A state medical panel took Dr. Lori Hansen off indefinite probation Thursday, restoring full medical privileges to an award-winning plastic surgeon. Hansen, the wife of a former prosecutor, has waged a public battle against her addiction to narcotics.
The action Thursday by the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision means Hansen can again write prescriptions for controlled substances and will not be subject to restrictions some insurance companies and medical organizations have regarding doctors on probation.
Lyle Kelsey, the Oklahoma Medical Board executive director, said Hansen has been sober for about five years. The board has found through its research of doctors with substance abuse issues that when someone hits the five-year sobriety mark, he or she can usually lead successful careers, he said.
Over the past 10 years, Hansen, 59, has been before the board several times for issues related to substance abuse.
Last year, she told The Oklahoman about her struggle with addiction.
“If the Lord gave me this path to walk, He did so for a reason. I want to honor Him by giving Him glory for getting me through it,” she said.
She began taking hydrocodone in 1997 for back pain after car accidents and eventually got to the point where she would take the drug from the sample cabinet at her office or write her own prescriptions. Her staff confronted her about her drug problem in 2000.
A former Miss Oklahoma USA, Hansen has appeared on numerous national television talk shows and in 2011 won a national award for best surgical facial rejuvenation.
On Wednesday, Gov. Mary Fallin appointed Hansen's husband, Wes Lane, former Oklahoma County district attorney, as chairman of the Oklahoma Commission for Human Services.