Details from the Texas Medical Board
At its February 5-6 meeting, the Texas Medical Board took disciplinary action against 32 licensed physicians; in addition, the board has issued one temporary suspension since its last meeting.
The actions included 11 violations based on quality of care; seven actions based on unprofessional conduct; one mediated agreed order modifying a prior order; three actions based on other states’ actions; four actions based on inadequate medical records violations; two actions based on impairment due to alcohol or drugs or mental/physical condition; one advertising violation; and four voluntary surrenders. The board also accepted the voluntary surrender of one surgical assistant’s license.
QUALITY OF CARE VIOLATIONS
Reddy, Sunil K., M.D., Lic. #J4984, Conroe TX
On February 6, 2009, the board and Dr. Reddy entered into an agreed order requiring that within one year Dr. Reddy obtain eight hours of continuing medical education in medical recordkeeping and within 90 days pay an administrative penalty of $1,500. The action was based on Dr. Reddy’s failure to properly document reasons for performing a colonoscopy on a 91-year-old patient so quickly after the initial consult; not waiting for the results of less risky treatment recommendations; not being as anxious to address the stone visualized in the common bile duct as he was to treat a diagnosis of constipation; and not using any screening labs such as CBC, stool guiac, prior to the colonoscopy.
UNPROFESSIONAL CONDUCT VIOLATIONS
Waller, Stephen Frank, M.D., Lic. #F8724, Conroe TX
On February 6, 2009, the board and Dr. Waller entered into an agreed order requiring that within one year Dr. Waller obtain 20 hours of continuing medical education in medical record keeping; within one year he take and pass the Texas Medical Jurisprudence Examination; and within 60 days he pay an administrative penalty of $2,500. The action was based on Dr. Waller’s failure to provide medical records in response to a board subpoena and failure to cooperate with a board investigation.