The Texas The medical board disciplined 10 doctors from Houston area at the December 2021 meeting. A total of 35 licensees from across the state took action against them by the health board during the meeting.
Texas Department of Health said in a press release, “Disciplinary actions include: one order related to quality of care violations, seven orders related to unprofessional conduct, ten orders of voluntary waiver/revocation, four suspension orders, one order recall, three restraining orders, one related to non-therapeutic prescriptions, one related to violations of board rules, five related to actions by other states, and two orders regarding incomplete medical records. The board also approved nine cease and desist orders. “
The board’s press release added, “The board issued 127 physician licenses at its December meeting, bringing the total number of physician licenses issued
in Fiscal Year 2022 to 1,489. The meeting was held on December 10, 2021.
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Here are the doctors who have been disciplined by the medical board:
Dr. Stella Fitzgibbons, Houston
Dr Stella Fitzgibbons was disciplined for quality of care issues after she was found to have “discharged a patient without additional test results to indicate that the patient was stable”.
According to the medical board, Fitzgibbons was charged with inappropriately transporting a patient from a hospital to a nursing home while the patient “suffered from leukocytosis and acute kidney injury that developed during hospitalization, by Symptoms are abnormal creatinine levels and an elevated white blood cell count. , resulting in patient death”.
Fitzgibbons, “discharged the patient from the hospital before the patient was stable… no additional test results were obtained, and it was not possible to verify that the patient’s hemoglobin levels were stable. The board of directors said.
Fitzgibbons, of Houston, signed an agreed order with the Texas Health Commission requiring her to schedule an assessment with the Texas Health Science Center’s Knowledge, Skills, Training, Evaluation, and Research program A&M (KSTAR) within 30 days.
Fitzgibbons will also be required to complete 16 hours of continuing medical education, including eight hours of risk management and eight hours of postoperative complications, the medical board said.
Fitzgibbons, 72, has been practicing medicine for 37 years, according to the medical board. She graduated from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in 1980 and was awarded her doctorate a year later. She specializes in internal medicine and has hospital privileges at Memorial Hermann Hospital, St. Luke’s Episcopal, Northwest Houston Medical Center, and North Cypress Medical Center.
Dr. Lilly Chen, Houston
Dr. Lilly Lil-Jing Chen, of Houston, was disciplined for unprofessional conduct after she was found guilty of burglary in Texas state court. Chen, who has been sentenced to two years of probation in the criminal case, will be required to comply with all terms of his sentence to please the medical board.
Chen, 58, has been practicing medicine in Texas for 25 years. She graduated from the State University of New York Stony Brook School of Medicine in 1989. She specializes in neurology.
Chen was charged in January 2020 with theft of property valued between $100 and $750, a Class B misdemeanor. She was convicted in January 2021 and sentenced to probation.
Dr. Mirza Nusrutullah Baig, Spring
Dr. Mirza Nusrutullah Baig, of Spring, has voluntarily agreed to give up his license to practice medicine in Texas to avoid further disciplinary proceedings, according to the board. The board said he was being investigated over allegations he “failed to meet the standard of surgical care for a patient” who “required surgical decompression of Chiari and the cervix”.
Baig, 47, graduated from Howard University School of Medicine in 2003 and received his Texas medical degree in 2011. He earned his medical degrees at North Houston Surgical Hospital and HCA Conroe. He specializes in neurosurgery and sports and spine medicine, the board said.
Dr. Yolanda Lorraine Hamilton, Houston
Yolanda Hamilton, of Houston, was found guilty of four counts of conspiracy to commit health care fraud in criminal court and as a result, the board suspended her Texas medical license “until she he requested in writing and appeared before the board. to provide clear evidence that she has the physical, mental and other capacity to practice medicine safely. ”
According to the board, “Evidence should include, at a minimum, the complete and final settlement of any and all criminal charges and pending investigations before any court or enforcement agency. any law, or any charges that may be brought as a result of any pending investigation. Dr. Hamilton shall not be authorized to give supervision or regulatory authorization to a physician assistant or advanced practice nurse or to supervise a surgical assistant. ”
Hamilton, 57, was sentenced to 60 months in prison and must pay $9.5 million in restitution to Medicaire, according to court documents. She has been licensed to practice medicine in Texas since 2000.
Dr. Arlette Naylor Pharo, Friendswood
Dr Arlette Naylor Pharo, of Friendswood, has voluntarily agreed to suspend her medical license for at least three months and until she provides proof she is “physically eligible. mental health and other abilities to practice medicine safely”.
“Pharo was previously suspended from work, dependent on and abused alcohol affecting his ability to practice medicine safely, and was hospitalized for alcohol abuse,” the board said. .
The board said, “Further, Dr. Pharo will abstain from the consumption of prohibited substances as defined in the order; participate in the drug testing program of the Board; within 30 days obtain an independent medical evaluation from a pre-approved board-certified psychiatrist and follow all recommendations made for care and treatment; participate in Alcoholics Anonymous activities no less than three times per week; comply with all terms of any Pre-Trial Supervision Order or Bond Condition; and is not supervised or authorized as designated for a physician assistant or advanced practice nurse or to supervise a surgical assistant. ”
Pharo, 66, has been licensed to practice medicine in Texas since 1989.
Dr. Parvez Anjum Qureshi, Conroe
Parvez Anjum Qureshi, of Conroe, had his medical license suspended after he was found guilty in federal court in October 2021 of illegally prescribing 1.3 million doses of opioids over a two-year period. in Spring Branch, Texas. His license is suspended until further action by the medical board.
According to the US Department of Justice, Qureshi, 56, “a medical doctor, conspired and illegally prescribed controlled substances between 2014 and February 2016 to patients at Spring Shadows Medical Clinic in Houston (Spring Shadows) .” Prosecutors said:
Trial evidence shows that Qureshi illegally prescribed the drug to more than 90 people on the clinic’s busiest days. The so-called “joggers” brought a lot of people to pose as patients at Spring Shadows and pay for their visits. Spring Shadows charges about $250-$500 per visit and requires cash payment.
Evidence also shows that Qureshi pre-signed controlled prescriptions and issued prescriptions to patients without being evaluated by a physician. During the program, Qureshi prescribed more than 1.3 million dose units of hydrocodone and more than 40,000 dose units of oxycodone, both Schedule II controlled substances. Ayesha has prescribed more than one million dose units of carisoprodol, commonly known as Soma, a schedule IV controlled substance, often to patients who have also been prescribed oxycodone or hydrocodone by Qureshi. The oxycodone/hydrocodone and carisoprodol combination is a dangerous drug with no known medical benefit. The clinic has earned more than $4 million from prescriptions issued under the program, more than $1.5 million of which went to Qureshi.
Qureshi will be sentenced in January 2022.
Dr. Sadiq Ali, Beaumont
Sadiq Ali, of Beaumont, was stripped of his temporary medical license after he signed an agreement with the board. According to the medical board, Ali was arrested and charged with soliciting prostitutes as a minor. Charges are still pending.
For the next five years, the board said he will not “examine, examine, treat, prescribe, advise or practice medicine for minors under the age of 18, including telemedicine,” the council said. copper said. “He is also required to be accompanied by a chaperone whenever he performs a physical examination on a patient.
The board added that he was required, “within 30 days to obtain a pre-approved psychologist and to follow all recommendations for care and treatment; continue
participate in group psychotherapy and neurotherapy sessions; continue to participate in Sex Addiction and Love Anonymous activities and programs; and shall be prohibited from assigning any intermediate level the ability to examine, examine, treat, prescribe, advise, or practice medicine for minors under the age of 18, including telemedicine. ”
Dr. Mark Henderson, Spring
Dr Mark Henderson, of Spring, “was terminated for prescribing drugs in doses that were never prescribed to patients in a way that would compromise their health and safety”. Henderson agreed to restrict his medical license.
The terms of the restriction are that he, “must not practice clinical medicine as defined in the Order; be referred publicly to the Texas Physicians Health Plan; and shall not supervise or authorize a physician assistant or advanced practice nurse or supervise a surgical assistant. ”
Henderson, 54, has been licensed to practice medicine in Texas since 1993.
Dr. Reginald James Newsome, Houston
Reginald Newsome, of Houston, was found to have “prescribed uncontrolled substance therapy to five chronic pain patients and violated the standard of care and related board rules to the treatment of chronic pain”.
Newsome agreed,” within 30 days of scheduling an assessment with the Texas A&M Health Science Center (KSTAR) Knowledge, Skills, Training, Assessment, and Research program; have another physician supervise his or her practice for 12 continuous follow-up cycles; within one year and three attempts to pass the Medical Law Examination; within one year of completing a prescription course offered by the University of California San Diego’s Physician Assessment and Clinical Education (PACE) program; within one year complete at least 24 hours of CME, divided as follows: eight hours in risk management, eight hours in ethics and eight hours in medical record keeping; and within 60 days pay a $5,000 administrative fine. ”
Dr. Monte Stavis, Houston
Dr. Monte Stavis, of Houston, “failed to document many parts of an examination that would potentially support a surgical recommendation,” and “Stavis’ documentation of the patient was insufficient to support his recommendation. about what he did or found,” the council said.
Stavis was involved in a “mediated consent order requiring him to complete at least six hours of CME within a year in the maintenance of medical records.”
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