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Medical board reprimands Stephens City doctor


By Sally Voth - svoth@nvdaily.com

A Stephens City doctor has been reprimanded by the Virginia Board of Medicine after it was discovered he has had numerous drunken-driving convictions about which he had lied.

Dr. Carlos J. Martinez, who worked at a Valley Health urgent care center starting in June 2010, was reprimanded and ordered to comply with a health practitioner's monitoring program recovery contract, according to the May 31 board order.

Martinez is on a leave of absence from Valley Health, which fully cooperated with the board's investigation, according to Valley Health public relations manager Carol Weare.

According to Board of Medicine documents, Martinez was convicted of driving under the influence in 1997 in Fairfax County, and again in 2004 in Connecticut while he was in medical school. He was charged with public intoxication in Loudoun County in July 2004, and given a deferred disposition, with the case eventually dismissed, according to the documents.

Martinez was again arrested for DUI -- this time in Massachusetts -- in November 2010, and refused to take a breath test, according to the order. That case was continued with the condition he participate in an alcohol program and be on probation, the order states.

The doctor had been receiving treatment for mental health conditions, and was diagnosed as dependent on alcohol in December 2010, it states.

"...After Dr. Martinez admitted he had 'slipped' by drinking beer and a bottle of wine, he was advised by his psychiatrist to abstain from all alcohol use," the order states. "Treatment records indicate that Dr. Martinez has been noncompliant with this recommended abstinence plan, and continued to consume alcohol from January to July 2011."

Additionally, Martinez inappropriately took Xanax and phentermine, for which he did have prescriptions, according to the order.

His alleged lying has also gotten him in trouble. The order states he was placed on probation during his family residency program in 2005 for "among other things, providing false explanations for being absent on scheduled work dates." He was eventually fired from the program.

Martinez also lied on his state medical license application and on a job application regarding past crimes, and responded in the negative on the job application when it asked if he had ever had a problem with drugs or alcohol, according to the order.

Last year, Martinez reported to the medical board that his Massachusetts DUI arrest was a "first-time" offense, and claimed he'd never had a drug or alcohol problem, the order says.

And, in June 2011, Martinez phoned the urgent care center saying he couldn't work for three days due to the death of his brother, according to the order. When asked to provide a copy of the death certificate, he admitted he'd lied and said he'd been in jail for a DUI.

However, according to the order, court documents don't show him being in court at that time.

Additionally, despite being told on June 29 that he was being put on probationary status at the urgent care center, he told a Virginia Department of Health Professions investigator on Oct. 27 that he didn't know he was on probation, the order states.

The urgent care center's corporate director told the investigator Martinez seemed to have a "compulsive lying problem," a sentiment backed up by the director of his residency program, the order states.




4 Comments



This was the same story line that was on 'As the world turns' in the early 90s

Does it not make sense to do a complete background check on all applications for employment, medical board exam results, medical degrees, etc., that this person has applied for in the past? This 'doctor' is a danger to himself, his clients and the community in general. The principle responsibility of government / medical board is to protect it's citizens, correct?

Yes, you would think someone like this would be checked out. I've never been able to apply for a job without giving my life story: a background check, references, resume etc. They usually want everything but a pint of of blood. So how do these people slip into the system?

WE had better do our own background check on these doctors. You never know who you're dealing with. Scary isn't it?

I personally know of two doctors practicing in Winchester who messed some people up and even contributed to the death of one: they are still there! Word of mouth gets around but not well enough to remove them from practice.

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Yes, word of mouth does get around, but unless there's proof that the dr "messed some people up" and "contributed to the death of one" like a malpractice suit, criminal investigation, or formal investigations by the Medical Board, there will not be anything done against their licenses. People tend to think that if someone doesn't survive a hospital stay or doesn't heal like they should after a surgery or illness that it's always the doctor's fault. Sometimes it is, but sometimes it's underlying medical conditions that the patient didn't disclose or other medical conditions that manifested during the course of the illness that ultimately leads to further complications or death. This would by why Medical Malpractice is the most difficult type of litigation to prove.



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