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At its February 9-10, 2012 meeting, the Texas Medical Board disciplined 58 physicians and issued two cease and desist orders.

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DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS

REVOCATION

Stogre, Rosemary Ann, M.D., Lic. No. F0771, Houston
On February 10, 2012, the Board entered a Default Order regarding Rosemary Ann Stogre, M.D., revoking her Texas physician license and resolving Formal Complaint No. 503-12-1512 filed against her by the Board at the State Office of Administrative Hearings. The complaint stated that Dr. Stogre continued to prescribe controlled substances after surrendering her DEA and DPS controlled substance prescribing privileges, and that she prescribed controlled substances to a patient without medical need and that patient died as a result of misuse of controlled substances, some of them prescribed by Dr. Stogre. Because Dr. Stogre did not respond in any form to the Formal Complaint, the allegations are deemed true.

VOLUNTARY SURRENDER

Connolly, Jule Tom, M.D., Lic. No. C6899, Austin
On February 10, 2012, the Board and Jule Tom Connolly, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order of Voluntary Surrender in which Dr. Connolly agreed to immediately cease practice in Texas and voluntarily surrender his license in lieu of further disciplinary proceedings. The Board found Dr. Connolly non-therapeutically prescribed drugs and engaged in unprofessional conduct likely to injure the public.

Genovese, Robert J., M.D., Lic. No. E5522, Edinburg
On February 10, 2012, the Board and Robert J. Genovese, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order of Voluntary Surrender in which Dr. Genovese agreed to immediately cease practice in Texas and voluntarily surrender his license in lieu of further disciplinary proceedings. The Board found Dr. Genovese failed to treat a patient according to the generally accepted standard of care.

Heistand, Michael, M.D., Lic. No. D8263, San Antonio
On February 10, 2012, the Board and Michael Heistand, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order of Voluntary Surrender in which Dr. Heistand agreed to immediately cease practice in Texas and voluntarily surrender his license in lieu of further disciplinary proceedings. The Board found Dr. Heistand failed to use proper diligence in his professional practice.

Reddick, Sybil Rochelle, M.D., Lic. No. J9294, Dallas
On February 10, 2012, the Board and Sybil Rochelle Reddick, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order of Voluntary Surrender requiring Dr. Reddick to immediately cease practice in Texas and permanently surrender her license. The basis for action was the Board’s investigation into Dr. Reddick’s nontherapeutic prescribing for one patient and Dr. Reddick’s desire to surrender her license in lieu of further disciplinary proceedings.

Taliaferro, Sharon Melissa, M.D., Lic. No. G0185,
On February 10, 2012, the Board and Sharon Melissa Taliaferro, M.D., entered into an Agreed Voluntary Surrender Order in which Dr. Taliaferro surrendered her Texas medical license in lieu of further disciplinary proceedings. Dr. Taliaferro, who is also licensed in Arkansas, entered into an order with the Arkansas State Medical Board agreeing to cease and desist from administering dimethyl sulfoxide intravenously to patients and refrain from doing so until such treatment is approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

Tang, Annie Jia, M.D., Permit No. BP20038123, Houston
On February 10, 2012, the Board and Annie Jia Tang, M.D., entered into an Agreed Voluntary Surrender Order in which Dr. Tang voluntarily surrendered her physician-in-training permit due to her desire to leave Texas. The Board found that Dr. Tang’s residency program chose not to renew her residency contract due to Dr. Tang’s medical condition. Dr. Tang’s physician found her competent to practice medicine, but Dr. Tang chose not to appeal the residency program’s decision. There were no allegations of malpractice or misconduct by Dr. Tang.

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As a Texas medical doctor and Medical Malpractice attorney, I am providing this case law update and commentary.

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As part of Texas’s tort reform laws, enacted by the Texas legislature in 2003, one of the requirements in order to file a medical malpractice claim, was the furnishing of a medical expert’s report within 120 days of filing the lawsuit.The 5th District Court of Appeals says that the legislation serves the state’s interest in preventing frivolous medical liability lawsuits and related health care system costs. This medical expert report requirement is also known as the Texas’ certificate-of-merit law, and is similar to many other states’ medical malpractice reform.

Recently Texas’ certificate-of-merit law passed another constitutional challenge after the 5th District Court of Appeals validated the requirement for plaintiffs to file an expert report demonstrating the merits of a medical liability case.

As a Dallas Medical License Defense Attorney, I am providing this article regarding a Houston Pain Pill Mill Doctor being busted again. It looks like this guy and his cronies did not learn their lesson. This is a quick fire way to lose your medical and pharmacy licenses.

A physician and two pharmacists arrested in a Houston high-volume pill mill operation, had previously faced disciplinary probes for distributing controlled drugs, and all three had been allowed to continue to work despite those allegations, according to professional disciplinary records.

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For two years Dr. Gerald Ratinov, the state’s top prescriber of the pain killer drug hydrocodone, has been under investigation by the Texas Medical Board (TMB) for operating another Harris County pill mill. At that site, an unlicensed foreign medical graduate dispensed drugs and patients received pain pills without proper examinations in 2008.

During the TMB disciplinary action, Ratinov, a 76-year-old neurologist, opened the Astrodome Health Clinic in September 2010 — another site described as a pill mill, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. And at that clinic and two other sites, he supervised unlicensed foreign medical school graduates and others who illegally supplied pills.

Ratinov now faces felony charges for illegally operating three pill mills: the Astrodome Health Clinic, The Abundant Life and Weight Loss Center and the Hobby Medical Center.

20 people face charges resulting from this week’s pill mill sting, which involved three clinics and four pharmacies. The DEA, the Department of Public Safety, the medical and pharmacy boards and other agencies participated.

Two pharmacists arrested this week already had been on probation with the state Board of Pharmacy for previous prescription problems, according to Pharmacy Board records.

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As a Fort Worth Medical Practice Attorney, I want to share this Texas Medical Board bulletin, regarding a Denton, Texas doctor’s fitness to practice medicine. A Denton County doctor who is quoted saying he does “what is best for the patient” is now considered “a continuing threat to the public welfare.”

Medical Board Suspends License of Denton Physician

On March 14, 2011, a disciplinary panel of the Texas Medical Board temporarily suspended, with notice, the medical license of Ramon A. Cruz, M.D., of Denton, after determining that Dr. Cruz’s continuation in the practice of medicine constitutes a continuing threat to the public welfare.

The panel found that Dr. Cruz, Lic. No. K3703, engaged in sexually inappropriate behavior with several patients. Four incidents, including an alleged sexual assault, were reported by patients to Denton Police. Patients reported four incidents to Denton police, including one alleged sexual assault.

His accusers say he used “aggressive behavior” toward them dating back to 2008, but no action was taken until this week. Documents reveal one patient accused Cruz of putting “his hand down the front of her pajama pants.” Another patient alleges the doctor was “grabbing her from behind and putting his hand under her shirt.”

Since the suspension, four additional women contacted police saying they also were victims of Dr Cruz, who touched them sexually and made inappropriate remarks, according to police reports.

One woman described three occasions when she either was in his office or in a hospital room. She said on one occasion she was hospitalized and drowsy on pain medication when he came into the room, lifted the sheet to look at her body and then leaned over and kissed her, according to the police report.

Another woman reported to police that he kissed her and made sexual comments to her during two visits to his office in September 2009.

A third woman said that during 2003 and 2004, when she was his patient, he tried to kiss her and touch her, a police report states.

The fourth woman reported to police she was hospitalized when he touched her and kissed her against her wishes.

Most of the women who have reported the doctor’s behavior so far have said they did not report it because they thought no one would believe them.

The panel found that Dr. Cruz’s actions demonstrate a pattern of inappropriate behavior, which is a continuing threat to public health and safety. The suspension remains in effect until the Board takes further action.

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As a Fort Worth Medical Malpractice attorney, I am providing the jury verdict and a win for the good guys.

Jurors awarded $10.1 million in damages to the family of an overdose victim, hoping the verdict strikes fear into other “pill mills” that have turned Houston into a national center for prescription drug abuse.

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“Our verdict shows how much our community is against these pill mills and wants things to change,” said juror Lauren Simmons, after finding gross negligence led to the overdose death of Michael Skorpenske of Conroe.

Skorpenske, 54, died July 7, 2007, two days after his only visit to the Family Medi Clinic in The Woodlands where he received a prescription for three potent drugs: hydrocodone, xanax and soma.

He had sought help there for chronic pain he suffered from a motorcycle injury and a fall at a petrochemical plant.

According to records, the clinic’s director, Dr. Maurice Conte, had prescribed this same drug combo at least 3,800 times between 2006 and 2007 at more than 17 pain area clinics that he supervised. Dr. Maurice Conte, was forced to surrender his license to the Texas Medical Board after Skorpenske died.

Conte, who repeatedly pleaded the Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination during the four-day trial, was found grossly negligent and slapped with the stiffest penalty: $9.05 million.

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A Fort Worth Nurse license attorney, I am providing the latest update to a story I had commented on involving 2 nurses in West Texas.

A state grand jury in Winkler County, Tex., has indicted the sheriff, the county attorney and a hospital administrator for their roles in orchestrating the prosecution of two whistle-blowing nurses after they had reported allegations of malpractice.

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The sheriff, Robert L. Roberts Jr., and county attorney, Scott M. Tidwell, each face six counts, including misuse of official information and retaliation, which are third-degree felonies. Stan Wiley, the administrator of Winkler County Memorial Hospital, in the West Texas town of Kermit, was indicted on two counts of retaliation.

Read full story here at the New York Times.

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As a Fort Worth Texas Medical License Defense Attorney I am writing to update the following actions by the Texas Medical Board.

The Texas Medical Board met October 28-29, 2010. Since its August 26-27 board meeting, the Texas Medical Board has taken disciplinary action against 77 licensed physicians. The actions included 11 violations based on quality of care; 9 violations based on unprofessional conduct; 4 based on other states’ action; 1 based on peer review actions; 1 based on criminal convictions; 8 voluntary surrenders; 1 suspension; 3 revocations; 10 based on inadequate medical records; 1 based on inadequate supervision; 18 corrective orders; 1 cease and desist order; and 10 orders for minor statutory violations.

If you have been subjected to a TMB Inquiry Letter or TMB Disciplinary Process, then please contact the Fort Worth Texas Medical License Defense Attorney Dr. Shezad Malik. For a no obligation, free case analysis, please call 817-717-1772, 888-210-9693 or Contact Me Online.

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As a Fort Worth Medical Licensing and Doctor defense attorney I have written about the Grapevine Texas Gynecologists who were implanting Canadian bought FDA unapproved IUDs.

Now they are being sued by the Texas Attorney General on violation of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and Fraud.

Similar cases have been brought in other jurisdictions, and what happened to those physicians is particularly instructive.

Ob/gyn Kelly Dean Shrum, DO, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas was investigated— In June 2009, FDA agents found unapproved Mirena IUDs in Dr. Shrum’s office — a discovery that triggered criminal and civil charges.

On October 2009, a federal grand jury indicted Dr. Shrum with drug misbranding, healthcare fraud (for billing the state Medicaid program for unapproved IUDs), and 3 counts of money laundering (for depositing money from an allegedly illegal activity in his bank account). Dr. Shrum faced a maximum penalty of 3 years in prison and a $10,000 fine for misbranding, and a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for healthcare fraud and for each count of money laundering, according to federal prosecutors.

In addition, former patients have filed a class-action suit against Dr. Shrum in a state court. They allege that by implanting unapproved IUDs in them without their consent, Dr. Shrum is at fault for medical negligence, unjust enrichment, violation of the state’s law against deceptive trade practices, and breach of fiduciary duty.

If convicted he would lose his medical license.

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