Grekos' attorney: Another physician treated patient who died

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LEE COUNTY A week after Dr. Zannos Grekos was accused of performing a stem cell treatment on a patient who died, his attorney said another physician was treating the patient at the Bonita Springs practice.

And there was no stem cell treatment performed, only liposuction, said Richard Ozelie, the Boca Raton attorney representing Grekos.

Ozelie does not identify the other doctor but said in a statement Wednesday that the Lee County Sheriffs Office and the Lee County Medical Examiners Office both have that information.

The patient, identified by state authorities through the initials R.P., did have liposuction at the Regenocyte medical facility in Bonita Springs, Ozelie said in the statement. The Sheriffs Office later identified the man who died as Richard Poling , 77, of Newburgh, Ind.

The attorney issued the one-page statement because of concerns with the accuracy of media coverage after the state Department of Health suspended Grekos license March 7. The case has received some national media attention.

The next day, the Sheriffs Office launched a criminal investigation into Grekos practice, Regenocyte, 9500 Bonita Beach Road, Suite 310.

Sheriffs Office spokesman Lt. Larry King had no comment Wednesday and said the agencys investigation is continuing.

In the suspension order, the state health department said Grekos infused or directed that the patient have concentrated stem cells infused into his blood stream. The state order said the patient suffered cardiac arrest and died.

The emergency suspension was issued because Grekos violated a license restriction from February, 2011, not to do anything with autologous stem cell treatment or bone marrow aspirate, according to the state order.

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