Anti-vaccine proponent fined for practicing without a license

Anti-vax proponent, David Geier, received a fine from actions spanning several years where he gave out medical advice, a court ruled.

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The Maryland State Board of Physicians charged Mr. Geier with practicing medicine without a license and, recently, the board found him guilty and fined him $10,000. Mr. Geier has the right to appeal.

Source: The 21st Floor

Geier has an arts degree, never attended medical school, but was busy diagnosing and counseling people with autism spectrum disorder and other chronic diseases. He was on staff at his father’s clinic [who is a doctor]. The findings of fact in the court order show that patients were not informed of Geier’s lack of credentials, with a parent assuming he was a doctor.

Also in the Order are lists of the many tests he suggested for patients and charges he billed to insurance. The court noted that “David Geier’s testimony was not reliable and he was not a credible witness”. During his testimony, he “clearly minimized his role at the clinic”. Therefore it was the claimants word against his and documented evidence. Geier lost and he came off looking terrible as well.

There are reasons why there are laws governing medical practice. And you get smacked when you attempt to disrespect and avoid them.

In 2003, the American Academy of Pediatrics criticized one of [Dr.] Geier’s studies, which claimed a link between vaccines and autism, as containing “numerous conceptual and scientific flaws, omissions of fact, inaccuracies, and misstatements.” New Scientist reported that the institutional review board which approved some of Geier’s experiments with autistic children was located at Geier’s business address and included Geier, his son and wife, a business partner of Geier’s, and a plaintiff’s lawyer involved in vaccine litigation.

  2 comments for “Anti-vaccine proponent fined for practicing without a license

  1. Adam
    August 14, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    $10,000. Is that all for practicing dangerous quackery for years? They should conduct a full audit of his accounts for the time he was in practice and fine him everything.

  2. Drivebyposter
    August 14, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    If he billed insurance companies, isn’t that insurance fraud?

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