State Regulators Discipline 3 South Plains Doctors Including One in Lubbock

The Texas Medical Board on Friday announced penalties on Friday for three South Plains medical doctors including Carlos Rizo-Patron of Lubbock.
LUBBOCK, TX – The Texas Medical Board on Friday announced penalties on Friday for three South Plains medical doctors including Carlos Rizo-Patron of Lubbock. A TMB panel found that Rizo-Patron “raised his voice and used profanity in the presence of other licensees and staff members.”

People who worked with Rizo-Patron told the panel they were “frequently intimidated and upset.” Rizo-Patron disputed the allegations but agreed to settle with the Texas Medical Board. The agreement calls for several things including 14 hours of continuing medical education – six hours of which will be anger management.

The Texas Medical Board found Dr. Jamie Daniel Murcia of Plainview “engaged in sexually inappropriate behavior towards a patient, a patient’s family member, and two employees.”

Murcia denied the allegation but for the next two years agreed to “have a chaperone present anytime he performs a physical examination on a female patient or performs a physical examination on any patient where a female family member of the patient is present.”

Murcia also agreed to take a special course on “maintaining proper boundaries.”

Also on Friday the Texas Medical Board announced that Dr. Charles Carroll Bittle agreed to surrender his medical license. DPS investigators found him practicing medicine inside an unmarked metal building in Tahoka, and he was accused of prescribing drugs to seven patients in violation of state regulations. The board had already suspended Bittle’s license at the time of his voluntary surrender.

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