Dr. Hector Oscar Molina of Colleyville is, in a way, a by-the-book M.D.
At least, that's how he learned liposuction surgery before performing it, the Texas Medical Board says.
Molina, 47, performed nine hours of in-office liposuction on a patient, who suffered severe complications, according to board records. The board found flaws to this approach.
Molina performed the surgery despite having determined that the patient was unsuitable for it, according to board documents.
More problematic, his "entire knowledge" of the procedure consisted of reading a book written by the liposuction equipment maker, completing a two-week online program, passing an online exam and completing one procedure under the supervision of another surgeon, the board said.
Molina is listed in online board records as a general-practice pain-management/rehab physician. He was not at his Irving office Thursday and could not be reached at home.
In a news release last month, the board said Molina was "barred from performing any cosmetic, plastic or reconstructive procedures."
The board's temporary restriction order took effect April 13 and remains in effect until superseded by another order.
Molina has had past troubles with the board.
In 2004, he was fined $25,000 and his license was restricted for three years after the board found that he had prescribed controlled substances and dangerous drugs over the Internet without seeing patients, performing a physical examination or completing an adequate history.
He was ordered to alter his Drug Enforcement Administration certificate to eliminate authority to prescribe certain controlled substances, board records say.
The action came after a Colorado resident filed a complaint saying he obtained drugs prescribed by Molina from an Internet pharmacy. In court filings with the State Office of Administrative Hearings, Molina was accused of doing so "numerous times."
A patient identified as D.C. in board documents obtained hydrocodone from the website, which Molina was accused of prescribing. D.C.'s wife told the board that her husband was in drug rehab as a result of hydrocodone addiction.
The board ended Molina's probation after a year and eight months.
Records also show that in 2009, he ignored a board subpoena in a legal case and was fined $500. The public records on that order don't specify the nature of the case.
Records indicate that Molina also had a scrape with the law in Tarrant County.
In May 2010, police responded to a report of assault with bodily injury and involving family violence at a $1.3 million Colleyville home identified in board records as Molina's. Court records show that he was fined $246 and put on three months' probation in April 2011 after the matter was disposed as assault by contact.