The Virginia Board of Medicine has suspended the license of a doctor and military contractor, who trains soldiers on how to treat battlefield wounds, amid allegations that the doctor performed a series of seemingly bizarre experiments on some of his students.
Dr. John Henry Hagmann, 59, is the head of Deployment Medicine International, a company that has done more than $10.5 million worth of business with the federal government, Reuters reports.
In March, the Virginia Board of Medicine suspended Hagmann’s medical license, saying he “may have violated certain laws and regulations relating to the practice of medicine and surgery.”
The incidents, said to have occurred between 2012 and 2013, allegedly involved students inserting catheters into the genitals of other students. The report also alleges that Hagmann had students participate in “cognition labs” and that he administered the hypnotic drug ketamine to at least 10 students and he also “exploited” two students “for personal gain and sexual gratification.”
Other allegations include giving students doses of alcohol, administering penile nerve block procedures to at least two students, and performing “shock labs” in which students had blood withdrawn then were monitored for signs of shock before having their blood transfused back into their systems.
In a statement to Reuters, Hagmann said the allegations against him have been exaggerated by “animal rights advocates or those with an anti-military agenda.”
Hagmann has drawn criticism for years from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, for his use of live pigs in the simulation of battlefield wounds.
The animal rights group recently published to YouTube a graphic video (shown below), that was allegedly shot by an undercover activist at one of Hagmann’s facilities, and shows some of the so-called live-tissue training involving animals.
The pigs used in battlefield wound simulations were completely sedated throughout the entire activity.
Hagmann also defended the procedures listed in the medical board’s report in his statement to Reuters, saying that “the mechanisms and protocols utilized in the training all comply with standard practices for training medical students and are, in fact, utilized in medical schools in Virginia.”
He added that “claims of sexual misconduct cause me the most anguish.”
“Absolutely no ‘sexual gratification’ was involved and there is no evidence of such,” he added.
The full medical board is scheduled to convene June 19 to hear Hagmann’s case — a hearing that could result in the total revocation of Hagmann’s license.