Maryland Suspends Autism Doctor’s License

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland officials are suspending the license of a doctor nationally known for treating autism with a drug that decreases hormone production.

The Maryland Board of Physicians determined that Dr. Mark Geier is putting children at risk and last month suspended him from practicing medicine in his home state. The board alleges that Geier misrepresented his credentials, misdiagnosed children and urged parents to approve risky treatments without fully informing them of the potential dangers.

Geier is well known in the alternative autism treatment community. The board says he also has licenses in California, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, New Jersey, Virginia and Washington.

Geier’s attorney says the case is a dispute over therapy, not a doctor who posed a threat to patients.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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