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4 Valley doctors disciplined by TX Medical Board

4 Valley doctors disciplined by TX Medical Board
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Friday, June 28, 2013 - 4:48pm

At its June 13-14, 2013 meeting, the Texas Medical Board disciplined 57 licensed physicians and issued three cease and desist orders. The disciplinary actions included 29 orders related to quality‐of‐care violations, eight orders related to unprofessional conduct, three based on peer review actions, eight voluntary surrenders and revocations, two pain clinic actions, one order based on criminal behavior, three orders based on inadequate medical records, one violation of a prior order, two based on other states’ actions and three violations of Texas Physician Health Program agreements. In addition, one non-certified radiologic technician was disciplined.

The Board issued 120 physician licenses at the June board meeting, bringing the total number of pysician licenses issued in FY 13 to 2,740. Thirty six percent of physician licensure applications were completed in 10 days or less.

  • Herrera, Carlos Alberto, M.D., Lic. No. J8573, Edinburg
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Carlos Alberto Herrera, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order publicly reprimanding Dr. Herrera and requiring Dr. Herrera to have his practice monitored by another physician for 12 monitoring cycles, within one year complete 16 hours of CME including eight hours in risk management and eight hours in medical record-keeping, within one year pass the Medical Jurisprudence Exam within three attempts and pay an administrative penalty of $4,000 within 60 days. The Board found Dr. Herrera failed to comply with record-keeping requirements for controlled substances and failed to use diligence in his professional practice.
     
  • Reis, Marcos, M.D., Lic. No. G0810, Brownsville
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Marcos Reis, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order requiring Dr. Reis to have another physician monitor his practice for eight monitoring cycles, within one year complete 20 hours of CME including four hours in medical record-keeping, four hours in ethics, four hours in physician-patient communications, four hours in prescribing for a geriatric population and four hours in risk management. The Board found Dr. Reis failed to use proper diligence in his professional practice.
     
  • Lopez, Ruben Montelongo, M.D., Lic. No. J9173, Harlingen
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Ruben Montelongo Lopez, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order requiring Dr. Lopez to within one year complete 24 hours of CME including eight hours in anger management, eight hours in ethics and eight hours in billing or medical record-keeping and pay an administrative penalty of $5,000 within 90 days. The Board found Dr. Lopez was subject to disciplinary action by his peers, that he behaved in a disruptive manner, failed to use proper diligence in his professional practice and failed to maintain adequate medical records.
     
  • Zapata, Helio, M.D., Lic. No. M4990, McAllen
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Helio Zapata, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order requiring Dr. Zapata to pay an administrative penalty of $1,000 within 60 days. The Board found Dr. Zapata was disciplined by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation based upon an allegation of unnecessary surgical intervention.

Other doctors included in the TMB probe are as follows:

QUALITY OF CARE

  • Akin, William Orlan, M.D., Lic. No. C8181, Abilene
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and William Orlan Akin, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order requiring Dr. Akin to complete within one year eight hours of CME including four hours in medical record-keeping and four hours in risk management, and pay an administrative penalty of $1,000 within 60 days. The Board found Dr. Akin inappropriately prescribed dangerous drugs or controlled substances to himself and family members and failed to maintain adequate medical records.
  • Alvear, Joel, M.D., Lic. No. L1514, Katy
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Joel Alvear, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order requiring Dr. Alvear to surrender his DEA/DPS controlled substances certificates within seven days and not reregister or obtain Controlled Substances Registrations within the first year of this Order. The Board found Dr. Alvear failed to maintain adequate medical records for a patient, prescribed without showing therapeutic benefit, and refilled medications without seeing the patient for long periods of time.
  • Bonikowski, Frank P., M.D., Lic. No. H2098, Corpus Christi
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Frank P. Bonikowski, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order requiring Dr. Bonikowski to have his practice monitored by another physician for eight monitoring cycles, within one year complete the medical record-keeping course offered by the University of California San Diego Physician Assessment and Clinical Education (PACE) program and within one year complete 16 hours of CME in the treatment of pain. The Board found Dr. Bonikowski engaged in non-therapeutic prescribing, failed to use diligence n his professional practice and failed to comply with Board guidelines for the use of pain medications.
  • Boyd, Gary D., M.D., Lic. No. F9226, Tyler
    On June 14, 2013, the Board entered a Final Order publicly reprimanding Gary D. Boyd, M.D., and requiring Dr. Boyd to have his practice monitored by another physician for eight monitoring cycles, within 90 days contact the Texas A&M Health Science Center Rural and Community Health Institute (K-STAR) for the purpose of scheduling a two-day assessment, within one year complete the medical record-keeping course offered by the University of California San Diego Physician Assessment and Clinical Education (PACE) program, within one year pass the Medical Jurisprudence Exam within three attempts, within 30 days reimburse the patient’s family all out-of-pocket expenses, within one year complete 40 hours of CME including eight hours in ethics, eight hours in risk management, eight hours in use of EGDs, eight hours in treating esophageal ulcers and eight hours in physician-patient communications, and pay an administrative penalty of $15,000 within six months. The Board found Dr. Boyd subjected a patient to nontherapeutic procedures, failed to meet the standard of care, was negligent in performing medical services and kept inadequate medical records.
  • Brown, Forrest Carroll, M.D., Lic. No. D3169, Dallas
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Forrest Carroll Brown, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order restricting Dr. Brown’s practice to dermatology and requiring Dr. Brown to have his practice monitored by another physician for eight monitoring cycles, refrain from treating his immediate family or anyone with whom Dr. Brown has a close relationship, develop and implement pain contracts for chronic pain patients, within one year pass the Medical Jurisprudence Exam within three attempts, within one year complete CME required for licensure maintenance, within one year complete 24 hours of CME including eight hours in medical record-keeping, eight hours in risk management and eight hours in identifying drug-seeking behavior, and pay an administrative penalty of $4,000 within120 days. The Board found Dr. Brown failed to meet the standard of care, prescribed inappropriately and failed to maintain adequate medical records for one patient. In addition, Dr. Brown inappropriately self-prescribed medications.
  • Bussey, Jimmie Dale, M.D., Lic. No. D4393, Newton
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Jimmie Dale Bussey, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order requiring Dr. Bussey to have his practice monitored by another physician for 12 monitoring cycles, complete within one year 32 hours of CME including 16 hours in pain management and 16 hours in medical record-keeping. The Board found Dr. Bussey failed to meet the standard of care, prescribed to a known abuser of narcotic drugs, engaged in nontherapeutic prescribing and failed to maintain adequate medical records.
  • Caruth, Jeffrey C., M.D., Lic. No. H6102, Plano
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Jeffrey C. Caruth, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order requiring Dr. Caruth to within one year complete 16 hours of CME in the topic of breast augmentation and pay an administrative penalty of $3,000 within 60 days. The Board found Dr. Caruth did not adequately address a patient’s post-surgical complications following breast implant surgery.
  • Dutta, Paritosh Chandra, M.D., Lic. No. E7900, Richardson
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Paritosh Chandra Dutta, M.D., entered into a Mediated Agreed Order requiring Dr. Dutta to within one year complete 20 hours of CME including eight hours in medical record-keeping, eight hours in risk management and four hours in pharmacological management of obesity. The Board found Dr. Dutta failed to adequately monitor a patient’s use of a weight loss medication and failed to keep adequate medical records. This order resolves a formal complaint filed by the Board at the State Office of Administrative Hearings.
  • Felder, Diane Johnson, M.D., Lic. No. H5122, Houston
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Diane Johnson Felder, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order requiring Dr. Felder to within one year complete the medical record-keeping course offered by the University of California San Diego Physician Assessment and Clinical Education (PACE) program, within one year complete eight hours of CME in ethics and pay an administrative penalty of $5,000 within 60 days. The Board found Dr. Felder failed to meet the standard of care for 10 patients at a residential residential treatment center, contracted unlicensed personnel to work as licensed professional counselors at another residential treatment center, failed to maintain adequate medical records and engaged in unprofessional conduct.
  • Gibson, Donald M., M.D., Lic. No. F3137, Houston
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Donald M. Gibson, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order requiring Dr. Gibson to restrict his on-call status to 15 days per month, within one year pass the Medical Jurisprudence Exam within three attempts and within one year complete eight hours of CME in ethics. The Board found Dr. Gibson, the thoracic surgeon on-call at a hospital, failed to respond to numerous telephone calls to report to the emergency room.
  • Herding, Pierre, M.D., Lic. No. H8684, Mesquite
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Pierre Herding, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order requiring Dr. Herding to have another physician monitor his practice for eight monitoring cycles, within one year complete 16 hours of CME including four hours in medical record-keeping, four hours in risk management and eight hours in treatment of chronic pain. The Board found Dr. Herding failed to adhere to Board guidelines for the treatment of pain, failed to meet the standard of care and prescribed to a known abuser of narcotic drugs. This order resolves a formal complaint filed at the State Office of Administrative Hearings.
  • Johnson, Shawn R., M.D., Lic. No. K8919, Pearland
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Shawn R. Johnson, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order publicly reprimanding Dr. Johnson and requiring Dr. Johnson to have his practice monitored by another physician for eight monitoring cycles, within one year complete the Medical Jurisprudence Exam within three attempts and within one year complete at least eight hours of CME to be divided as follows: four hours in risk management and four hours in supervising midlevels. The Board found Dr. Johnson non-therapeutically prescribed controlled substances to 20 patients, failed to adequately supervise midlevels, and failed to keep adequate medical records.
  • Leffingwell, Thomas F., M.D., Lic. No. G7260, Arlington
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Thomas F. Leffingwell, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order publicly reprimanding Dr. Leffingwell and prohibiting Dr. Leffingwell from reregistering or obtaining Controlled Substances Registrations until a written authorization has been received from the Board. In addition, Dr. Leffingwell must within one year complete the Medical Jurisprudence Exam within three attempts, within one year complete 16 hours of CME including eight hours in the topic of medical ethics and eight hours in the topic of medical record-keeping, and pay an administrative penalty of $5, 000 within 60 days. The Board found Dr. Leffingwell improperly self-prescribed large amounts of hydrocodone he purchased from a manufacturer, failed to maintain and keep appropriate records related to purchasing and failed to maintain medical records for his self-prescribing.
  • Lopez, Jesus Antonio, M.D., Lic No. L1649, San Antonio
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Jesus Antonio Lopez, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order prohibiting Dr. Lopez from prescribing any controlled substances or dangerous drugs with addictive potential except as is necessary for treatment of acute pain or for inpatient treatment of patients in a hospital setting, hospice, or nursing home where Dr. Lopez has privileges or practices medicine. In addition, Dr. Lopez must have another physician monitor his practice for eight monitoring cycles, complete within one year the medical record-keeping course offered by the University of California San Diego Physician Assessment and Clinical Education program and within one year complete eight hours of continuing medical education in the topic of risk management. The Board found Dr. Lopez failed to keep adequate medical records, prescribed controlled substances to two patients after they tested positive for illegal substances, and voluntarily surrendered his DEA and DPS Controlled Substances Registration Certificates as the result of an investigation into his prescribing practices.
  • Marks, Timothy, M.D., Lic. No. J3719, Houston
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Timothy Marks, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order prohibiting Dr. Marks from supervising physician extenders except for certified registered nurse anesthetists in a procedure conducted conducted in a hospital, surgical center or Board-approved office-based anesthesia setting. Dr. Marks is also prohibited from prescribing scheduled drugs except while providing anesthesia services in a hospital. He is also prohibited from treating chronic pain patients and must pass within one year and within three attempts the Medical Jurisprudence Exam. The Board found Dr. Marks prescribed controlled substances to 15 patients without adequately documenting a medical rationale or justifications for the medication, failed to adequately supervise mid-level providers, and violated Board rules regarding maintenance of adequate medical records.
  • Matthews, Jonathan Richard, D.O., Lic. No. L9803, Trophy Club
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Jonathan Richard Matthews, D.O., entered into an Agreed Order requiring Dr. Matthews to undergo an independent medical evaluation by a board-designated psychiatrist and follow all recommendations for care and treatment, within one year complete 28 hours of CME including 12 hours in medical record-keeping and 12 hours in ethics and four hours in prescribing controlled substances, and pay an administrative penalty of $15,000 within 180 days. The Board found Dr. Matthews failed to meet the standard of care and exercise diligence in his professional practice, was subject to disciplinary action by his peers, failed to comply with Board requests for information and pre-signed prescriptions for controlled substances.
  • Matthews, Jonathan Richard, D.O., Lic. No. L9803, Trophy Club
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Jonathan Richard Matthews, D.O., entered into an Agreed Order limiting Dr. Matthews’ practice to 200 hours per month including administrative functions, on-call and patient care. In addition, the order requires Dr. Matthews to within one year complete 24 hours of CME including 16 hours in fluid and electrolyte management and eight hours, in-person, in risk management. The Board found Dr. Matthews failed to meet the standard of care and safeguard against potential complications in his treatment of one patient.
  • McFarland, Michael Allen, M.D., Lic. No. G8271, Jourdanton
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Michael Allen McFarland entered into an Agreed Order requiring Dr. McFarland to have another physician monitor his practice for eight monitoring cycles, within one year complete 20 hours of CME including eight hours in medical record-keeping, eight hours in management of chronic pain and four hours in treating adult ADHD. The Board found Dr. McFarland failed to meet the standard of care for seven patients, non-therapeutically prescribed controlled substances and failed to maintain adequate medical records.
  • Naberhaus, Daniel Robert, M.D., Lic. No. H3920, Arlington
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Daniel Robert Naberhaus, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order requiring Dr. Naberhaus to cease treating patients for chronic pain, have his practice monitored by another physician for eight monitoring cycles, within one year complete the medical record-keeping course offered by the University of California San Diego Physician Assessment and Clinical Education (PACE) program and within one year complete 16 hours of CME including eight hours in psycho-pharmacology and eight hours in risk management and pay an administrative penalty of $3,000 within 60 days. The Board found Dr. Naberhaus failed to meet the standard of care when he prescribed escalating doses of controlled substances without a reasonable basis and failed to provide adequate documentation to support his diagnoses or treatment plans.
  • Pang, John, D.O., Lic. No. K5175, Sunnyvale
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and John Pang, D.O., entered into an Agreed Order requiring Dr. Pang to have his practice monitored by another physician for eight monitoring cycles, within one year complete 32 hours of CME including 16 hours in pain management, eight hours in medical record-keeping and eight hours in risk management and pay an administrative penalty of $1,500 within 60 days. The Board found Dr. Pang failed to maintain adequate medical records, failed to meet the standard of care and engaged in non-therapeutic prescribing for 10 patients.
  • Pratho, Scott Mason, M.D., Lic. No. G8350, Willow Park
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Scott Mason Pratho, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order publicly reprimanding Dr. Pratho and requiring Dr. Pratho to within one year complete 16 hours of CME including eight hours in risk management and eight hours in drug interactions, and pay an administrative penalty of $2,000 within 60 days. The Board found Dr. Pratho failed to meet the standard of care when he failed to verify one patient’s allergies before administering a medication.
  • Raj, Jhansi M., M.D., Lic. No. G8735, Fort Worth
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Jhansi M. Raj, M.D., entered into a Mediated Agreed Order requiring Dr. Raj to have his practice monitored by another physician for eight monitoring cycles and within one year complete 16 hours of CME including eight hours in risk management, four hours in treating difficult psychiatric patients and four hours in diagnosis and treatment of patients at high risk for suicide. The Board found Dr. Raj failed to meet the standard of care for one patient who was prematurely discharged from the psychiatric ward of a hospital and who committed suicide within three hours of discharge. This order resolves a formal complaint filed by the Board at the State Office of Administrative Hearings.
  • Rossel, Anibal F., M.D., Lic. No. H9415, Houston
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Anibal F. Rossel, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order requiring Dr. Rossel to refrain from serving as a physician for his immediate family, have another physician monitor his practice for eight monitoring cycles, within one year pass the Medical Jurisprudence Exam within three attempts. The Board found Dr. Rossel failed to meet the standard of care when he improperly prescribed medication to a close family member without maintaining an adequate medical record.
  • Seshadri, Lakshmi, M.D., Lic. No. L1741, Houston
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Lakshmi Seshadri, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order requiring Dr. Seshadri to within one year complete 24 hours of CME including eight hours in medical record-keeping, eight hours in risk management and eight hours in physician-patient communication. The Board found Dr. Seshadri failed to practice medicine in an acceptable professional manner consistent with public health and welfare and failed to timely evaluate a hospital patient.
  • Stenger, Earl Martin, M.D., Lic. No. D7315, San Antonio
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Earl Martin Stenger, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order requiring Dr. Stenger to have his practice monitored by another physician for eight monitoring cycles and within one year complete eight hours of in-person CME in medical record-keeping. The Board found Dr. Stenger failed to maintain adequate medical records and prescribed benzodiazepines without adequately evaluating the patient and providing sufficient instructions.
  • Swain, Timothy Whitzel, III, M.D., Lic. No. N7883, Corpus Christi
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Timothy Whitzel Swain, III, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order requiring Dr. Swain to within one year complete 24 hours of CME including 16 hours in the management of prosthetic valve complications and eight hours in physician/patient/family communication. The Board found Dr. Swain failed to meet the standard of care for one patient when he did not timely perform the indicated surgery on a patient as she was rapidly declining.
  • Vines, Victor, M.D., Lic. No. G8483, Argyle
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Victor Vines, M.D., entered into a Mediated Agreed Order requiring Dr. Vines to within one year complete 16 hours of CME including eight hours in risk management and eight hours in ethics and pay an administrative penalty of $1,000 within 60 days. The Board found Dr. Vines prescribed a dangerous drug without first establishing a proper professional relationship with the patient. This order resolves a formal complaint filed at the State Office of Administrative Hearings.

UNPROFESSIONAL CONDUCT

  • Baker, Jack L., M.D., Lic. No. J2489, Friendswood
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Jack L. Baker, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order publicly reprimanding Dr. Baker and requiring Dr. Baker to within one year pass the Medical Jurisprudence Exam within three attempts, within one year complete 24 hours of CME in ethics with a focus on billing practices. The Board found Dr. Baker engaged in unprofessional conduct, provided medically unnecessary services and submitted improper billing statements.
  • Caldwell, Daniel W., M.D., Lic. No. J6078, Denton
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Daniel W. Caldwell, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order requiring Dr. Caldwell to use a chaperone any time he examines a female patient, undergo a psychiatric examination and follow recommendations for care and treatment, within one year pass the Medical Jurisprudence Exam within three attempts, within one year complete the professional boundaries course offered by the University of California San Diego Physician Assessment and Clinical Education (PACE) program, within one year complete 16 hours of CME including eight hours in ethics and eight hours in risk management and pay an administrative penalty of $3,000 within 60 days. The Board found Dr. Caldwell failed to report his 2004 arrest and 2005 conviction for DWI, that he engaged in sexual relationships with two female patients and submitted to the Board false or misleading information.
  • Gutierrez, Michael Louis, M.D., Lic. No. H8097, Austin
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Michael Louis Gutierrez, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order requiring Dr. Gutierrez to within one year complete the professional boundaries course offered by the University of California San Diego Physician Assessment and Clinical Education (PACE) program, within one year pass the Medical Jurisprudence Exam within three attempts, within one year complete four hours of CME in ethics and four hours in risk management and within 90 days refund to the patient all out-of-pocket expenses for services rendered May 4, 2012. The Board found Dr. Gutierrez engaged in a sexually inappropriate conversation with a patient.
  • Li, Yih-Chang, M.D., Lic. No. N6459, Katy
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Yih-Chang Li, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order publicly reprimanding Dr. Li and requiring Dr. Li to within one year pass the Medical Jurisprudence Exam within three attempts and pay an administrative penalty of $2,000 within 60 days. The Board found Dr. Li was arrested for simple domestic assault in 2011 and entered a “no contest” plea which resulted in a deferred adjudication agreement with numerous requirements.
  • Martinez, Jose Ricardo, M.D., Lic. No. J5108, Mineola
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Jose Ricardo Martinez, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order requiring Dr. Martinez to within one year complete the professional boundaries course offered by the University of California San Diego Physician Assessment and Clinical Education (PACE) program, within one year pass the Medical Jurisprudence Exam within three attempts and within one year complete four hours of CME in ethics. The Board found Dr. Martinez provided false information to the Board and engaged in sexual contact with a patient.
  • Maul, R. Greg, D.O., Lic. No. E9798, Rowlett
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and R. Greg Maul, D.O., entered into an Agreed Order requiring Dr. Maul to have his billing and medical records reviewed by an independent auditor for the next two years, within 60 days begin holding and documenting monthly meetings between Dr. Maul and his staff to ensure all billing and coding functions are performed by properly trained personnel, within one year complete 16 hours of CME including eight hours in medical record-keeping and eight hours in coding/billing and pay an administrative penalty of $2,000. The Board found Dr. Maul billed improperly for his services and that his medical records did not support the bills submitted for payment.
  • Simmons, Jason Levon, M.D., Lic. No. N4103, Bronx NY
    On June 14, 2013, the Board entered a Final Order regarding Jason Levon Simmons, M.D., publicly reprimanding Dr. Simmons and requiring Dr. Simmons to not practice medicine in Texas until Dr. Simmons fulfills the following terms: Undergoes an Independent Medical Evaluation with a psychiatrist and complies with all recommendations for care and treatment, passes within one year the Medical Jurisprudence Exam within three attempts, within one year completes the Vanderbilt Disruptive Physician’s Course, within one year completes the anger management course offered by the University of California San Diego Physician Assessment and Clinical Education (PACE) program, within one year completes 16 hours of CME including eight hours in ethics and eight hours in professionalism and pays an administrative penalty of $15,000 within six months. This order resolves a formal complaint filed at the State Board of Administrative Hearings. The Board found Dr. Simmons engaged in disruptive behavior, was disciplined by his peers, and failed to practice medicine in an acceptable professional manner.
  • Thompson, Marcel Dwaine, M.D., Lic. No. L7220, Houston
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Marcel Dwaine Thompson, D.O., entered into an Agreed Order publicly reprimanding Dr. Thompson and requiring Dr. Thompson to pay an administrative penalty of $5,000 within 90 days. The board found that Dr. Thompson submitted false information to the National Practitioner Data Bank.

PEER REVIEW ACTIONS

  • Abdelsayed, Magdy, M.D., Lic. No. E9504, Baytown
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Magdy Abdelsayed, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order requiring Dr. Abdelsayed to within one year complete the professional boundaries course offered by the University of California San Diego Physician Assessment and Clinical Education (PACE) program, within one year complete 16 hours of CME incuding eight hours in ethics and eight hours in risk management and pay an administrative penalty of $3,000 within 60 days. The Board found Dr. Abdelsayed was subject to discipline by peers for unprofessional conduct that could adversely impact the quality of care rendered to a patient.
  • Kilaru, Ramanadham, M.D., Lic. No. E9268, Dallas
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Ramanadham Kilaru, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order requiring Dr. Kilaru to refrain from interpretation of mammography and limit his practice to interpretation of plain film radiography. The Board found Dr. Kilaru misinterpreted mammograms for multiple patients and was disciplined by his employer.

VOLUNTARY SURRENDER/SUSPENSION/REVOCATION

  • Covacha-Rosal, Vivina, M.D., Lic. No. E9589, West Bloomfield MI
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Vivina Covacha-Rosal, M.D., entered into an Agreed Voluntary Surrender Order in which Dr. Covacha-Rosal voluntarily and permanently surrendered her Texas medical license. The Board found Dr. Covacha-Rosal surrendered her Michigan medical license and that she provided false information to the Board in a license renewal application.
  • Daniels, Ron, D.O., Lic. No. E3246, Quitman
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Ron Daniels, D.O., entered into an Agreed Order of Voluntary Surrender in which Dr. Daniels voluntarily and permanently surrendered his Texas medical license. The Board found Dr. Daniels self-reported a medical condition which precludes him from practicing medicine with reasonable skill and safety to patients.
  • Echols, Ben Harris, M.D., Lic. No. F6227, Houston
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Ben Harris Echols, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order granting Dr. Echols a voluntary suspension of his medical license. The Board found Dr. Echols was convicted of seven counts of conspiracy to commit Medicare fraud and sentenced to prison for 63 months. Dr. Echols is appealing his conviction and does not admit to or deny the findings in this Agreed Order.
  • Exline, Albert Lobdell, M.D., Lic. No. C2851, Austin
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Albert Lobdell Exline, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order of Voluntary Surrender in which Dr. Exline voluntarily and permanently surrendered his Texas medical license. Dr. Exline, who is 89, requested the surrender in lieu of further disciplinary action.
  • Wimmer, Patrick J., M.D., Lic. No. J2418, Bedford
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Patrick J. Wimmer, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order suspending Dr.Wimmer’s license until Dr. Wimmer requests in writing to have the suspension stayed or lifted and provides clear and convincing evidence that he is competent to safely practice medicine, complete all delinquent CME from the last reporting/renewal term within 60 days. The Board found Dr. Wimmer pled guilty to DWI, self-reported his criminal history, alcohol dependence, and bipolar disorder.
  • Ritchey, Elizabeth Elliot, M.D., Lic. No. G6604, New Braunfels
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Elizabeth Elliot Ritchey, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order of Voluntary Surrender in which Dr. Ritchey voluntarily and permanently surrendered her license. The Board found Dr. Ritchey requested that she surrender her medical license due to her wish to retire and in lieu of litigation of allegations that she failed to practice medicine in an acceptable and professional manner.
  • Dobson, Walter Albert, D.O., Lic. No. F2636, Grand Prairie
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Walter Albert Dobson, D.O., entered into an Agreed Order of Revocation requiring Dr. Dobson to immediately cease practicing medicine. Dr. Dobson agreed to the order in lieu of fulfilling the terms of his 2011 suspension order.

REVOCATION

  • Wagner, Harold Glen, D.O., Lic. No. H6679, Dallas
    On June 14, 2013, the Board entered a Final Order revoking the Texas medical license of Harold Glen Wagner, D.O. The Board found Dr. Wagner was convicted of a felony.

CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR

  • Alexander, Bill, M.D., Lic. No. D4009, Fort Worth
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Bill Alexander, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order publicly reprimanding Dr. Alexander and restricting Dr. Alexander to the practice of administrative medicine and prohibiting him from any practice of medicine that involves direct or indirect patient contact. In addition, Dr. Alexander is to not reregister or obtain Controlled Substances Registrations until a written authorization has been received from the Board and pay an administrative penalty in the amount of $3,000 within 60 days. The Board found Dr. Alexander was arrested for transporting marijuana for drug traffickers and used drugs recreationally.

PAIN CLINIC ACTIONS

  • St. Theresa’s Outpatient Wound Clinic, Cert. No. PMC00192, Houston
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Allan Dee Ahlschier, M.D., entered into an Agreed Voluntary Surrender Order in which Dr. Ahlschier surrendered his Pain Management Clinic Certificate for St. Theresa’s Outpatient Wound Clinic in lieu of further disciplinary proceedings. The surrender requires Dr. Ahlschier to immediately cease operating the clinic.
  • San Jacinto Clinic & Rehabilitation, Cert. No. PMC00269, Houston
    On June 14, 2013, the Board entered into an Agreed Voluntary Surrender Order with Ngoc Xuan Nguyen, M.D., the holder of the pain management clinic certificate of San Jacinto Clinic & Rehabilitation. The Board accepted the voluntary and permanent surrender of the clinic’s pain management clinic certificate in lieu of further disciplinary proceedings. The order required Dr. Nguyen to immediately cease operating San Jacinto Clinic & Rehabilitation as a pain clinic in Texas and withdraw any and all PMC applications, if any, currently pending before the Board.

INADEQUATE MEDICAL RECORDS

  • Garza, Jim Santiago, M.D., Lic. No. E4347, Houston
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Jim Santiago Garza, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order requiring Dr. Garza to within one year complete eight hours of CME including four hours in medical record-keeping and four hours in risk management and pay an administrative penalty of $2,000 within 60 days. The Board found Dr. Garza failed to maintain an adequate medical record for one patient.
  • Huggins, Timothy Lebron, M.D., Lic. No. J2612, Weatherford
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Timothy Lebron Huggins entered into an Agreed Order requiring Dr. Huggins to within one year complete 10 hours of CME including six hours in medical record-keeping and four hours in risk management. The Board found Dr. Huggins failed to maintain adequate medical records for one patient.
  • Thomas, James Herman, Jr., M.D., Lic. No. G0199, Houston
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and James Herman Thomas, Jr., M.D., entered into a Mediated Agreed Order requiring Dr. Thomas to within one year complete the medical record-keeping course offered by the University of California San Diego Physician Assessment and Clinical Education (PACE) program and within one year complete 16 hours of CME in the treatment of pain. The Board found Dr. Thomas failed to maintain adequate medical records. This order resolves a formal complaint filed by the Board at the State Office of Administrative Hearings.Violation of Prior Order
  • Henry, Bruce Allen, M.D., Lic. No. H2454, Arlington
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Bruce Allen Henry, M.D., entered into a Mediated Agreed Order of Temporary Suspension, which suspended Dr. Henry’s license until such time that Dr. Henry requests to have the suspension stayed or lifted and personally appears before the Board and provides clear and convincing evidence that he is competent to safely practice medicine. The Board found Dr. Henry was not in compliance with his 2011 Order. This Order resolves a formal complaint filed at the State Office of Administrative Hearings.

OTHER STATES’ ACTION

  • Robinson, Patrick Randall, M.D., Lic. No. M9616, Ocala FL
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Patrick Randall Robinson, M.D, entered into an Agreed Order requiring Dr. Robinson to within one year complete 12 hours of CME including five hours in chronic pain management, five hours in addiction medicine and two hours in risk management. The Board found Dr. Robinson was disciplined by the Michigan Board of Medicine for negligence in the delivery of medical care.

TXPHP AGREEMENT VIOLATION

  • Ghanem, Fadi George, M.D., Lic. No. H8071, The Woodlands
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Fadi George Ghanem, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order requiring Dr. Ghanem submit to an evaluation by the Texas Physician Health Program within 30 days and comply with any and all recommendations made by TXPHP. The Board found Dr. Ghanem’s agreement with the Texas Physician Health Program was terminated due to non-compliance by testing positive for alcohol once and failing to call in as required on four occasions.
  • Clark, James Allen, M.D., Lic. No. P1740, Woodville
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and James Allen Clark, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order requiring Dr. Clark to within 30 days submit to an evaluation by the Texas Physician Health Program and comply with all recommendations and pay an administrative penalty of $500 within 60 days. The Board found Dr. Clark failed to comply with the terms of his TXPHP agreement, which led to his termination from the program.
  • Merriman, Garrett Lance, M.D., Lic. No. BP10040392, El Paso
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Garrett Lance Merriman, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order requiring Dr. Merriman to within 30 days submit to the Board names of up to three board-certified psychiatrists who agree to treat him, comply with recommendations for care and treatment, abstain from prohibited substances, participate in AA or Narcotics Anonymous two times per week and participate in Caduceus once per week. The Board found Dr. Merriman failed to comply with the terms of his agreement with the Texas Physicians Health Program (TXPHP).

CEASE AND DESIST

  • Hubbard, Richard, M.D., No Texas License
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Richard Hubbard, M.D., entered into an Agreed Cease and Desist Order prohibiting Dr. Hubbard from engaging in unlicensed practice of medicine in Texas. The Board found Dr. Hubbard, who is in California, interpreted a nerve conduction study performed on a patient in Killeen.
  • Hacker, Bruce, Ph.D., No Medical License
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Bruce Hacker, Ph.D., entered into an Agreed Cease and Desist Order requiring Mr. Hacker to refrain from holding himself out as “Dr. Bruce” and “Dr. Hacker” and “Dr. Bruce Hacker, Ph.D.” without clearly designating that he is not a medical doctor. The Board found Mr. Hacker held himself out as a doctor without adequately disclosing that he holds a Ph.D. and is not a licensed physician.
  • Padilla, Alex, No Medical License
    On June 14, 2013, the Board and Alex Padilla entered into an Agreed Cease and Desist Order requiring Mr. Padilla to immediately cease practicing medicine. The Board received a complaint that Mr. Padilla performed liposuction and other cosmetic procedures on patients in the residence of an unlicensed person and prescribed medications to patients. Mr. Padilla did not admit to or deny the Board’s findings.

NON-CERTIFIED RADIOLOGIC TECHNICIAN ACTION

  • Trujillo, Sylvia Marie, N.C.T., Lic No. NC03677
    On June 14, 2013, the Board entered a Default Order regarding Sylvia Marie Trujillo, N.C.T., revoking Ms. Trujillo’s non-certified radiologic technician license. The Board found Ms. Trujillo defaulted on a student loan and failed to comply with Board requests for more information. This order resolves a formal complaint filed at the State Office of Adminis

     

 

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