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Midlothian Physician Suspended for Online Solicitation of a Minor

The Texas Medical Board determined that his practice poses a continuing threat to public welfare.

The Texas Medical Board has temporarily suspended Midlothian physician Jeffrey Albert Astbury after he was arrested in August on a warrant in Dallas County for online solicitation of a minor. He was arrested in Ellis County on a warrant out of Dallas County.

The board determined that his practice poses a continuing threat to public welfare, and the suspension is effective immediately. According to Healthgrades, Astbury is a hospice and palliative medicine specialist in Midlothian who is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White – Midlothian.

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According to the Texas Medical Board, Astbury graduated from UT Southwestern Medical School in 1992. In 2015, the board and Astbury entered into a non-disciplinary remedial plan that required the physician to complete four hours of ethics or risk management and pay an administrative fee of $500 after he failed to use the Texas electronic death registry and or complete a death certificate. Astbury did not admit or deny the findings but agreed to the plan to avoid litigation.