Under Scrutiny, Acupuncture Board Member Resigns
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Tuesday, July 05, 2016 12:00 AM

After questions about his own medical practice came to public attention, a member of one of Texas’ medical licensing boards has resigned from the position.  Daniel Brudnak, a family medicine and acupuncture physician from Gorman, last week resigned from the Texas Board of Acupuncture Examiners, one day after The Texas Tribune requested records about his appointment.  Among other issues, Brudnak “inappropriately” prescribed stimulants and anti-anxiety drugs known as benzodiazepines without adequate evaluations, according to a 2011 order by the Texas Medical Board.

The medical board charged Brudnak with "non-therapeutic prescribing practices" and found he had inadequate medical records. Brudnak “did not properly handle chronic pain with medications,” according to the disciplinary order, though the Texas Medical Board noted that it “did not constitute a majority of his practice.”  He was required to have an outside physician monitor his practice for roughly three years and to take 24 hours of continuing medical education classes on ethics, risk management and medical record keeping. He also had to pass the Texas Medical Jurisprudence Exam.  Brudnak disagreed with at least some of the regulatory board’s findings but complied with its directions, according to public records. His order was “terminated due to completion of all requirements” in 2014, according to the Texas Medical Board.

In his application to the acupuncture board position, Brudnak wrote that he had previously been reprimanded by the medical board. In a section describing the order, he wrote: “went to arbitration about medical records. all resolved public record.”

Brudnak served as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force and provided medical support to the Department of Defense for NASA space shuttle launches, according to a May press release from Abbott’s office. In addition to his family practice, he currently serves as the medical director of the Gorman Volunteer Fire Department, Olden Volunteer Fire Department, Cisco Volunteer Fire Department and Kindred Hospice, according to the press release.

Source:  https://www.texastribune.org/2016/06/29/abbott-appointee-resigns-under-scrutiny/