By Sasha Fleischner
An obstetrician-gynecologist in Palm Springs surrendered his medical license after being placed on probation earlier this year by the Medical Board of California.Dr. Antonio Perez-Munoz, employed by the Desert Regional Medical Center, was found guilty of negligence to his patients.
According to the Desert Sun the Medical Board of California wrote “respondent is subject to disciplinary action … in that he committed gross negligence in his care and treatment of patient A.F., in the labor and delivery of her baby.” The Desert Sun also noted that records show that A.F.’s child was born “blue and not breathing” and that brain defects have been found due to doctoral errors.
Palm Desert’s community and former patients of Dr. Perez-Munoz are shocked by this news. A source that asked to stay anonymous and who was a former patient of Dr. Perez-Munoz had the following to say on the case “I’m glad we’re okay – but that poor mom. If I knew about this, I would’ve picked a different doctor just in case”.
Christian Ceja, a Palm Desert resident, says “It’s uneasy to see how individuals who are established in their industry, such as doctors, lawyers, and police officers, and who are seen as authority figures, are capable of misusing their power and negatively affect the people who trust them in their profession.”
U.S. News & World Report’s doctor finder stated that Dr. Antonio Perez-Munoz has been practicing for 26 years with the medical degree he received from University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Perez-Munoz surrendered his medical license, wallet certificate and wall license late October to the Medical Board of California.
According to the Desert Sun, spokesman Rich Ramhoff of the Desert Regional Medical Center, in Palm Springs said “Desert Regional Medical Center is dedicated to providing high quality healthcare services to every patient who enters our doors.”