Kermit Doctor Under Fire by the Texas Medical Board

by Victor Lopez
NewsWest 9

WINKLER COUNTY--A Kermit doctor comes under the microscope one more time.

He's the same doctor, who Winkler County nurses reported to the Texas Medical Board.

The Texas Medical Board has lodged a formal complaint against the man at the center of the nationally publicized Winkler County nurse trial.

The old adage, "when it rains, it pours", certainly seems to hold true for Dr. Rolando Arafiles, Jr.  After completing their investigation, the Texas Medical Board filed a 12-page complaint on June 22nd.  In it, they outline several violations they found he committed, some dating back to 2008.

The Texas Medical Board is requesting a contested case hearing against Dr. Arafiles, who is accused of alleged violations of the Medical Practice Act, among them are, "failure to maintain adequate medical records," "poor medical judgement," "poor decision making," "over billing," "improper coding," "non therapeutic prescribing and/or treatment" and "intimidation of witnesses."

The Texas Medical Board says the doctor's actions in these cases is "below the standard of care and/or unprofessional."

Arafiles has 20 days, from the day he was served the complaint, to file a written response with the State Office of Administrative Hearings.  He also will be required to attend the case hearing.  If either of those doesn't happen, Arafiles could have his license to practice medicine revoked.

It was these allegations that were brought to Texas Medical Board's attention by former Winkler County nurses, Vickie Galle and Anne Mitchell.

The two were fired from the hospital and faced criminal charges as a result.  The case against Galle was dropped before it went to trial.  Mitchell was acquitted in February. 
A date for Arafiles' case hearing has not been set.

Winkler County Memorial Hospital and Dr. Arafiles did not respond to our request for comment.