At any rate, Mark Geier's medical career is pretty much shot. But I always wondered what, if anything, would happen to those who worked at his numerous, nationwide clinics? Would any of them be held accountable? It looks like at least one of Geier's partners is not faring too well, either.
Dr. John Ling Young is trained in obstetrics and gynecology. He served as a coinvestigator on Dr. Geier's Lupron Protocol research, and was a member of the Geiers' unethical IRB. In 2009, he was nominated by Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley (who also appointed the unqualified David Geier to the state's Autism Commission, also in 2009) to the University System of Maryland Board of Regents. He first received a license to practice medicine in Maryland on February 15, 1979, but as of February 13, 2013, that license was suspended, as reported by the Baltimore Sun.
According to the suspension order for Dr. Young, following the April 2011 suspension of Dr. Geier's license, in August of the same year Dr. Young applied for a permit to dispense prescription drugs (e.g., Lupron). After some concerns were raised about Young's prescribing practices, the Maryland Board of Physicians subpoenaed his claims for reimbursement from 2009 to January 2012. This revealed that Dr. Young had dispensed Lupron or its generic equivalent, luprolide, starting in February 2011, six months before he applied for his permit and seven months before he received it. The investigation further uncovered that after Dr. Geier lost his license, he directed Dr. Young to treat his patients, dispensing prescriptions based on Dr. Geier's recommendations.
As part of their investigation into Dr. Young's prescribing practices, the Board also subpoenaed the medical records of fifteen of the patients whose names appeared on the list of claims for reimbursement. None of those patients resided in Maryland, so his treatment of those patients violates Maryland's telemedicine regulations. But that's not the worst of it, by any means. Reading the accounts of his care (if it can even be called that) of nine of these patients, I was appalled. In most of the cases, the patients did not have any condition for which Lupron is indicated (several patients were much older than the age range for a diagnosis of precocious puberty), let alone an autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Young wrote prescriptions for Lupron without evaluating the patients. He increased their dosages without noting any rationale for doing so, and in some cases he even admits that he did not review the patient's lab results. He seldom had any communication with the patients or their parents. In a couple cases, he wrote Lupron prescriptions for patients before they were even assessed by Dr. Geier.
It is little wonder that the Maryland Board summarily suspended Dr. John Young's license. But what about his licenses in other states? The suspension order notes that Dr. Young is also licensed in: Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Washington. He also has inactive licenses in California, Virginia and the District of Columbia. What is the status of these licenses?
- California - Expired July 31, 2012. The Maryland suspension is listed under Public Record Actions.
- District of Columbia - Expired.
- Florida - Currently active through January 31, 2015. He has not reported any disciplinary actions.
- Illinois - Currently active through July 31, 2014. He has not reported any disciplinary actions.
- Indiana - Currently active through June 30, 2013. He has not reported any disciplinary actions.
- Kentucky - Expired February 28, 2013.
- Missouri - Currently active through January 31, 2014. Notes that disciplinary action has been taken in another state.
- Pennsylvania - Inactive. Expired December 31, 2012. No disciplinary actions are noted.
- Texas - Had a license that Expired August 31, 2011 and was cancelled due to nonpayment September 6, 2012.
- Virginia - Unable to find any license for Dr. Young.
- Washington - The board investigated him and found him in violation of regulations. He entered into an agreement on Feb. 7, 2013 that he would not renew his license after it expires in July of 2013, and that he will not apply for a new license after the renewal period. He also agreed not to treat any patients residing in Washington for the remainder of his active license. He must also pay a penalty of $5,000.
- Mark Geier on His Last Leg
- Washington Joins Indiana and Maryland in Revoking Mark Geier's License
- Mark Geier's License Revoked - And It's About Damn Time!
- Mark "Castrate 'Em" Geier's License Suspended - Part 7
- The Fall of the Geiers Continues Apace
- Mark "Castrate 'Em" Geier's License Suspended - Part 6
- Complaint Filed Against Dr. Mark Geier in Florida
- Mark Geier Ordered to Stop Practicing Medicine
- Map of Mark Geier Medical Licenses
- Mark "Castrate 'Em" Geier's License Supsended - Part 5
- Mark "Castrate 'Em" Geier's License Suspended - Part 4
- Mark "Castrate 'Em" Geier's License Suspended - Part 3
- Mark "Castrate 'Em" Geier's License Suspended - Part 2
- Charges Levied Against Mark and David Geier
- URGENT: Please Call the Maryland State Board of Physicians About David Geier
- A Close Look at David Geier
- Mark "Castrate 'Em" Geier's License Suspended