Silver City doctor faces ethics viola...

Silver City doctor faces ethics violation

There are 481 comments on the Silver City Sun-News story from Aug 30, 2009, titled Silver City doctor faces ethics violation. In it, Silver City Sun-News reports that:

The New Mexico Medical Board has filed a Notice of Contemplated Action against Twana Sparks, a Silver City doctor, based on a complaint that alleges she performed unauthorized genital exams on many of her patients while they were under anesthesia.

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Sancho Panza

Sun City West, AZ

#461 Jan 5, 2011
Al Reine wrote:
Hmmmmm...anyone want to give me a golden shower or pearl necklace?
Callate, hoto.
Copping a Feel

Sugar Land, TX

#462 Jan 5, 2011
Nothing that happens in southern NM should shock anyone.
get over it

Albuquerque, NM

#463 Jan 5, 2011
This shit is old allready get over it!! Theres worst stuff happening here talk about that!

Las Cruces, NM

#464 Mar 7, 2011
This is so silly. Twana Sparks has always been very professional and I think this is ludicrous. What doctor with two brain cells is going to draw cartoons on their patients...give me a break people.
stunned in Silver City

Huntsville, AL

#466 Mar 8, 2011
Jamie wrote:
This is so silly. Twana Sparks has always been very professional and I think this is ludicrous. What doctor with two brain cells is going to draw cartoons on their patients...give me a break people.
She's publicly admitted to drawing cartoons, writing get well messages, etc. on her social acquaintances. How many brain cells does that leave her?
The Usual Suspects

United States

#470 Mar 8, 2011
Innocent until proven guilty.

United States

#472 Mar 8, 2011
Why is this resurfacing? I obviously have missed something between Oct 2010 and today.
just curious

Silver City, NM

#473 Mar 8, 2011
With all the real news in the world why is this trash still running. The comments are becoming stupid and disgusting and the Sun-News must really have pitiful editorial oversight to allow this to continue. Does this paper really hate this person so much? DISGUSTING!!!!!!

Las Vegas, NV

#474 Mar 8, 2011
If she were a male doctor most folks on this site, the press, and the medical board would have already formed a lynch mob. Funny to see the "ole double standard" is alive and well...
The Realist

Ashburn, VA

#475 Mar 8, 2011
Well...without having all the facts, I can only say one thing: Dr Twana Sparks is one of the finest people to have ever set foot in Silver City, quirks and all. She has helped so many people in so many ways. What a shame.

Silver City, NM

#477 Jul 21, 2011
mike b wrote:
Just curious... were the victims male or female...
male- low income hispanics

Silver City, NM

#478 Jul 21, 2011
advocate wrote:
Dr. Sparks is doing an excellent job of manipulating the system. In fact, she is in the process of trying to oust someone else out of their job as we speak! So let me get this straight, you believe there are people who are writing malicious comments about Dr. Sparks? On the contrary, she in fact, has earned each and every one of them, and I for one, plan to hang on to find out just what justice is done. This is a classic case of a cover up, and is being totally swept under the carpet.
It seems to me also that it was swept under the carpet.

Silver City, NM

#479 Jul 21, 2011
stunned in Silver City wrote:
While not exactly a cover up, Dr. Sparks' comments at multiple public functions at which she has defended herself have been misleading.
She has repeatedly stressed the supervisory actions mandated by the agreement, indicating that they are easily met and will be eventually dropped, and the implication is that every restriction in the agreement will eventually be dropped. She never mentions that her license to practice medicine has been permanently restricted to ENT only, that she is permanently required to refer all other complaints to other physicians, and that she is permanently banned from performing breast and genital exams.(e.g.. She can no longer do a patient a favor and perform a minor pre-sports physical exam so a student can participate is any school athletics. She can't give a prescription for an antibiotic for a "routine" bladder infection. She can't put a band-aid on a cut knee.)
She has repeatedly claimed that she was merely trying to provide indigent patients with a no-cost complete examination. The physical exam performed prior to admission IS no cost because it is included as part of the procedure, and that is the time to perform any additional examinations; any exam performed during surgery has to be recorded in the hospital record (The "exams" were not recorded.) and included in the bill (They were not billed.) or the physician has committed insurance fraud.
Not recording the genital exam was deception by ommission.

Reston, VA

#480 Jul 21, 2011
upset wrote:
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Not recording the genital exam was deception by ommission.
Geez, let it go already. This story is LONG over and shouldn't still be getting comments, except by people who dig it out of the trash and make new comments, making an old story waste time and space. It's just like the Texas sinkhole story...LET IT GO!

Silver City, NM

#481 Jul 21, 2011
Stunned wrote:
I agree that the Psychotherapist or "sex camp" therapy should be the one's to handle it; but I'm not sure they have all the information they need to work with. There are a lot of egos involved, and I think it will ultimately be the narcissistic behavior of the hospital that will finally cause them to look and take responsibility for their actions. This is only a band-aid. We all have trusted that when we go to the hospital they have our best interest at hand, and that trust is further broken when they continue to lie. Makes me think they're guilty.
This isn't the only unethical conduct that has gone on at GRMC. I was shocked when a lab technician there disclosed my diagnosis to his friend & that person told me what it was.

Firing the whistleblower is not conductive to improving the situation.

Placing a popular state representative at their helm lulls people & gives them the impression everything is alright over there. I believe it also increases that hospital's retaliatory capabilities.

Silver City, NM

#482 Jul 21, 2011
que desmadre wrote:
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Stunned: thank you for your consistent sharing of your knowlege of the system, and intrerpreting the porcess for us "neophytes" in the medical world. I still need to see the allegations and findings to be absolutely convinced that this did happen. What distuirbs me is the cowardice of the others poresent, in not only coming forward but apparently trying to cover up.
Can you direct us to a way to read the allegations ande ifndings that have been conswidered by the reviewing medical board that made the recommendations which dr. sparks agreed to abide by.
Again, thank you for sharing your knowledge in such a patient manner.
One of the doctor rating sites a

has a link on sactions. If you google Dr Twana Sparks, you will find it.

Silver City, NM

#483 Jul 21, 2011
Molinari wrote:
One of my children had surgery performed by her. Since this time we have seen 3 different ENT's and the first words out of their mouth's is, "who did your nose?" He will need to have further surgeries to repair the damage. I am thinking of taking all the records and consultations to the medical board; but when I look at the fact that she's still working and no one seems to care about what she did, I feel it will just be considered an "allegation" once again.
People do care.

Silver City, NM

#484 Jul 21, 2011
LaJefa1 wrote:
Idk if i missed it? But can someone tell me when she is going to court for this? My daughter needs something done and Sparks is the only doctor in town that can do it! Is there any other Dr out of town? Any suggestions?
Dr Pie (mis spelled) in Las Cruces

Silver City, NM

#485 Jul 21, 2011
Bruce wrote:
I'm guessing that the "victims" were women. Most guys don't mind having their stuff handled by women, as long as it's not roughly.
They won't mind having it done in front of an OR staff?

Silver City, NM

#486 Jul 21, 2011
Karen Reid wrote:
Rumor has it that Gila Regional has shipped her off to Kansas to a sexaholic clinic
The medical board is requiring her to receive some kind of treatment in Kansas.

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