When he hears the name Dr. Martin Eugene McGonagle, Fort Worth-based medical malpractice attorney, Brandon Boehme, is confronted by memories of a decade of complaints against the local physician who has offices in Stephenville, Brownwood, Granbury and Mineral Wells.
“I have been dealing with McGonagle for a long time, on a bunch of issues,” Boehme said by telephone Monday. “A lot of people and a lot of complaints.”
McGonagle’s Web site states he “is at the forefront of the latest surgical techniques for body contouring and facial plastic surgery.” His medical license, number G6563, says his primary specialty is Otolaryngology with a secondary specialty in cosmetic surgery.
Due to attorney-client privilege, Boehme would not discuss the nature of his clients’ claims but did say that he has spoken with many Stephenville and Granbury residents who suffered in various ways following procedures such as breast augmentations and lip implants.
A search of court records showed Boehme is currently representing a local woman in a civil case filed in August 2006 and is currently pending in the 266th Judicial District Court. Records also show a case that was filed in Erath County in 1995 and dismissed three years later.
According to a recent report in the Hood County News, a number of Hood County cases involving McGonagle, have been settled, including the following:
• Medical malpractice case following an ear surgery, was filed in November 1996. At trial, in March 2000, the jury sided with the doctor.
• Wrongful death claim filed in December 2001 by the family of 72-year-old man who reportedly died following a septoplasty. The case was settled with a confidentiality agreement in March 2004.
• Wrongful death claim filed in May 2003 following an outpatient sinus surgery on a 76-year-old man. The case was settled with a confidentiality agreement in May 2005.
• Medical malpractice claim filed in January 2007 following a breast augmentation and settled with a confidentiality agreement in January 2009.
• Medical malpractice claim was filed in May following a breast augmentation. The case was settled in August, with a confidentiality agreement.
• Three additional cases have been filed in Brown County.
In August, McGonagle entered into a two and a half year order with the Texas Medical Board (TMB) that requires his cosmetic surgery practice to be monitored. It also orders him to complete courses on record keeping and maintaining proper boundaries and complete 20 hours of continuing medical education courses in wound care, infectious disease and antibiotic therapy.
A review of cases dated 2000-06 by the TMB found that McGonagle failed to properly treat post-operative wounds, adequately document patients’ care and treatment records and asserted that he had an “inappropriate financial relationship with an employee in his practice.”
The TMB findings and McGonagle’s slap on the wrist came following a number of complaints to the TMB.
McGonagle served on active staff at Harris Methodist Erath County Hospital from 1984-2006; was on active staff at Lake Granbury Medical Center from 1993-2003 and also reportedly served on staff at the Brownwood hospital.
The receptionist at McGonagle’s Stephenville office said on Monday that the doctor had “no comment.”