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Monday, April 14, 2008

PATRICK TO STEP DOWN

Donald Patrick, MD, JD, who has led the Texas Medical Board (TMB) through stormy waters, announced he will retire Aug. 28. Dr. Patrick is a highly principled man who faced the board’s challenges head-on. He revamped the TMB disciplinary process after the news media revealed lax treatment of physicians who sullied the profession. He won additional appropriations for the agency, and his final goal is whittling away at the huge backlog of license applications that have flooded TMB since our 2003 liability reforms made Texas such a great place to practice medicine.

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