BEAUMONT, Texas — According to a press release from the Texas Medical Board, the Texas medical license of Garrett Keith Peel, M.D. was temporarily restricted after the board determined his “...continuation in the unrestricted practice of medicine poses a continuing threat to public welfare.” The release says the restriction was effective immediately.
The order prohibits Dr. Peel from performing any surgical cases involving the breast, including, but not limited to lumpectomies, mastectomies, reconstruction, augmentation, and implantation.
“The Board panel found, based on evidence provided, that Dr. Peel has established a pattern of patient care that deviates significantly from the applicable standard of care in his surgical practices,” according to the press release.
Dr. Peel sent 12News the following written statement in response to the press release:
“The TMB based their temporary decision on heresay and allegations from competing surgeons in Beaumont that were not corroborated with facts.
The poor outcome and the few “heresay” complications that were presented by my competition do not bring my outcome data below the national averages. There is emphatically no “pattern” in poor surgical care to my breast patients as alleged publicly by Drs. Larson, Dean, Kavaspour, Kresta and Morales and this TMB’s ruling. Hospital outcome data supports my surgical success.
It is unfortunate for myself and every other doctor that has or may come under this type of attack to be judged on one case instead of looking at all breast cases and surgical outcomes. Every surgeon will have a bad outcome that is why you look at the overall outcome data to ensure an honest evaluation of their work and whether they “pose a threat to public welfare.”
I look forward to the future hearing by the TMB to be able to share objective data, peer reviews and quality outcomes, along with hundreds of patients’ testimonies and my excellent results.
I am in “good standing” at every hospital I practice, including the Medical Center of Southeast Texas and I am currently performing surgeries today. I stand by my results, training and expertise in breast and other surgery and expect the temporary ruling to be lifted soon, if a fair and objective trial is provided by the TMB."
The temporary restriction remains in place until the Board takes further action.
Dr. Kevin Dean and Dr. Jennifer Kresta released a statement to 12News saying, "Dr. Dean and Dr. Kresta gave their testimony under oath Tuesday to the Texas Medical Board. Beyond that, they have no further comment."
12News has also reached out to Dr. Larson, Dr. Kavaspour and Dr. Morales but has yet to receive a response.
Dr. Peel has maintained a high public profile in the community, having served on numerous boards for non-profit organizations. He was also the chair of the Jefferson County Republican Party for one term.