Dr. Mark Geier, who directs autism clinics in St. Peters and Springfield, Ill., lost his medical licenses in Missouri and Illinois Friday following similar disciplinary actions in at least nine other states.
Geier has gotten into trouble for prescribing the testosterone-suppressing drug Lupron to children and teenagers with autism. The hormonal treatment plan has been called dangerous, abusive and exploitative by various medical boards.
Geier cannot reapply for his license in Missouri for at least seven years, the strongest possible discipline from the state Board of Registration for the Healing Arts. The Illinois board of professional regulation suspended Geier’s license indefinitely.
Geier has practiced in Missouri as recently as this summer, when a teenage boy with autism saw local pediatric neurologist Dr. Steven Rothman after being prescribed the Lupron and the diuretic Aldactone at Geier’s clinic in St. Peters. Rothman said there is no scientific evidence supporting the treatment plan for autism.
Lupron, which costs up to $6,000 a month, has been used to chemically castrate sex offenders and is typically prescribed for men with advanced prostate cancer and women with endometriosis.
In the last two years, Geier’s medical license has been revoked or suspended in California, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, New Jersey, Texas, Virginia, Washington and his home state of Maryland. Only Hawaii maintains an active license for Geier, although the state has filed a complaint against him.
No one answered the phone at Geier’s autism treatment center in St. Peters. His attorney, James Love of Tulsa, Okla., said they have appealed the original action revoking Geier’s license in Maryland.
“He’s an excellent physician. He has a remarkable mind and an unpopular position which we’ve contended has generated a lot of animosity,” Love said.
Geier has consulted with the director of the Springfield, Ill., clinic, Dr. Georgia Davis, but did not see patients there. Davis stopped consulting with Geier after the discipline in Maryland, according to an assistant.
Geier’s writings include his theory that autism is associated with mercury in childhood vaccines. The theory has been debunked by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Geier’s research advocating Lupron to reduce testosterone that binds to mercury has been discredited by the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Pediatrics.