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

Meet D CEO Healthcare Panelist Dr. Carlos Arteaga

Next week, D CEO is hosting a healthcare panel to discuss the future of cancer treatment and its implications for the healthcare industry. We are pleased to have renown breast cancer specialist Dr. Carlos Arteaga, the Lisa K. Simmons Distinguished Chair in Comprehensive Oncology at UT Southwestern, as one of our panelists. Arteaga is known for his work laboratory-based translational research in order to advance the care of breast cancer patients. He has expertise in applying biomedical research conclusions to clinical work, an essential part of advancing cancer care. Over his 30 year career, he has seen and played a… Full Story

Texas Health Aetna Hopes to Reduce Drug Costs Through Data and Education

Texas Health Aetna’s new campaign hopes to educate physicians on inexpensive versions of drugs to reduce healthcare costs across the board. Called Go-to Green, the health insurance provider is using data to find cheaper prescription options. Texas Health Aetna’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Delanor Doyle says that the company utilizes data from Texas Health Resources and Aetna to find out what drugs are being prescribed by which physicians and to whom in their netowrk. If they are aware of a medicine that is equally effective and cheaper, they will contact the physicians and let them know about the more inexpensive… Full Story

Before Babies Are Born, This Surgeon Operates On Them

The best place for a baby to recover from surgery is the womb. So, when fetuses need surgery, the best place to operate is in utero. Dallas is home to one of the top fetal surgeons in the country, Dr. Timothy Crombleholme, who opened The Fetal Care Center at Medical City Dallas this summer. Shawn Shinneman’s October D Magazine piece chronicles Crombleholme’s path to Dallas, the development of fetal surgery locally, and the story of a North Texas family whose twin children required an operation while they were inside their mother’s womb. The Fetal Care Center is just one of… Full Story

M.D. Anderson’s Dr. James Allison Awarded Nobel Prize

Houston can call one of its top physicians a Nobel Prize winner. M.D. Anderson Cancer Center’s Dr. James P. Allison won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his breakthrough cancer research this week, the New York Times reports. Allison, 70, worked toward aiding the immune system’s ability to attack cancer by suppressing the proteins that resist the immune’s system’s ability to fight cancer cells. Normally, cancer treatment involves three plans of attack: surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. But the Nobel committee at the Karolinska Institute called Allison’s immune system treatment “an entirely new principle for cancer therapy,” according… Full Story

Survey: Texas Physicians Are Among The Most Likely To Be In Private Practice

Adding another statistic here from the Merritt Hawkins study we tipped to earlier this month. The company worked with The Physicians Foundation to survey 8,774 physicians about their practice and morale. Texas has the 7th-highest rate of private practice physicians in the country, at 40.1 percent. The national average is 29 percent. Here are the top 10 states for private practice physicians: Nevada (47.8 %) Georgia (47.1%) Louisiana (45.5%) Connecticut (43.4%) Hawaii (41.9%) Mississippi (41.4%) Texas (40.1%) Tennessee (39.9%) New Jersey (38.4 %) South Dakota (36.8%) The state with the lowest percentage of physicians was North Dakota at 12.5 percent.