The New Mexico Medical Board suspended the medical license of an oncologist based out of Las Cruces on July 7. In seizing his medical license, the board cited a number of complaints that had been waged against the former New Hope Cancer Center doctor. He's been accused of not responding to patient medical records requests and of failing to render proper care of his patients.
There are currently two outstanding medical malpractice claims that have been filed against the doctor by patients in both Santa Fe and Las Cruces. Both of the patients that have filed those lawsuits and others have accused the doctor of not having provided treatment that is aligned with a standard course of care and not having provided them with proper evaluation of their medical condition, a diagnosis or monitoring.
At least one of the patients alleges that the cancer specialist failed to properly advise her as to the potential adverse side effects or complications associated with chemotherapy. He's also been accused of having neglected to communicate with both patients and their family members in either a professional way or within a reasonable time frame.
As for claims he improperly handled medical records, some patients have come forward and said he failed to provide both them and their other doctors with their medical records when a formal request was made for them. Additionally, he is accused of having failed to provide members of the state medical licensing board with this documentation when it was requested of him as well.
In a lawsuit filed by one of the doctor's female patients, she chronicles how, despite having been diagnosed with cancer, the doctor stalled when deciding whether she should receive chemotherapy. As her cancer spread, the doctor simply told her he might consider chemo the following month. She alleges that it's only because she saw another doctor, without the defendant doctor's knowledge, that her life was saved.
A doctor's responsibility is to do whatever it takes to save the lives of his or her patients. Any failure to do this puts a doctor at risk for being sued for negligence. If you suspect that your doctor has not provided you with the highest level of care, then you may benefit from speaking with a Los Lunas medical malpractice attorney.
Source: Las Cruces Sun-News, "Las Cruces cancer doctor gets license suspended," Diana Alba Soular, Aug. 02, 2017