San Diego doctor's license suspended for reportedly practicing while intoxicated

Posted at 6:29 PM, May 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-08 22:27:01-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A San Diego psychiatrist no longer has a license after authorities say he was intoxicated while practicing.

According to the Medical Board of California, Marco Antonio Chavez’s license was suspended following an investigation.

The investigation began after authorities say a patient reported that Chavez sent him a box of medication in 2017 that contained an empty vodka bottle.

During one of several office visits, an investigator said Chavez appeared to be intoxicated.

Documents show that Chavez told the investigator that his mother gave him a “Mexican home remedy to stop his drinking” which consisted of vodka and cloves. At a hearing, Chaves said he had two of the drinks that morning.

During the visit, the investigator told Chavez he believed he was “so intoxicated that he could not practice medicine” and told two patients in the waiting room to go home.

A test conducted by a San Diego Police officer shows that Chavez had a blood alcohol level of .216. Authorities say Chavez’s license was suspended on May 7.