Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 9, No. 42, Ed. 1 Friday, February 12, 1993 Page: 3 of 44
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Gay physician's license revoked
Dr. Ron Stegman vows to fight Jan. 29 revocation
order from the Texas Board of Medical Examiners
By Dennis Vercher
A gay physician whose license was
revoked on Jan. 29 by the Texas Board
of Medical Examiners vowed to seek a
re-hearing in an attempt to preserve his
ability to practice medicine.
Ron Stegman, D.O., said he believed
he was treated unfairly by "bureaucrats"
who misled examiners about the charges
against the physician, a founder of the
North Texas Association of Physicians
for Human Rights.
Investigators for the medical
examiners board alleged that Stegman
improperly dispensed medications from
his office, failed to maintain adequate
inventory records on controlled drugs
and, in the case of one patient,
improperly administered the pain-killer
The charges are "exaggeration and
gross overstatement," Stegman suggest-
ed, "and in many instances are based on
outright error and misrepresentations."
Stegman said his comments did not
imply criticism of the medical examiners
themselves — most of whom are
physicians — but called into question
the practices of staff investigators.
The situation began, Stegman said,
when an investigator appeared at his
office on Nov. 14, 1990 and announced
that he wished to conduct a check of the
physician's office for compliance with
drug record and inventory laws.
Stegman was at home when the
inspector arrived, he said, and received
a call from his receptionist regarding the
matter. The receptionist turned on her
speaker phone, Stegman said, "and I
could hear that he was accosting her in
a very abusive, abrasive and, in fact,
assaultive way. He accused her of
participating in 'drug running' and said if
she didn't come clean, she would do
slammer time as an accomplice."
Stegman said he proceeded to his
office, but the inspector had left,
returning later with two officers and a
second investigator. Stegman said he
then complied fully with investigators'
requests, and the compliance inspection
proceeded under their direction.
Stegman acknowledged that some of
his inventory procedures apparently did
not meet the requirements of current
law. But he added that the law had been
changed in the last five years and that
he was mistaken about some of the new
requirements. Stegman also said his
inventory procedures were rational even
if they did not meet the exact
requirements of current law.
For example, he said, the
investigator accused him of never
conducting an initial investory for a
supply of Dalmane. "But I obtained my
supply of that drug before it was added
to the controlled drug list," Stegman
stated, "and before a controlled drug
inventory was required."
In addition, Stegman said, "Most of
his [the investigator's] allegations came
from the records I kept in my office. If
we didn't have good records';* he
wouldn't have been able to make the
accusations he did about the
medications we were dispensing."
The revocation order also accuses
Stegman of operating a pharmacy, for
which he has no license. But the
physician said he provided medications
to patients "as a charitable outreach to
people who otherwise could not have
afforded the medications, in many
instances supplying them free of charge.
It is ridiculous for someone to distort
that and accuse me of trying to compete
with the pharmacies."
Stegman said he had obtained legal
counsel which "said as long as I was
filling only my own prescriptions,
fulfilling labeling requirements and
providing these drugs to my own
patients at their request, that would be
perfectly legal. And that was my
understanding of the law until the
inspector arrived at my office and told
Stegman also is accused of
dispensing 110 injections of Demerol to
a single patient between August 1989
and November 1990.which was
"nontherapeutic in nature or non-
therapeutic in the manner in which it
Stegman said the patient was a
woman he was treating for Demerol
dependency, the only instance in which
he treated the condition "in the history
of my practice. This was a woman witha
very difficult household situation,
dealing with multiple illnesses among
family members, and she was unable to
get off the drug on a cold-turkey basis."
Stegman also alleged that staff
members of the Medical Examiners
board failed to provide sufficient notice
of upcoming hearings, although the
revocation order notes that the notices
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Cathedral of Hope Metropolitan Community Church is located at 5910 Cedar Springs
UFMCC founder to take
part in events Feb. 19-21
Cathedral,of Hope Metropolitan
Community Church will officially
dedicate its newly-constructed $3 million
building during a weekend of
ceremonies beginning on Friday, Feb.
19, church leaders announced.
The world's largest gay and lesbian
congregation begins the celebration on
Friday, Feb. 19 with a reception and
An evening service on Saturday will
feature a new anthem performed by the
choir, orchestra and handbell ensemble.
The anthem, written by Danny Ray, was
commissioned by Cathedral of Hope for
the dedication services.
On Sunday, Feb. 21 at 10:30 a.m.,
Rev. Michael Piazza, senior pastor, will
conduct a service of consecration and
dedication. On Sunday evening, a
musical celebration featuring the Turtle
Creek Chorale and Women's Chorus of
Dallas will be held. Other groups and
individuals also will perform.
A highlight of the weekend will be
featured speaker Rev. Elder Troy D.
Perry, the founder of the MCC
All of the weekend activities will
take place at the Cathedral, located at
5910 Cedar Springs Road. The public is
invited to attend. ▼
race heats up
Oakley to open campaign
HQ; McDaniel receives
By Dennis Vercher
Although municipal elections are
nearly three months away, District 14
city council campaigns are swinging into
The District 14 seat encompasses
much of Oak Lawn and a significant
portion of East Dallas. It is particularly
interesting to gays and lesbians not only
because it is the district where many
gays live, but because two openly-gay
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