Doctor loses license for mishandling Nassar survivor case

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A former Michigan State University psychologist has been forced to surrender his license after accusations he failed to follow state mandates that could have stopped Larry Nassar in 2004.

Kyle Stephens previously testified her parents took her to see Gary Stollak more than a decade ago after she told them Nassar abused her. Despite disclosing the abuse to him, Stephens said Stollak never notified the proper authorities about the allegations.

Stollak also set up a meeting between Nassar and Stephens’ parents, according to Stephens, which allowed Nassar to deny the allegations.

In a Friday news release, LARA said Stollak didn’t contest the finding that he violated state public health code for negligence or “failure to exercise due care” in the case.

The state order demanding Stollak permanently surrender his license stated Stollak had previously retired from his private practice. He retired from MSU in 2010 after 47 years with the university. 

During Nassar’s preliminary hearing last year, Stollak told a judge he suffered a stroke after retiring and now has memory issues. 

LARA is currently investigating several MSU officials in relation to the Nassar scandal, including Dr. William Strampel, Dr. Brooke Lemmen, and athletic trainers Destiny Teachnor-Hauk and Lianna Hadden.

The agency closed other investigations into Dr. Jeffrey Kovan and Dr. Douglas Dietzel in July, saying it could not substantiate any public health code violations in their cases.

***CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story stated Gary Stollak lost his medical license, when in fact it was his license to practice psychology. We regret this error, which has since been corrected.***

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