Texas Medical Board Disciplines Two Texarkana Doctors


The Texas Medical Board announced the discipline of more than 40 doctors Thursday. Included in the August 29 disciplinary actions were two Texarkana physicians.

Under the heading “DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS” and sub-heading “QUALITY OF CARE”, the Texas Medical Board Press Release lists the disciplinary actions of the two Texarkana Doctors:

Bowers, Robert Martin, M.D., Lic. No. H9808, Texarkana 

On August 29, 2014 the Board and Robert Martin Bowers, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order requiring Dr. Bowers to within one year complete at least 12 hours of CME, divided as follows: eight hours in the treatment of medical sepsis and four hours in risk management. The Board found Dr. Bowers should have admitted a patient based on the subsequent development of worsening presenting clinical symptoms.

Thompson, Douglas Edward, M.D., Lic. No. L4149, Texarkana

On August 29, 2014, the Board and Douglas Edward Thompson, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order requiring Dr. Thompson to within one year complete at least eight hours of CME in treatment of medical sepsis; and have his practice monitored by another physician for eight consecutive monitoring cycles. The Board found Dr. Thompson failed to meet the standard of care regarding his failure to diagnose the total infected knee and in his lack of knowledge regarding sepsis; and failed to meet the standard of care in his failure to admit the patient.

Overall, 41 licensed doctors were disciplined by the Texas Medical Board at its August 29, 2014 meeting. The Board also issued three cease and desist orders.

The disciplinary actions included seven orders related to quality of care violations, three orders related to unprofessional conduct, three revocations, seven voluntary surrenders, four suspensions, one order related to peer review actions, two orders related to other states’ actions, two orders related to nontherapeutic prescribing, three orders related to inappropriate prescribing, four orders related to violation of prior board order, one order related to violation of Board rules, one order related to Texas Physician Health Program violations, and three orders related to inadequate medical records. The Board also took disciplinary action against two pain management clinics and a surgical assistant.

The Board issued 244 physician licenses at the August meeting, bringing the total number of physician licenses issued in FY14 to 3,994.

To read the full Press Release, see here.

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