Texas-based anaesthesiologist Dr. Michael Patrick Gallagher, implicated in two tragic fatalities at separate health spas, has been permitted to continue his practice, albeit with stringent restrictions. The Texas Medical Board (TMB) recently imposed limitations on Gallagher, restricting his involvement in supervision and delegation in all scenarios, citing concerns about public welfare.
The Texas Medical Board’s initial action took place on December 18, prompted by their determination that Gallagher’s unrestricted practice posed a significant threat to public welfare, as stated in a press release by the TMB. This temporary restriction remains effective until the Board reaches a further decision.
Before the recent restriction, Gallagher’s license was suspended in October following the death of Jenifer Cleveland, a 47-year-old mother of four, who tragically passed away in July after receiving an IV vitamin infusion at Luxe Medical Spa in Wortham. Although Gallagher was the director of the spa, the IV procedure was allegedly administered by the spa’s owner, Amber Johnson, who lacked the required license. Cleveland became unresponsive during the procedure and was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital.
Gallagher’s involvement in another death, that of Kimberly Ray at Integrity Wellness Center in Coppell in 2021, has also come under scrutiny. He served as the center’s Chief of Anesthesiology but was allegedly not present during Ray’s procedure, which was conducted by Joseph Scott Houghton, a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) accused of misrepresenting his qualifications. The procedure led to extensive spinal damage for Ray, resulting in her death due to brain damage as per autopsy results.
During a deposition for a lawsuit related to Ray’s death, Gallagher admitted to not being board-certified as an anesthesiologist and claimed he wasn’t present on the day of Ray’s fatal procedure. Shockingly, he acknowledged not reviewing Ray’s care records or discussing EMS-provided care with them, despite his role as the chief.
While the Texas Medical Board continues its review of Gallagher’s case, concerned Texans are encouraged to visit the Texas Medical Board’s website, where they can access a doctor’s history, file complaints, and verify the credentials of individuals administering treatments.
The ongoing investigation into Gallagher’s involvement in these tragic incidents signifies the gravity of ensuring public safety and the proper practice of medicine. The TMB is anticipated to resume its review of Gallagher’s case post the holiday period, prioritizing the scrutiny of his actions in these unfortunate events.
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