The Texas Medical Board, Austin, announced that it disciplined Dr. Rolando Arafiles Jr., Kermit, Texas, but will allow him to continue practicing as a physician under several conditions.
Arafiles was indicted in January along with a former hospital administrator and two Winkler County law enforcement officials for their roles in allegedly retaliating against two nurses
involved in reporting Arafiles to the state medical board in 2009 for actions they believed were endangering hospital patients.
The medical board on Feb. 4 entered into a mediated agreed order that publicly reprimands Arafiles and requires that he pay a $5,000 administrative penalty. In addition, the agreement requires Arafiles to receive a clinical competency assessment conducted through Texas A&M University’s Knowledge, Skills, Training, Assessment and Research program and complete any and all subsequent retraining and remedial measures recommended. A physician must monitor Arafiles' practice for 12 monitoring cycles, and Arafiles must within one year and within three attempts pass the Medical Jurisprudence Exam as well as complete 16 hours of continuing medical education—eight hours in medical recordkeeping and eight hours in treating thyroid disease.
Arafiles could not be reached for comment. A person answering the phone at Winkler County Memorial Hospital, Kermit, where Arafiles worked when the intimidation allegedly occurred, declined to comment on whether Arafiles still worked there and referred calls to Arafiles.