Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Mark "Castrate 'Em" Geier's License Suspended - Part 7

The bad news just keeps coming for Dr. Mark Geier and his son, David. I recently wrote about the Maryland Department of Physicians finding that David Geier practiced medicine without a license and was fined $10,000 (with, in my admittedly non-expert opinion, the potential for further fines and jail time), as well as Dr. Geier's license being challenged in Hawaii and his application for a license in Ohio rejected.

Catherina at Just the Vax alerted me to some very recent news. Today, she posted some excerpts from meeting minutes of the Florida Board of Medicine. It looks like Florida is the latest state to suspend his license (Final Order here; if the link doesn't work, you can look up the documents here), including administrative and punitive fines. It appears that Dr. Geier entered into a settlement with the state of Florida, agreeing to abide by their suspension of his license and waiving all rights to further appeal or challenge of their decision.

The board imposed a $1,000 administrative fine. He is also required to reimburse the Department of Health in the amount of $4,443.23 for the investigation and prosecution of the case against him, in compliance with section 456.072 of the Florida Statutes. Further, his license is suspended indefinitely:
Respondent's license shall be indefinitely suspended until such time as Respondent provides the Board with evidence that Respondent's license(s) is/are unencumbered in any and all jurisdictions In which Respondent is licensed to practice.
Indiana also made a further step, going beyond mere suspension to actually revoking his license in that state. The revocation comes because he failed to appear before the board regarding his suspension, thereby defaulting on any appeal to their decision. The final order, dated July 5, 2012 further imposed a $5 fee and a fine of $3,000.

Finally, he may be facing additional penalties in Maryland for violating his license suspension earlier this year by practicing medicine without a valid license. Hearings to face the charges were held earlier this month.

This is certainly shaping up to be a bad year for the Geiers and their supporters. It's refreshing to see state medical boards actually doing their job to protect patients from the predations of people like Mark and David Geier. If I wasn't aware of just what they did, I might be tempted to feel pity for them. Luckily, I do know the sort of unethical behavior in which they engage and the risk they pose to autistic children and their families. I am, however, curious to know what, if any, actions will be taken against their associates at their national clinic franchise.
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2 comments:

  1. Good work Todd; hopefully the remaining states will follow suit.

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  2. It makes me happy to see that the Geiers are getting the boot they so richly deserve.

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