' The Kansas Board of Healing Arts Saturday lifted its suspension of Corder's license, effectively saying he is competent to practice medicine. But the board did not say that Corder was mentally competent at the time of the suspension. Corder is suing the board and its former executive director, Richard Gannon, for losses due to his suspension. Corder said he lost about $350,000. Corder refused to submit to a mental evaluation by a board-appointed psychiatrist. But three other psychiatrists and a psychologist all found him competent to practice medicine.
DOCTOR WHO WROTE UFO BOOK IS SUSPENDED INDEFINITELY --------- STAR, Kansas City, MO - Aug. 19, 1991 CR: V.White ---------
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TOPEKA - The Kansas Board of Healing Arts has turned a temporary suspension
into an indefinite one for Stephan Corder, a former family physician who has refused to submit to a mental evaluation following publication of his 1989 book on unidentified flying objects. His license was suspended in March 1989 and board members ordered him tio submit to a mental examination because they thought his beliefs about UFOs could affect his ability as a doctor. The board made the suspension indefinite Saturday because of Corder's refusal to get a mental exam. The former Ottawa, Kan., physician has lost every battle in his effort to win back his license. In May, a retired judge denied Corder's administrative appeal by ruling in favor of the board on all issues in the dispute. Corder has filed a lawsuit against the board in Shawnee County District Court.
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4985 AP-UFO Women APR GENERAL NEWS RUSH 585 09/27/91 06:15:12 UFO Believers Reported Missing, Then Turn Up En Route to Israel (AP2var ) By MICHAEL BATES Associated Press Writer RUSSELL, Kan. (AP) - four UFO believers whose unexplained disappearance worried this small Kansas town for days turned up at a Washington, D.C., airport on their way to Israel. Interviews with the women Thursday confirmed they left Russell voluntarily, said Sheriff Bob Balloun. Relatives of the four women had all expressed concerns when they disappeared earlier this month, and Balloun said sheriff's deputies spent days chasing down leads. FBI agents interviewed the women as they were preparing to leave for Tel Aviv, Balloun said. They were traveling with Scott Corder, a physician from Ottawa, in eastern Kansas, who lost his medical license in 1989 for mental unfitness after revealing he believed in UFOs. "The FBI agents talked to them. They identified themselves. They talked freely and said they were OK. They said they were traveling of their own free will," Balloun said. The women's disappearances were initially treated lightly by townspeople in Russell, a west-central Kansas town of about 5,000, the hometown of Republican Sen. Bob Dole. Two convenience stores posted signs this week saying ''Official UFO Fuel Stop'' and "Free Mars Bar With Every UFO Fill Up." But the jokes were replaced by concern as the disappearances continued to confound family members and investigators. Marcia Brock, 46, a Russell high school teacher, and her daughters, University of Kansas students Stephanie, 20, and Sonya, 21, were last seen Sept. 9 at the funeral of a friend who also believed in UFOs. Donna Butts, 39, was reported missing from her home southeast of Russell on Sept. 17. Mrs. Butts has written two books, one with Corder, suggesting that angel-bearing UFOs will rescue chosen survivors from a nuclear holocaust.