Texas Medical Board

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    October 6, 2014

    Sure, Most Abortion Clinics in Texas Have Closed. But There Are Still Plenty of Crisis Pregnancy Centers

    Half of the abortion clinics in Texas closed last year and all but eight or less were summarily forced to shutter after a panel of judges from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that House Bill 2, the state law restricting (or as some like to claim "regulating") abortion clinics, could go into ... More >>

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    July 23, 2014

    Medical Board Beefs Up Burzynski Complaint

    The Texas Medical Board has enhanced its complaints against controversial Houston doctor (for loss of a better word) Stanislaw Burzynski, beefing up an eight-page complaint filed in December 2013 to a whopping 200, the Chron reports. Filed July 9, the amended complaint came on the FDA's bewilderin ... More >>

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    May 15, 2014

    Oil Boom Doesn't Mean an Oil Booty Boom

    A look at the sex-trafficking myth.

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    May 5, 2014

    KHOU: Another Day, Another Burzynski B-Job

    What is it with KHOU getting on its knees for self-mythologizing "cancer doctor" Stanislaw Burzynski, a man who charges vulnerable families a fortune to treat dying loved ones with a dubious potion that's never been proven to be effective? The latest round of fluffing came courtesy of KHOU reporte ... More >>

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    March 27, 2014

    Dr. Steven Hotze's Weird War Against the Texas Medical Board

    Right wing physicians claim the TMB doesn't play fair. Not everyone agrees.

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    March 24, 2014

    Court of Criminal Appeals Hears Homicide "Junk Science" Case

    We don't know how 17-month-old Tristen Rivet died. Neither does the medical examiner who conducted the autopsy. The problem is, that medical examiner once thought she knew how Rivet died. Patricia Moore believed the toddler was murdered. And Moore testified to that effect in a Montgomery County c ... More >>

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    January 16, 2014

    Texas Medical Board Accuses Stanislaw "I Cured Cancer, Bitch!" Burzysnki of Deceptive Advertising

    The Texas Medical Board has accused controversial Houston doctor (we use that term loosely) Stanislaw Burzynski of making false claims in how he advertised his cancer treatments (another term used loosely). Filed in December, the complaint comes a year after a similar complaint from the U.S. Food a ... More >>

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    December 6, 2013

    Neal Robbins: Serving Life for a Homicide -- Only Now There is No Official "Homicide."

    In 1998, a Harris County associate medical examiner ruled that 17- month old Tristan Rivet died as a result of homicide, and a Montgomery County jury decided that Neal Robbins killed her. In 2007, the same medical examiner decided she made a mistake, and that the cause of death should have been "un ... More >>

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    June 24, 2013

    Michael Brown Blames Alleged Flight Attendant Choking on "Involuntary Intoxication"

    Lawyers for ex-hand surgeon Michael "Suitcase Full of Dildos" Brown claim that the former creepiest commercial pitchman "suffered involuntary intoxication" and does not recall assaulting flight attendants in January. In papers filed in a Miami federal court last week, Brown's lawyers say clinical ... More >>

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    May 17, 2013

    Antiabortion group accuses Dr. Douglas Karpen of late-term abortions, authorities investigating

    It seems that Philadelphia might not be the only city in the United States with its very own late-term abortion doctor. That's right folks, Houston may have its very own version of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, according to a report issued by Operation Rescue. The Kansas-based pro-life/antiabortion/whatever' ... More >>

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    October 11, 2012

    Millionaires Clash Over Shadyside Mansion

    Despite all the Tenth Commandment strictures to the contrary, coveting the mansion next door has led millionaire executive Tony Petrello to years of depositions and lawsuits.

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    October 10, 2012

    Cover Story: A Clash Of Millionaires Among The Mansions Of Shadyside

    I've been called a number of things throughout the course of reporting a story -- "pontificating punk" may be my personal favorite -- but something I've rarely been called is naive. Until, that is, I started working on this week's cover story, The Battle Of Remington Lane. I didn't know how danger ... More >>

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    November 22, 2011

    Charles Fischer: Child Psychiatrist at State Home Accused of Molesting Boys Over Last 20 Years

    The Texas Medical Board has suspended the license of the chief child psychiatrist of a state-run treatment center for the mentally ill after the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services accused him of sexually assaulting teen boys in his care over the last 20 years. According to the board ... More >>

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    October 27, 2011

    Out of Hand

    Michael Glyn Brown was recently acquitted of assaulting his wife. But that's only the latest allegation against the violent, drug-abusing doctor, long a fixture of Houston TV commercials and society.

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    October 26, 2011

    Dr. Brown: A Look Inside the Weirdness

    ​It was difficult getting people to talk, even off the record, for this week's feature story on Dr. Michael Brown. His latest defense attorney, Dick DeGuerin, was quoted this week in the Houston Chronicle as saying Brown "is not understood by the public," and he's right -- to a point. Fortuna ... More >>

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    September 20, 2011

    Brown Trial: Not Guilty, Not Surprising

    Michael Brown is not a guilty man.​In a strictly legal sense, today's not guilty verdict in Dr. Michael Brown's assault trial was probably the right call. Although prosecutors Jane Waters and Nathan Hennigan probably did the best with what they had, they didn't have much. Rachel Brown had no ... More >>

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    July 6, 2011

    Abortion Sonogram Hearing: Novel Arguments from Plaintffs, So Judge Wants More Briefs

    Novel arguments from abortion-rights supporters, judge says.​Opponents trying to block the state's new so-called sonogram bill may have a tougher road in Texas than they've had in other states. This morning's hearing in Austin, before U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks, did not produce an immedia ... More >>

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    June 14, 2011

    Calvin Day: Alleged Pervy Dermatologist Loses License

    KSATJust walk away, Cal Day​The Texas Medical Board has suspended the license of a San Antonio dermatologist indicted last month on two counts of sexually assaulting patients -- but what really got our attention is the part where he ordered an employee to stick a laser hair-removal device "int ... More >>

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    April 5, 2011

    Imran Mynuddin: He's Not Stalking His Former Psychiatrist, He's Just Trying to Help

    Paris Hilton: Another overriding interest of this dude​It's only April, but thanks to KHOU, we became aware of a top contender for the Alleged Creep of the Year Award: Imran Mynuddin has been charged in Harris County on suspicion of stalking his former psychiatrist, who's now on the faculty of ... More >>

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    March 30, 2011

    Gerald Ratinov: Busted for Running Big Pill-Mill Operation

    Bye-bye, Abundant Life and Weight Loss Center.​A doctor with the Bond-like sinister name of Gerald Ratinov, along with 18 others, has been arrested in connection with a major prescription painkiller operation, District Attorney Pat Lykos and the local branch of the federal Drug Enforcement Age ... More >>

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    March 23, 2011

    Pro Life Group Uncovers Health Problems at Clinics

    ​Texas abortion clinics are plagued with health and administrative violations and have tons of gross medical waste, including fetal remains, in open trash bins outside their doors, according to the results of a three-month undercover study by Christian pro-life group Operation Rescue. The gro ... More >>

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    February 17, 2011

    Justin Michael Lee: Texas Revokes His Pediatric-Anesthesiology License Over Child-Porn Ring

    Justin Michael Lee's license revoked​The Texas Medical Board has revoked the license of a pediatric anesthesiologist who pleaded guilty to involvement in an online child porn file-sharing site. Justin Michael Lee, who had been practicing most recently in Phoenix, pleaded guilty to "tran ... More >>

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    January 18, 2011

    Julia Ward: Alleged Pill-Mill Doctor Says She's Legit

    We're no pill mill, doctor says​The Texas Medical Board has temporarily suspended the license of a Houston doctor who Board investigators allege is running a pill mill out of a pain clinic on West Little York.According to the suspension order of Julia Renee Ward, investigators for the Medical and ... More >>

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    March 31, 2010

    Houston Cancer Clinic Trying Hard To Keep Under Wraps A Memo Criticizing It

    ​Buried within a convoluted Harris County District Court lawsuit over legal fees is a potential matter of public health -- a matter the public may never get to see.At issue is an internal memo -- temporarily sealed by the court -- discussing alleged cover-ups of medical malfeasance, tax fraud, mon ... More >>

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    August 28, 2009

    Slap On the Wrist for Rich Doctor Who Molested Young Girls

    The animal world equivalent of Klem's punishment​Little-girl-lovin' Beaumont cardiologist Jeffrey Klem has entered into a 15-year "agreed order of public reprimand" with the Texas Medical Board, according to a Board release issued this morning. If you'll recall, Klem was the guy who sh ... More >>

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    March 27, 2009

    Not Your Usual Doctor's-License Suspension (This One Includes a 107 MPH Cop Chase)

    Hair Balls reads many Texas Medical Board notices of license suspensions, and they usually involve doctors keeping poor records or maybe popping a few pills. But Thursday's announcement of the suspension of Victoria doctor Shirley Pigott's license was in a league of its own.Pigott has had a long-sta ... More >>

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    June 18, 2008

    Paging Doctor Brown. No, Not the Back to the Future Guy. The Wife-Beating, Coke-Snorting Hand Center Guy. Michael Brown. Yeah, That One.

    Houston’s favorite wife-beating, medical-license-losing, cocaine-positive-testing dad has done it again: On June 4, a hair plucked from the scalp of “Doctor” Michael Brown tested positive for cocaine, according to Brown’s case file in Judge Bonnie Hellums’ family court. Brown lost his med ... More >>

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    April 10, 2008

    Executive Director of Texas Medical Board Announces Retirement

    Donald Patrick, executive director of the Texas Medical Board, will retire on August 28, according to a Board press release issued this morning. Patrick has held the position since 2001. The retirement date marks his 70th birthday. The Board has formed a search committee to find a replacement, acco ... More >>

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    January 10, 2008
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    November 1, 2007
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    October 18, 2007

    Sleepovers With Uncle Jeff

    The cardiologist traded on his status as a doctor to fondle young girls

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    August 30, 2007

    Mail Call

    A Different Breed

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    August 24, 2007

    Re: Steven Hotze and William Rea, Sitting in a Tree…

    Has your doctor ever tested to see if you’re allergic to jet fuel by pricking you with a small amount of the stuff? That’s what Dallas Dr. William Rea has done, according to a formal complaint released today by the Texas Medical Board. Rea’s the head of the Environmental Health Center in Dall ... More >>

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    August 9, 2007
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    September 21, 2006
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    August 17, 2006

    The White Coat Club

    Women complain that doctors get away with pretty much anything

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    August 17, 2006

    Parish Predators

    Despite the bishops remarks to the contrary, the Galveston-Houston Roman Catholic Archdiocese had child molesters and let them go. But dont blame just the Church.

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    August 4, 2006

    Hand Jive

    We're guessing Sophie didn't have much choice in the matter. Speaking of interesting doctors (editor's note: Um, that was so yesterday), ex-hand surgeon Michael Brown has started rebroadcasting a five-year-old commercial for his Hand Center in Houston. You may have seen it -- the one where the nat ... More >>

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    May 11, 2006

    In the Pink

    Surgeons are sculpting labia, reconnecting hymens and inventing a new standard of beauty in female genitalia

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    July 21, 2005

    Doctor Nice

    Steven Hotze uses a warm, easygoing manner to peddle natural hormones to women, at thousands of dollars a pop. So who cares about credentials or documented results?

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    February 3, 2005

    Taking His Medicine

    Troubled hand surgeon Michael Brown pursues custody of his two children

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    January 1, 2004

    Hard to Stomach

    A penalized doctor blames a medical giant for botched weight-loss surgeries

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    January 2, 2003

    A Figure to Die For

    Community Health Systems cashed in big on the stomach stapling rage. It almost cost Kaye Parsley her life.

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    July 11, 2002

    Medical Alert

    A new Web site should help consumers weed out questionable doctors

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    April 12, 2001

    Nature of the Beast

    Plastic surgeon Billy Ringer has been sued ten times for malpractice. He's on probation for sexual misconduct. He sewed a needle into Colleen Guidy. But he's still in business -- cutting, vacuuming, rearranging and, it seems, injuring patients.

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    January 25, 2001

    Rejection Slips

    The INS defends our borders and deports immigrant criminals. Sometimes, though, in its zeal, it tosses out perfectly law-abiding, hardworking people too.

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    November 9, 2000

    Catch Us If You Can

    Steve Chesser went to MHMRA for help. Sent home from its emergency clinic without medicine or therapy, he shot his and killed himself. Diagnosis: A mental health care system in free fall.

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    September 3, 1998

    Heal Thyself

    Rapid detox leaves a nurse suffering unforeseen side effects

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    June 20, 1996

    Cut & Run

    He made millions sculpting the figures of Houston women while dodging one of the largest malpractice judgments in Texas history. But after botching another surgery, can Dr. Gerald Johnson continue to operate?

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    January 25, 1996