Texas Medical Board Suspends The License Of a Frisco Doc

Dr. John Carl Ferrell’s license has been temporarily suspended, without notice, by the Texas Medical Board. The TMB says in a news release Monday afternoon that Ferrell was arrested for possessing illegal substances. Evidence also revealed that “he was writing prescriptions for controlled substances to a patient with whom he had a close, personal relationship for periods in excess of 72 hours, and that he was prescribing large amounts of controlled substances including opioids, benzodiazepines, Soma, amphetamines, and testosterone to individual patients at one or more clinics in the Frisco, Texas area, the release says. The suspension landed, effective immediately,… Full Story

Two UT Southwestern Faculty Members Receive Endocrine Society Laureate Awards

A couple of UT Southwestern Medical Center faculty members learned this week that they’re winners of heralded Laureate Awards from the Endocrine Society. Dr. Helen Hobbs, director of the Eugene Mcdermott Center for Human Growth and Development, takes home the 2019 Gerald D. Aurbach Award for Outstanding Translational Research. It’s the latest in a very decorated stretch for Hobbs, whose work led to the development of a new class of drugs for treating high cholesterol by identifying how certain genetic variants impact cardiometabolic health. Carole Mendelson, a professor of biochemistry and obstetrics and gynecology, receives the Sidney H. Ingbar Distinguished… Full Story

Lunch With… Parkland Chief Medical Officer Roberto de la Cruz

Roberto de la Cruz is a Parkland Health & Hospital System “boomerang,” as he calls it. He worked his way up to associate medical director at a Parkland clinic, and then departed for Baylor University Medical Center in 2000, where he spent the next decade and a half. But de la Cruz would eventually make it back to Parkland, and in 2015, he was named the system’s chief medical officer. For the September issue of D CEO, de la Cruz and I met for lunch at Ascension at The Crescent, where we talked about his career and, mostly, about Hurricane… Full Story

Gary Tigges Resigns From Leadership Roles at Texas Health Plano Following Comments In Dallas Medical Journal

Dr. Gary Tigges, who made national news in recent days after his comments that female doctors “do not work as hard,” has resigned from his leadership positions at Texas Health Plano, the hospital’s president told staff on Wednesday. Texas Health Plano President Josh Floren wrote in an internal memo that the executive committee of the hospital’s medical board accepted Tigges’ resignation on Tuesday. Tigges had been serving on the medical board since 1999 and was the current chair of the hospital’s credentialing committee. He steps down from both positions. “This past weekend we learned of comments that Dr. Gary Tigges… Full Story

Plano Doctor’s Comments on Gender Pay Gap, and His Apparent Twitter History, Come To Light

Over the weekend, comments from a Plano doctor published in the most recent issue of the Dallas Medical Journal elicited far and wide criticism on social media. Answering a question about the gender pay gap among physicians, Dr. Gary Tigges, an internal medicine doc who has a practice in Plano, said the following: Yes, there is a pay gap. Female physicians do not work as hard and do not see as many patients as male physicians. This is because they choose to, or they simply don’t want to be rushed, or they don’t want to work the long hours. Most… Full Story

Medical City Doc Gets National Osteopathic Medicine Award

Matthew Brandon Barker has been named the 2018 Outstanding OMM Resident of the Year by the American Osteopathic Foundation. The Medical City Forth Worth resident receives the award for his “exemplary work, demonstrated leadership, and steadfast clinical performance.” Barker is specializing in combined family medicine and osteopathic neuromusculoskeletal medicine. He got a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California. He’s set to finish up residency in June 2019.

Leaders From Texas Health, Baylor, and StratiFi Discuss Independent Physicians, Community Care, and Microhospitals (Panel Recap, Part II)

Yesterday, we ran part one of our two-part recap from last week’s D CEO Healthcare Breakfast Panel, featuring Barclay Berdan, CEO of Texas Health Resources; Gary Brock, chief integrated delivery network officer at Baylor Scott & White Health; and Dr. Christopher Crow, CEO of StratiFi Health and president of Catalyst Health Network. Today, we get to the second half of our panelists’ remarks, most of which come in response to questions from the audience. Comments have been edited for length and clarity. Let’s get to it: Crow on consolidation and the importance of independent physicians: “Consolidation in America in healthcare… Full Story

Leaders From Texas Health, Baylor, and StratiFi Discuss Disruption, Cost, Outpatient Growth, and Construction

Last week, we corralled a few heavy hitters in North Texas healthcare onto a stage at the AC Hotel Dallas by the Galleria. Over the course of what turned out to be a little over an hour (sorry to keep you), we talked about the evolution of healthcare and impending disruption and, more than anything, about how these things are playing out in the types of investments health systems are making—and should be making, and might make in the future—in Dallas-Fort Worth and beyond. The panelists were Barclay Berdan, CEO of Texas Health Resources; Gary Brock, chief integrated delivery network… Full Story

Conversation With: DCMS President Dr. Ruben Velez On Underserved Communities, Physician Burnout, and Healthcare Fractionation

Dr. Ruben Velez began his involvement with the Dallas County Medical Society through its Project Access program, a free clinic that the organization discontinued due to a lack of funding in 2013. So it should come at no surprise that, as DCMS’ president, Velez has made improving access to care for underserved communities a priority. A graduate of the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, Velez moved to Dallas for residency in 1978 and did a fellowship in nephrology at UT Southwestern Medical Center thereafter. By now, he’s a 40-year veteran of Dallas-Fort Worth’s medical scene. He’s also the… Full Story

You Need To Know AMN Healthcare’s Susan Salka

Last year, AMN Healthcare CEO Susan Salka moved herself from the company’s traditional headquarters in San Diego (where it employs 1,100 people) to Dallas-Fort Worth, setting up camp at the company’s 700-employee Cypress Waters hub. Although PR types will argue with you over this sort of thing, a company’s HQ is generally considered to be where its CEO sits. AMN didn’t wait for those questions to surface. Instead, it took a page from the Amazon playbook and deemed Dallas its second headquarters. Business verbiage aside, Salka is a relatively knew-to-the-region CEO heading a $2 billion-plus (revenue) company. AMN does healthcare… Full Story