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Florida suspends doctor accused of illegal stem cell therapy
March 8th, 2012
02:10 PM ET

Florida suspends doctor accused of illegal stem cell therapy

A Florida cardiologist could have his medical license revoked by state authorities who have accused him of performing illegal stem cell therapy treatment on an elderly patient who died during the procedure.

Florida's Department of Health ordered the emergency suspension of Dr. Zannos Grekos' medical license Wednesday, accusing the Bonita Springs doctor of violating an emergency order against using stem cell treatments in Florida and allegedly causing the death of an unnamed elderly patient. Grekos can appeal the order.

According to the license suspension order, Grekos performed a stem cell treatment earlier this month on the patient, who was suffering from pulmonary hypertension and pulmonary fibrosis. Both diseases restrict blood flow to the heart.

"During said stem cell treatment, patient R.P. suffered a cardiac arrest and died," the suspension order said.

CNN first investigated Grekos's activities in 2009 and, at that time, he said he was using stem cell therapy for a company he called Regenocyte Therapeutic. His profile, listed on the company's website, describes Grekos as having "extensive experience in the field of stem cell therapy" and says he "was recently appointed to the Science Advisory Board of the United States' Repair Stem Cell Institute."

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  1. Michael

    So let me get this story straight. How old is the patient? Will the condition result in the patient's eventual death if not treated. Did the patient agree to the stem cell treatment (I'm guessing he/she did since the doctor seem to be well known for stem cell treatments). What are the other alternative treatments and the success rate of survival with those alternative treatments. Did they perform an autopsy to determine that the procedure was the cause of the death and not the ailments or the patient being too weak to go through any procedures to begin with? The conditions restrict blood flow to the heart of the elderly patient.....wouldn't any procedure be a risk for cardiac arrest?

    Seems like a scapegoat smear on stem cell research...

    March 8, 2012 at 9:54 pm |
  2. Barbara McKean

    My direct experience with Dr. Grekos and his stem cell procedures has resulted in saving my life in November 2008. I was written off by a hand full of pulmonologists and was given a diagnosis of end-stage COPD with no chance of recovery. I used 3-4 liters of oxygen 24/7. I did not qualify for a lung transplant because I had an MAI (MAC) infection and treatment for that infection takes 18 months of harsh antibiotics. The stem cell treatment allowed me to live without supplemental oxygen just 6 weeks after my treatment. I continued to live without supplemental oxygen for an additional 2-1/2 years. Also, the treatment cleared the MAI infection within weeks. We need to stop fearing this new-age treatment and begin embracing the ability to save ourselves with our own stem cells. Thank you Dr. Zannos Grekos!

    March 8, 2012 at 7:29 pm |