Texas Medical Board rejects unlicensed practice allegations agai

Texas Medical Board rejects unlicensed practice allegations against doctors in Medical Examiner's office

The Texas Medical Board found no reason to take action on false allegations that Dr. Evan Matshes practiced medicine in Texas without a license when he assisted the Lubbock County Medical Examiner during an autopsy. The board also closed the investigation into the role of Dr. Sam Andrews, who performed the autopsies in question.

Andrews, who is licensed in Texas, made all medical decisions concerning the procedure and conclusions concerning the cause of death, and signed both the report and death certificate. Matshes assisted by teaching the county autopsy technicians about proper forensic photography techniques, as well as how to safely and effectively assist a forensic pathologist with modern autopsy techniques.  

The Medical Board’s decision was announced the same day a district judge threw out a lawsuit against Matshes and Andrews by Tita Senee Graves alleging that they had gotten her fired from her investigators job at the Medical Examiner’s Office. Graves raised the allegations of practicing medicine without a license in her lawsuit. 

“Once again we have been vindicated after someone was able to review the facts,” said Matshes. “It is incredibly difficult to read stories in the media you know are based on false accusations and wait for the legal process to get to the truth."

Matshes said he and Andrews appreciate the court and the Texas Medical Board in helping to clear their names of the allegations made against the, and hopes the next Lubbock County Medical examiner will not face the same challenges.

“Our mission is always to utilize the best medicine and science to get to the truth when it is necessary to determine a cause of death,” said Andrews. “It is difficult, exacting and sometimes emotionally draining especially when you are dealing with the death of a child."

Matshes said he is proud of the work they have done in the Lubbock County and look forward to continue to service the criminal justice community in the future.

“This should never be a political issue,” Matshes said.

 

 

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