Dr. Geier, through his Institute of Chronic Illness and Genetic Centers of America, misdiagnosed autistic children with precocious puberty so he could claim that he was using Lupron on label, rather than for an unapproved, experimental indication (i.e., autism). This also allowed him to bill insurance companies for the lupron. His actions got him into hot water with various state medical boards, starting with his medical license in Maryland being suspended on April 27, 2011. Since then, one by one, 11 of his 12 medical licenses were suspended, an application for a thirteenth license in Ohio was denied, and some of those suspensions became complete revocations. The last actions I wrote about were the revocation of his license in Missouri and suspension of his Illinois license. At the time, the only state left in which Dr. Geier could practice was Hawaii.
As of April 11, 2013, that is no longer the case.
Although his license listing on the Hawaii state Professional and Vocational Licensing search has yet to be updated as of this writing, searching the state's RICO Complaint History database reveals that the board revoked his license last month. The case number is MED 2011-79-L (if the link to the PDF doesn't work, go to the OAH Decisions web site, click on OAH Final Orders and search for "Geier"). According to the Final Order, a petition for disciplinary action against Dr. Geier was filed on July 17, 2012, Geier was notified on November 19, and a hearing was held on February 5 of this year. Dr. Geier failed to appear for the hearing and did not file for exceptions or extensions to delay the hearing.
The key findings of fact mentioned by the board are Geier's suspension in Maryland, which he did not report, and his suspension in Indiana, which he also failed to report to the Hawaii board. They quote finding number 7 from the Indiana ruling:
7. The Maryland Order states that 'the public health, safety or welfare imperatively requires emergency action in this case' due to the Maryland Board's Investigative Findings, which concluded that Respondent:
a. misdiagnosed autistic children with precocious puberty and other genetic abnormalities and treated them with potent hormonal therapy ('Lupron therapy') and chelation therapy, both of which had a substantial risk of adverse side effects, thus exposing children to needless risk of harm;
b. failed to conduct adequate physical examinations of patients in several instances before starting Lupron therapy;
c. failed to obtain adequate informed consent from the parents of autistic children he treated;
d. endangered autistic children by administering a treatment protocol that has a substantial risk of harm and is neither consistent with evidence-based medicine nor generally accepted in the relevant scientific community;
e. misrepresented his credentials by declaring himself to be a board-certified epidemiologist and geneticist, which he was not; and,
f. maintained an Institutional Review Board which does not meet Federal regulations.Based on these facts, the Regulated Industries Complaints Office charged Mark Geier with "violating HRS §§ 453-8(a)(7), 453-8(a)(8), 453-8(a)(l 1) and 453-8(a)(14) and 436B-19(17). These sections state that a license may be revoked, limited, suspended or denied for:
(7) Professional misconduct, hazardous negligence causing bodily injury to another, or manifest incapacity in the practice of medicine, osteopathy or surgery;
(8) Incompetence or multiple instances of negligence, including but not limited to the consistent use of medical service, which is inappropriate or unnecessary;
(11) Revocation, suspension, or other disciplinary action by another state or federal agency of a license, certificate, or medical privilege for reasons as provided in this section;
(14) Failure to report to the board, in writing, any disciplinary decision issued against the licensee or the applicant in another jurisdiction within thirty days after the disciplinary decision is issued[.]and that grounds for revocation may be based on:
(17) Violating this chapter, the applicable licensing laws, or any rule or order of the licensing authority.And with that, Mark Geier's last leg was swept from under him. Yet he and his son are still speaking at the AutismOne conference in Chicago this Saturday at 1:45pm, still promoting their Lupron Protocol for autism. Their slide deck is conveniently freely available. At a quick look, it looks like they plan to Gish Gallop all over their audience and distract them with sciencey babble and out-of-context quotes. I haven't taken a deep look yet into the studies they cite, but I did notice that their graph showing mercury excretion and glutathione excretion is lifted from a study on metal toxicity (Reproductive and developmental toxicity of metals, by Clarkson et al., 1985). Here's their slide:
Bearing in mind that the Geiers' business model and presence at AutismOne depend on blaming vaccines, the only source of any form of mercury from vaccines is the preservative thimerosal. Now, thimerosal has not been used in pediatric vaccines since 2001, with the exception of some multi-dose vials of flu vaccines. It should also be noted that thimerosal contains a specific form of mercury: ethylmercury. So, what type of mercury is being described in that table? Methylmercury, a far more toxic substance that is metabolized very differently than ethylmercury and which persists in the body for much longer. From the original 1985 study, here's the text accompanying the figure, emphasis added:
Figure 11. Ontogenic changes in the biliary secretion of methylmercury and reduced glutathione in developing rats. An intravenous injection of mercury (1 mg/kg) as methylmercury chloride (CH3HgCI) labeled with the 203Hg isotope was given to 14-day-old, 21-day-old, and 28-day-old rats, and bile was collected every hour for 4 h. The group size was between 8 and 12 animals. The secretion rates were those measured 3 h after the mercury administration. For further details, see the report of Ballatori & Clarkson (2).So this table does not represent anything remotely connected to vaccines, thimerosal or autism, let alone effects in humans. Just one example of the intellectual sleight of hand to be expected from Dr. Geier and his son during their presentation. Perhaps other bloggers will go into the rest of the studies cited in the presentation.
On a related note, I thought I'd check up on what I wrote about one of Mark Geier's colleagues, Dr. John Ling Young. In February of this year, Dr. Young's license to practice medicine in Maryland was suspended due to his prescribing Lupron in violation of a number of state medical regulations. As with Dr. Geier, Dr. Young had licenses in a number of other states. Since I was looking into license statuses, I figured I'd see if there had been any developments in those states:
- California - Suspended as of March 25, 2013. A Petition to Revoke was filed May 20, 2013.
- Distric of Columbia - Expired.
- Florida - Currently active through January 31, 2015. He has not reported any disciplinary actions.
- Illinois - License expires July 31, 2014, but is listed as "Inactive". Has not reported any disciplinary actions.
- Indiana - Currently active through October 31, 2013. He has not reported any disciplinary actions.
- Kentucky - Expired February 28, 2013.
- Maryland - Suspended as of February 13, 2013. Affirmed March 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 - Suspended as of April 9, 2013. Dr. Young, after being investigated by the board, had entered into an agreement that he would not see or treat any patients, that he would not renew his license and that he would pay a $5,000 penalty. That was six days before Maryland suspended his license. The Maryland suspension was provided to the Washington board and, pending further disciplinary actions, his license was suspended on April 9.
It seems like every time I look, the Geier edifice crumbles just a little more. Mark Geier and his son David continue to chalk up disgrace after disgrace, and they bring down those who throw their lot in with them. Mark Geier no longer has a leg to stand on. How long before he moves shop to someplace like Tijuana?
- The Continuing Fall of the house of Geier
- 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