Texas Medical Board temporarily suspends Lubbock doctor’s medical license

David Vermillion

LUBBOCK — The Texas Medical Board on Wednesday announced the temporary license suspension of Dr. David L. Vermillion to practice medicine, effective immediately.

 

According to the Order of Temporary Suspension by TMB obtained by the A-J, Vermillion is a board-certified family practice physician.

The suspension comes after TMB learned of what it calls a series of probation violations, failed drug tests and Vermillion’s alleged continued use of drugs and alcohol, which Vermillion failed to report to the licensing organization as part of an investigation into his criminal cases, according to a TMB news release.

It began with a protective order issued against Vermillion around Aug. 1, 2016, by the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office. He was arrested about nine days later on a felony stalking charge, violating a protective order and criminal trespass of a habitation, according to the TMB Order of Temporary Suspension.

He was arrested again on Sept. 19, 2016, by the same agency, accused of violating the protective order and the conditions of his bond. After his release, Vermillion failed multiple drug tests over a period of eight months, according to the TMB.

Vermillion pleaded guilty on Aug. 14 to violating the protective order and was sentenced to a year in jail with a suspended sentence in addition to two years of community supervision.

The Lubbock County District Attorney’s Office filed to revoke Vermillion’s probation on Oct. 9 based on his use or possession of drugs and alcohol, not remaining at his designated treatment facility for the minimum required days, going to a sports bar on Sept. 24, failing a breathalyzer test on Oct. 1 and failure to pay court fees for his GPS tracking device. A warrant was issued for Vermillion’s arrest on Oct. 10, according to the TMB Order of Temporary Suspension.

According to Vermillion’s publicly-accessible medical license on the TMB website, his last primary practice address is Lubbock Family Medicine.

A woman who answered the office phone at LFM Wednesday afternoon said Vermillion is no longer employed there and has not been for some time but could not say how long.

The next step by TMB is a temporary suspension hearing to be held as soon as practicable, unless Vermillion waives it and chooses to settle, according to a TMB spokesperson.

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