Two East Texas Doctors Are Disciplined By Board

Two East Texas doctors are among those recently disciplined by the Texas Medical Board. Last week the board issued a list of 37 doctors who now face fines, restrictions, even license suspensions.

Forty-Five-year-old Gerald Harwick Zimmer III, used to practice Internal Medicine in Gun Barrel City. Since then, a new doctor's office has moved in, but in April, he was fined $1,000.00 for "failure to deliver medical records to a one of his patients within the required fifteen business days".

About a week ago, the Texas Medical Board suspended Zimmer's license. Zimmer told the board he was no longer practicing, but the board says "between July of 2004 and January of 2005, Zimmer, received several prescriptions for Hydrocodone and Soma, pain relievers, from multiple providers. The board goes on to say an expert reviewed the records and determined that this was evidence of drug-seeking behavior. They had another issue with the treatment of one of his patients in April of 2004, the board says Zimmer treated an adult male, for a lesion on his head. Zimmer removed the lesion three different times, but did not send the patient for further consultation. The patient did seek other medical treatment. The board says "when the patient was referred to a dermatologist by another physician, the lesion was positive for Basal Cell Carcinoma, a form of skin cancer." The board said doctor Zimmer should have considered the patient's medical history in his diagnosis, and that, overall, his record keeping was poor.

The other doctor Seventy-Five-year old doctor Albert Copeland Knoerr had a family practice in Tatum. The board says Knoerr has "failed to maintain appropriate medical records for four of his patients. The board says knoerr has agreed to cooperate in the investigation". He voluntarily surrendered his license. No word yet on any other punishments he might face.

Molly Reuter, reporting.