The Texas Medical Board took action against a Corpus Christi doctor last week, after it was determined the doctor had used "false and misleading advertising."
According to information provided by the TMB, Dr. Alberto Leonardo Belalcazar entered into an agreed order with the board on June 4 to immediately stop all advertising on television, radio, in print or on the Internet. Any future advertising performed by Dr. Belalcazar must be revised to conform to the Medical Practice Act and TMB rules. Dr. Belalcazar must also pay an administrative penalty of $2,000 and complete 30 hours of Continuing Medical Education divided equally between ethics, medical record keeping and plastic surgery procedures of the face.
According to TMB documents, the action was based on the board's finding that Dr. Belalcazar used false and misleading advertising, including proclaiming his services were some of the "best in the world", failed to practice medicine in an acceptable manner, failed to disclose reasonably foreseeable side effects, failed to obtain informed consent and failed to ensure proper documentation.