North Texas doctor deemed a ‘threat to the public’ has license suspended after patient dies
The Texas Medical Board on Friday temporarily suspended the license of a North Texas doctor, calling him an “ongoing threat to the public welfare.”
Anesthesiologist Dr. Raynaldo Rivera Ortiz, Jr. has been suspended from practicing medicine until further notice.
Dr. Ortiz was part of an ongoing criminal investigation into serious heart complications and patient death linked to Ortiz’s attendance at Baylor Scott & White Surgicare North Dallas from May to September 2022, according to the Council.
The medical board says Ortiz was seen on surveillance footage dropping single IV bags into a water heater in the lobby outside the operating rooms. Investigators discovered that when he put a bag in the heater, a patient suffered serious complications soon after.
On June 21, 2022, a fellow doctor at the Surgicare facility took one of the IV bags home when she was sick to rehydrate. When she inserted the IV at home, she almost immediately had a heart attack and died.
Inspection of the IV bags revealed tiny holes in the plastic wrap around the bags. Tests on the bags revealed they contained the local anesthetic bupivacaine, but were not labeled as such, according to the council.
Tests were also performed on the remaining contents of an IV bag given to an otherwise healthy patient who had a heart attack during routine surgery. Tests indicated that the IV fluid contained drugs that could and would be fatal if given intravenously, the advice said.
Baylor Scott & White Surgicare North Dallas suspended operations on September 2 after learning of the circumstances surrounding the doctor’s death.
Ortiz’s license to practice medicine was issued in 1991.
He operates Garland Anesthesia Consultants in Richardson.
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Dr. Ortiz’s temporary suspension will remain in place until the Board takes further action.
A hearing will be held at a later date unless Ortiz waives that option.