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BLOOMINGTON — The state licenses of a longtime Bloomington-Normal physician and surgeon have been suspended based on allegations that he came to work impaired and had substance abuse issues.

Dr. Finn Amble — an ear, nose and throat, head, neck and facial plastic surgeon — agreed to the stipulations through a consent order, said Terry Horstman, representative of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

In response to questions from The Pantagraph, Amble released the following statement Tuesday night:

"Recently, during a period of physical illness, I also had an issue with alcohol for which I have voluntarily sought medical treatment and (it) is going very well. In addition, I have agreed to voluntarily suspend my medical license during treatment.

"On a practical level, there has been a transformation in the organizational structure of our overall practice and we are looking for new accommodations and are closed until that point," Amble continued. "Treating our community these past 22 years has been a distinct honor and blessing and one that I look forward to returning."

Amble's practice had been in Eastland Medical Plaza I, 1505 Eastland Drive, Suite 220, Bloomington.

According to the state agency's consent order, on Feb. 21, the department's Medical Disciplinary Board "issued an Order to Compel Examination based on allegations that Respondent (Amble) presented to work while impaired and had substance abuse issues."

Amble waived his right to an administrative review. On March 8, Amble's state physician and surgeon license and his controlled substance license were indefinitely suspended by the department for a minimum period of six months.

According to the consent order, prior to filing for restoration of the licenses, Amble must provide a report of an evaluation by a doctor approved by the department to determine whether he is capable of practicing medicine "with reasonable judgment, skill and safety."

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Health Reporter

Health reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.