State medical board revokes license of stem cell doctor Zannos Grekos

DEERFIELD BEACH _ The Florida Board of Medicine revoked the license of Dr. Zannos Grekos on Friday, accepting a judges finding that he committed medical malpractice in performing an unproven stem cell therapy on a patient who later died.

The medical boards vote was unanimous and without discussion.

The Bonita Springs cardiologist and his attorney said they will appeal to a state appellate court.

While we are disappointed, we are not totally surprised, said Richard Ozelie, Grekos attorney.

Ozelie said the board was predisposed to accepting the findings of an administrative law judge. The board rejected more than a dozen objections he raised about the judges findings, and Ozelie described the proceeding Friday as an exercise in futility.

Grekos had developed a following among patients with debilitating conditions, such as heart and lung failure, with his stem cell therapy. It involved sending a sample of the patients blood to Israel for cultivating the stem cells and sending it to the Dominican Republic. The patient would travel to the Dominican Republic and Grekos partner would inject the stem cells into the patients damaged heart muscle, lungs or circulatory system.

Grekos, 47, who didnt address the panel Friday, showed no reaction to the boards decision.

The decision comes three years after the April 4, 2010, death of Domenica Fitzgerald, a 69-year-old woman who went to Grekos for his stem cell treatment.

She suffered from numbness and tingling in her legs as a side-effect from chemotherapy for breast cancer treatment earlier. She was hoping the stem cell therapy could help.

She suffered a stroke after the treatment, was hospitalized and was taken off life support. The state Department of Health restricted Grekos license in 2011 and told him not to do anything with stem cells. He violated that order in March 2012 and did a similar procedure with another patient, who also died. The state then suspended Grekos license.

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State medical board revokes license of stem cell doctor Zannos Grekos

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