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Published August 21, 2013, 06:00 PM

Fargo surgeon has license reinstated

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A Fargo doctor says he can't wait to practice medicine again after having his license suspended more than a year ago. Dr. Jon Norberg was acquitted in November of damaging claims from his ex-wife. Even jury members stepped forward in his defense.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A Fargo doctor says he can't wait to practice medicine again after having his license suspended more than a year ago. Dr. Jon Norberg was acquitted in November of damaging claims from his ex-wife. Even jury members stepped forward in his defense.

Dr. Jon Norberg – Medical License Reinstated: "I am eager to get back."

Dr. Jon Norberg is ready to be back in the operating room after the North Dakota State Board of Medical Examiners gave him the go ahead.

Dr. Jon Norberg: “They had a meeting and they voted and it passed unanimously to reactivate my license. So, I’m ecstatic.”

Duane Houdek - Executive Secretary, North Dakota State Medical Board: "The board concluded that it would be safe for him, safe for the public, for him to practice, and that he would do so competently."

Norberg has been petitioning to get back his suspended license since March, after his bitter legal battles wrapped up.

Dr. Jon Norberg: “When the trial was ongoing, it was incredibly nerve wracking.”

At that time, he had no idea if he'd ever be able to practice. His then wife Alonna Norberg was testifying that he drugged her with Propofol, and then raped her while she was unconscious - claims that severely damaged his reputation.

Dr. Jon Norberg: “Rumors that actually make it to the media are that much more painful and hard to insulate my kids from those things. That's hard. It was really hard.”

A jury acquitted Norberg of all charges back in November here in Cass County, and after the trial, some even wrote letters to the state board of medical examiners, supporting him.

Duane Houdek: "I think it was most, if not all of them."

Their letters asked the board to allow him to practice.

Duane Houdek: "Is it rare to get letters from jurors? Sure, because that doesn't happen that often."

Going even further, calling Norberg a "careful, cautious, and excellent surgeon."

Dr. Jon Norberg: “That was awesome. Within a couple hours of the verdict being returned and everything else, they contacted my defense attorney and offered to do whatever they could to help."

Now, he says he'll work to thank everyone who fought for him.

Dr. Jon Norberg: “I owe them an immeasurable debt, and I think one of the ways I can repay that is to get back doing what I’m good at, which is caring for people.”

He says hopefully rebuilding his trust and reputation with people in this community.

Dr. Norberg says he plans to look for jobs around Fargo, where he's allowed to practice under specific guidelines from the board.

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