A Belton physician was temporarily suspended by the Texas Medical Board on Thursday.
According to the Texas Medical Association, Terry Lairmore was the chief of surgical oncology at Baylor Scott & White in Temple.
The suspension comes after he was reported acting odd during surgical procedures on Nov. 18. The order said he was asked to submit a urine drug screen, and he refused.
He later told a department chair it was in his best interest to not provide a urine sample to the hospital.
The order said that he has been suspended based on evidence that he has potentially participated in patient care while under the influence of controlled substances.
The approval for his temporary suspension came without notice.
His suspension will remain until a hearing is conducted and a disciplinary panel enters an order.
He has been practicing medicine for more than 20 years. Lairmore's wife served as the TMA Alliance President from 2017-2018.
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