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A look at the Texas Medical Board and physician licensing

The powerful Texas Medical Board recently held its quarterly meeting here in Austin and has another scheduled to take place on October 19 and 20. Among the topics the board considers and discusses are complaints filed by members of the public against physicians licensed to practice in our state.

In recent weeks, the board has several times taken disciplinary actions against doctors across Texas. Two of the cases involve very different problems, the board has said in statements.

In one case, the medical license of a Dallas M.D. was temporarily suspended by the board after it determined that "his continuation in the practice of medicine poses a continuing threat to public welfare."

The board said in a statement the doctor's proficiency testing found that he's not currently competent to practice "and that he requires further evaluation and training."

Another temporary license suspension was handed out to a Sherman M.D. who apparently also faces criminal charges of "prescribing dangerous controlled substances with a risk of abuse and diversion for no legitimate medical purpose."

We do not know how accurate the charges against the two physicians might be, but it is clear that for both their careers and reputations are at stake. In some situations, the board will reconsider disciplinary actions after hearings in which the doctor and his or her attorney correct the record, describe mitigating factors or outline changes to behaviors.

Attorneys experienced in license defense can help you navigate a complex license hearing process so that your rights and interests are protected at all times.

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