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Mayo Clinic Health System issues statement on Dr. David Van de Loo

Eau Claire (WQOW) - Charges have been filed against a prominent Eau Claire doctor. He's been charged with sexually assaulting a patient and police say there could be more victims. 

Doctor David Van de Loo is currently in the Eau Claire County jail.  He was arrested on Wednesday on charges of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy.  Van de Loo has been a pediatrician at Mayo Clinic Health System for the past 18 years. 

According to the criminal complaint, the boy told investigators he saw Van de Loo in August for a routine sports physical.  The boy said the doctor masturbated him for 20 minutes, left the room, then returned and allegedly did it two more times.  Police say Van de Loo admitted it, but told them he did it as part of an exam because of an abnormality he had noticed.  Pediatric experts told investigators there was no medical need for what the doctor allegedly did and it was their strong opinion the teen was a victim of inappropriate sexual contact by his pediatrician. 

The Mayo Clinic Health System issued a statement saying the results of an internal investigation were surprising and deeply troubling.  They say Van de Loo was placed on administrative leave the day the allegations surfaced, and his employment ended last month.

On Tuesday, police told WQOW News 18 they received information that others may have been victimized by the doctor in a similar way. They won't say how many. Van de Loo will be in court on Thursday.

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EAU CLAIRE (Press Release) - At Mayo Clinic Health System, we hold a sacred trust with our patients to provide care with the highest level of integrity. If something happens to betray that trust, it's devastating and painful for all involved.

On Aug. 30, a complaint was filed about the care provided by one of our former physicians, Dr. David Van de Loo, a pediatric and sports medicine specialist.

Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire began a comprehensive internal investigation within hours, and the next day the physician was placed on administrative leave, away from contact with any patients. What we discovered during our internal investigation into this incident was surprising and deeply troubling to all of us.

The organization had not received previous complaints of this nature about Dr. Van de Loo and has policies that encourage staff to report any inappropriate actions by health care providers. Our extensive internal review of this incident revealed that his actions were inappropriate, outside the standard of care and a violation of the trust patients place in our organization.

Dr. Van de Loo's employment with Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire ended on Sept. 12. After his employment ended, additional patients have expressed concerns, and they are being reviewed and investigated.

We have collaborated with the Eau Claire Police Department throughout their investigation and are committed to doing so in the future. Mayo Clinic Health System reported Dr. Van de Loo to the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board on Sept. 11, and we will continue to cooperate fully with outside agencies investigating this matter.

Our top priority has always been protecting our patients. In this, and in all cases, we promptly and thoroughly review any complaints and take decisive action.

Mayo Clinic Health System is fully committed to meeting the needs of those affected by this situation. If you have any concerns or questions about this situation, please call our Customer Service Information Line at 715-464-7777. We encourage current or previous patients who may have concerns about the care provided by Dr. Van de Loo to contact us, the Eau Claire Police Department or Eau Claire County Human Services.

For information about how best to talk with your child about this topic and what's appropriate for general exams, go to mayoclinichealthsystem.org/tips-for-parents.

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