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Three area doctors disciplined by state board

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Three Denton-area doctors were among 57 licensed physicians disciplined by the Texas Medical Board this month.

Daniel W. Caldwell, a Denton cardiologist, was cited for unprofessional conduct. Two doctors, Jonathan Richard Matthews of Trophy Club and Victor Vines of Argyle, were disciplined under quality-of-care violations.

According to state records, Caldwell was cited for failing to notify the Texas Medical Board that he was arrested, charged and convicted in 2005 for driving while intoxicated and for other incidents where he was detained but not charged.

State rules require a doctor to report an arrest and conviction on license renewal applications.

In addition, the board considered evidence that Caldwell had inappropriate relationships with two female patients. According to board records, he was accused of having his semen analyzed for a potential in vitro fertilization for one of the patients and sending her sexually suggestive e-mails. State records also showed that Caldwell claimed that a sexual relationship with the other patient did not start until after the patient-doctor relationship ended.

Caldwell did not return a call for comment.

Caldwell has been ordered by the board to employ a chaperone anytime he examines a female patient, to undergo a psychiatric examination and follow recommendations for care and treatment. In addition, he must pay a $3,000 fine and pass a medical jurisprudence exam. He also must complete a professional boundaries course and 16 hours of continuing medical education, with eight hours in ethics and eight hours in risk management.

Vines was disciplined for giving a co-worker (nurse) a sample of anti-depressants after the co-worker complained of depression symptoms, according to state records. The board noted mitigating circumstances, including that Vines had notified the co-worker’s primary physician of the prescription. They also cited evidence that he neither performed a complete evaluation nor a medical record, which is a violation of quality-of-care rules.

Vines did not return a call for comment.

Vines agreed to a mediated order that requires him to complete 16 hours of continuing medical education, including eight hours in ethics and eight hours in risk management, state records show. He must also pay a $1,000 fine.

According to state records, Matthews was cited for failing to follow standards of care for an 80-year-old man with Parkinson’s disease that eventually led to the man suffering irreversible brain damage. The board noted that Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine and Vibra Specialty Hospital terminated Matthews’ privileges in 2011. Matthews entered into a conduct agreement with Baylor that would assess and monitor both his patient care and working relationships with other hospital personnel in April 2010. The hospital found in April 2011 that he had violated that agreement, state records showed.

In addition, according to state records, Matthews resigned his privileges at North Hills Hospital in North Richland Hills during the investigation.

Matthews did not return a call for comment.

The board approved two agreed orders for Matthews, one that fines him $15,000 and requires him to undergo an evaluation by a board-designated psychiatrist and follow recommendations for care and treatment. He must complete 28 hours of continuing medical education, including 12 hours in record-keeping, 12 hours in ethics and four hours in prescribing controlled substances. The other order limits his practice to 200 hours per month, including administrative functions, on-call and patient care. He must complete another 24 hours of continuing medical education, including 16 hours in fluid and electrolyte management and eight hours, in person, of risk management.

— Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe