A former Victoria physician who was best known as the “Drive Thru Doc” can no longer practice medicine in Texas.
The Texas Medical Board revoked the medical license of Courtney Ricardo Morgan on Aug. 24 for failing to comply with a March 2017 order. He was one of 35 physicians disciplined during the meeting.
Under the previous order, Morgan was placed on probation for 10 years and could only practice medicine under restrictions because during March 2013, he had failed to register Hop Medical Services as a pain management clinic, failed to properly document his treatment of multiple patients, prescribed phentermine to himself for more than the 72-hour limit and allowed an unlicensed employee to have access to his prescription pad and signature stamp.
Public documents released Monday showed that since the 2017 order, he had refused to surrender his DEA controlled substances registration and did not obtain an appointment for a skill proficiency assessment.
The board’s recent action was based on an administrative law judge’s granting summary disposition in regards to both violations and aggravating factors. The order resolves a formal complaint filed at the State Office of Administrative Hearings.
The judge found Morgan had abused the discovery process. According to the order, the doctor had ignored contacts from state officials for weeks and failed to attend a deposition in Austin, which caused staff members to waste time and expense preparing for the case.
Morgan has 25 days from the service of the order to file a motion for rehearing. Efforts to reach Morgan by deadline Monday were unsuccessful.
A Texas Medical Board press officer told the Advocate that the action is reportable to the National Practitioner Data Bank available to all states.
Morgan has worked in several states – including California, Virginia, New York and Florida – since leaving Victoria in 2017, according to public medical board records in California, where he has been licensed since 2014.
Public records also show Morgan has a pending civil case in federal court against Scott Freshour and Mary Chapman, both of the Texas Medical Board, and John Kopacz, of the Texas Department of Public Safety, for malicious prosecution.
Court records show he is claiming the defendants conducted an unreasonable search and seizure at his business, where he allegedly operated a “pill mill.”
The doctor was charged with prescribing more than half of his patients pain medication in March 2013 without being licensed as a pain-management clinic, but the case weakened when a majority of the evidence was thrown out. The case was ultimately dismissed in January 2016.