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 did not renew his license to practice there. U.S. News and World Report lists O’Brien as having privileges at Baylor Scott and White All Saints Medical Center–Fort Worth and Baylor Scott and White Medical Center–Plano, though he no longer has privileges at either facility.

The suspension will remain in place until the Board takes further action.

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