The Lone Star Review - State

Texas Medical Board Issues Discipline for a More than a Couple of South Texas Physicians

On March 5, 2021, the Texas Medical Board issues a Press Release for discipline it provided on numerous physicians licensed to practice medicine in the State of Texas.

Discipline in the Corpus Christ Area:

Anderson, Michael Alan, M.D., Lic. No. L5975, Corpus Christi
On March 5, 2021, the Board and Michael Alan Anderson, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order requiring him to within one year complete at least eight hours in medical recordkeeping and documentation. The Board found Dr. Anderson’s documentation of a patient’s medication cross-tapering and discharge was lacking as the records lacked notes regarding his assessments of the patient and the discharge summary does not sufficiently detail the patient’s hospital course or patient’s death.

Discipline in the Rio Grande Area:

Visintine, Crystal Felici, No License, McAllen
On March 5, 2021, the Board and Crystal Felici Visintine entered into an Agreed Cease and Desist Order prohibiting Ms. Visintine from practicing medicine in the state of Texas without a license issued by the Texas Medical Board. The Board found Ms. Visintine engaged in the corporate practice of medicine by jointly operating a med spa and conducted a consultation with a patient where she took the patient’s medical history, obtained informed consent (though the patient refused to sign the form), and performed a nonsurgical cosmetic procedure.

Discipline in the San Antonio Metro Area:

Tatum, Leslie, No License, New Braunfels
On March 5, 2021, the Board and Leslie Tatum, entered into an Agreed Cease and Desist Order prohibiting her from practicing medicine in the state of Texas without a license issued by the Texas Medical Board. The Board found Ms. Tatum administered antibody testing to hundreds of patients for COVID-19. Ms. Tatum was not acting under the supervision of a physician at any time during the time she advertised, administered, and interpreted testing results, nor is she a licensed midlevel provider.

Martinez, Cervando, Jr., M.D., Lic. No. D9228, San Antonio
On March 5, 2021, the Board and Cervando Martinez, Jr., M.D., entered into an Agreed Order of Voluntary Surrender in which Dr. Martinez agreed to voluntarily surrender his Texas medical license in lieu of further disciplinary proceedings. Dr. Martinez was under investigation for standard of care violations involving four patients, and he has decided to cease practicing and retired from medicine.

Patel, Luv Bipin, M.D., Lic. No. BP10069288, San Antonio
On March 5, 2021, the Board and Luv Bipin Patel, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order publicly reprimanding him. The Board found Dr. Patel was terminated from his residency program after his non-compliance with a performance improvement plan and after testing positive for alcohol at work. Dr. Patel is currently enrolled with the Texas Physician Health Program under a multi-year monitoring agreement.

Fernandez, Joel, M.D., Lic. No. R4387, San Antonio
On March 5, 2021, the Board and Joel Fernandez, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order suspending his license until he requests in writing and personally appears before the Board to provide clear evidence that his is physically, mentally, and otherwise competent to safely practice medicine, including the completion of the independent medical evaluation; and within 30 days obtain an independent medical evaluation from a pre-approved board certified psychiatrist and follow all recommendations for care and treatment. The Board found Dr. Fernandez was previously temporarily suspended due to impairment issues.