When Your Belly Fat is Used to Treat Your Arthritis

A local doctor is using patients’ fat to treat their orthopedic issues, using the properties of fat to restore joint cushioning. Dr. Steven Meyers is a primary care sports medicine physician who works at Texas Health Care’s Bone and Joint Clinic in Fort Worth. After learning of the process a few years ago at national meetings, Meyers brought the regenerative medicine technique to his practice. Fat tissue has reparative capabilities, he says, including cells, proteins and hormones that help repair cushion and support in joint tissue. When patients come to the clinic complaining of any number of joint issues, from knee… Full Story

Convicted McKinney Surgeon Pleads Guilty to Additional Sexual Assault

McKinney orthopedic surgeon Donald Ozumba, 46, pleaded guilty to four additional sexual assault charges this week, after being convicted of assaulting an elderly patient last year and sentenced to 10 years in prison, according to the Dallas Morning News. The recent pleas will not increase the time he spends prison. According to DMN, a 71-year-old victim says Ozumba penetrated her with his finger while she was receiving steroid injection in 2016 at OSSM Orthopedics in McKinney. Ozumba was arrested in 2017 when a second woman reported the same behavior, DMN reports. His newest guilty pleas all resulted in eight year… Full Story

Texas Medical Association CEO Set to Retire

Executive vice president and CEO of the Texas Medical Association Louis J. Goodman is retiring after 22 years in that position. He helped lead the 53,000 physician and medical student members with 110 component county organizations statewide. Goodman is originally from New Jersey, and earned his bachelor’s master’s and doctorate in public affaris at New York University. He worked with the American Medical Association and at Michael Reese Medical Center in Chicago before joining the TMA staff in 1987. Since 1997 when Goodman took the role of CEO, TMA membership has grown by more than 50 percent while working with… Full Story

Texas Medical Board Suspends Orthopedic Surgeon for Missing Drug Tests

The Texas Medical Board has temporarily suspended a surgeon who formerly had privileges at area hospitals for failing to undergo drug and alcohol testing and testing positive two different times. The TMB says that Dr. Michael Francis O’Brien, an orthopedic surgeon, “poses a continuing threat to public welfare” if he continues in his practice. Past incidents impaired O’Brien, causing him to be put in a Texas Physician Health Program Monitoring and Assistance Agreement. When he missed his drug and alcohol tests, he violated the agreement. O’Brien had privileges at Children’s Health Plano Hospital from November 2015 to June 2017, but… Full Story

A New Old Model That Could Change How Employees Receive Primary Care

Is it possible to get quality primary care without worrying about deductibles, copays, or dealing with the insurance company? An old model is being revamped to simplify primary care and change the incentives. In the fee-for-service model where many primary care physicians are owned by large hospital systems, the incentives for the doctors may be skewed away from patient care and cost. More tests, procedures, and appointments mean more revenue for the doctor or hospital system, and if they are part of a large system, physicians have added pressure to refer their patients to specialists and surgeons in that network,… Full Story

Sex and Drugs Lead to Suspended License for North Texas Physician

The Texas Medical Board has temporarily suspended a Stamford, Texas physician’s license without notice because a “continuation in the practice of medicine poses a continuing threat to public welfare,” a release says. Dr. Douglas Kruckner was found to have engaged in a sexual relationship with a patient while prescribing that patient controlled substances. He was arrested for possessing marijuana and methamphetamine, which he admitted to using, and for possessing the associated paraphernalia. The release says “Kruckner also appears to be nontherapeutically prescribing opioids, benzodiazepines and other controlled substances to his patients.” The release says the the temporary suspension will remain… Full Story

Dr. Death’s Life Sentence Upheld in Appeals Court

Dr. Christopher Duntsch’s life sentence was upheld by the Fifth District Court of Appeals earlier this week, confirming the aggravated assault charges for operations conducted in the operating room, a legal first. Duntsch was charged with with five counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of injury to an elderly individual, though there are reports about dozens of patients who were left in pain, paralyzed, or dead after he operated on them. The trial focused on just one patient, Mary Efurd, an elderly patient whose back was left mangled after Duntsch was done with her. The… Full Story

AveoMedical’s Use of Technology is a New Model for Geriatric Medicine

AveoMedical is changing how medical care is delivered to seniors in Dallas with its partnership with Presbyterian Village North. Dallas-based AveoMedical established a clinic at the senior leaving community and its staff of traveling doctors will make visits to the facility to provide care needs for the independent living residents at PVN. The physicians specialize in geriatrics and their presence onsite will allow the residents to schedule appointments at their convenience. The physicians lease rooms at PVN’s wellness clinic and provide care five days a week. Patients will begin with an assessment that educates the physicians on past health events… Full Story

Despite Fewer Applications, Women are More Likely Than Men to Enroll at UTSW

Last fall, U.S. medical schools enrolled more women than men for the first time ever, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. Many Texas medical schools followed suit, with UT Southwestern also fitting into the trend. While 50.7 percent of the 21,338 medical students who matriculated in 2017 were female according to the study, UTSW students were 50.4 percent women, despite 51 percent of applicants being male. UTSW was also the Texas school most likely to have out-of-state applicants. The study says that 50 years prior, only 9.8 percent of U.S. medical school enrollees were female. The study notes… Full Story

Meet D CEO Healthcare Panelist Dr. R. Steven Paulson

Dr. R. Steven Paulson is a specialist in medical oncology and hematology who leads Texas Oncology as president and board chairman. For more than 30 years, Texas Oncology’s community-based cancer treatment has grown to include more than 175 sites around the state and employ 420 physicians, and he will be one of our featured panelists for D CEO‘s healthcare breakfast. Texas Oncology continues to grow, push innovation via research, and support patients and survivors as they fight cancer. In September, Texas Oncology opened a comprehensive cancer care center in Fort Worth’s medical district, where they will offer medical, gynecologic, and radiation… Full Story