State medical board: North Bethesda doctor remains a threat
After hearing, board won't reconsider license suspension
The Maryland Board of Physicians remains convinced that a North Bethesda doctor presents a threat to public safety despite hearing arguments from the doctor's lawyer last week, according to board records.
In a letter dated May 12, the board said it will not reconsider its April 27 decision to suspend the license of Mark R. Geier, 63, of the first block of Redgate Court in Silver Spring. Geier was suspended for, among other things, not meeting state and federal regulations for experimentation on human subjects, according to the letter.
The letter was signed by John T. Papavasiliou, the board's deputy director. He did not respond to two calls for comment Thursday.
"The Board thus will not lift the summary suspension order," Papavasiliou wrote. "The arguments and documents submitted...when considered in the light of the investigative findings in the file, persuade the Board that the Administrative Prosecutor has met her burden of showing that there exists a substantial risk of serious harm to the public health."
The proceedings of the hearing are not open to the public. No criminal charges have been filed against Geier.
Baltimore-based lawyer Steve Wise, who represents Geier, said they were not allowed to present evidence during the hearing and they've already scheduled an appeal that must be heard within 30 days.
"[The result] is what we expected," Wise said. "We look forward to our first opportunity to present evidence and we are anxious to put on our case."
In the April suspension, the board stated Geier had performed unwarranted hormone treatments from 2005 to 2008 on nine autistic children ranging in age from 3 to 10 years old. The drug Geier prescribed for the children could make them infertile.
The drug Geier was prescribing, Lupron, is used to treat prostate cancer, endometriosis and early onset puberty, according to the suspension order. It also is used to chemically castrate sex offenders.
Under the terms of their suspension, Geier is required to surrender his state medical license and any prescription forms or pads, according to the orders He is not allowed to practice medicine or give medical advice in Maryland.