Regulatory Actions against Chelation Therapists

Stephen Barrett, M.D.

Chelation therapy is a series of intravenous infusions containing EDTA and various other substances. It is falsely claimed to be effective against cardiovascular disease, autism, and many other diseases and conditions. The use of chelation for such purposes should be considered substandard medical practice. A few states have banned such use, but most handle complaints on a case-by-case basis and base their decision on the individual circumstances of the case.

The table below summarizes disciplinary actions that state licensing boards have taken against more than 100 physicians who have administered chelation therapy for inappropriate reasons. In some cases, the action was taken because the state medical board believed that the use of chelation itself was ground for disciplinary action. In other cases, the complaint against the physician had other grounds or was based on conduct that would be regarded as improper regardless of whether or not chelation was involved. Note:

In some cases where one or more states acted in response to discipline in the doctors' primary state, only the primary state actions are listed.

Additional details and links will be added within the next few weeks.

Doctor's Name

Year

State

Board Action

Ilona Abraham, MD 2004 CA Probation, CME courses, practice monitor
Robert C. Allen, MD 2006
2013
TN 5 years probation
Summary suspension
Charles E. Anderson, MD 1989
2009
VT Restrictions
Reprimanded; agreed not to renew license
Robert Battle, MD

1990
2006
2009

TX Probation, CME
$1,000 penalty
CME, monitoring
Paul V. Beals, MD 1988
1993
1999
2004
2005 2006
2012

MD
MD
MD
MD
DC
MD
DC
Probation, restrictions
Probation, more restrictions
Probation, more restrictions
Two-year suspension, $25,000 fine, probation
Probation for at least 7 years
Voluntary license surrender
One-year suspension, $5,000 fine, CME
Surindar Bedi, MD 1984
1987
FL 2-year suspension
License surrendered
Rhett Bergeron, MD 2003
2009
GA Reprimanded
Reprimanded, 4 years probation, $7,500 fine
Viktor Bouquette, MD 2011 GA $5,000 fine, CME
Brian E. Briggs, MD 1983
1988
2011
MN
ND
ND

License revoked
One-year suspension
Indefinite suspension

Linda C. Bunch, MD 2012 LA Probation, $3,000 fine, CME
Rashid A. Buttar, DO 2010 NC Reprimanded
Jeffrey L. Butts, DO 2000
2003
2005
2010
TX Nonpublic drug rehabilitation order
10 years probation, substance abuse program
15 years probation
CME
Jesus Caquias, MD 2006
2007
TX CME, practice monitor
$5,000 fine, advertising restrictions
Linda Choi, MD 1990 NJ Probation, $3,000 penalty
Serafina Corsello, MD 2001 NY License revoked
William Lee Cowden, MD 1996
2002
TX 2 years probation
3 years probation, $2,500 fine
Barrett J. Day, MD 2007
2008
2009
2010

LA
AZ
LA
LA

3 years probation, $5,000 fine, evaluation, monitor, CME
Reprimanded, 3 years probation concurrent with LA probation
Summary suspension
5 years probation. $3,000 fine CME, suspension extended to 8/10

Pieter J. De Wet, MD 2005
2006
TX Fined $1,000 for inappropriate advertising
Fined $500 for inappropriate advertising
Priyakant Doshi, MD 1990 NJ Probation, $3,000 penalty
Stephen B. Edelson, MD
1995
2004
2005
GA
Probation
Reprimand, $1,000 fine, indefinite probration
License revoked
H. Ray Evers, MD* 1986 AL License revoked
Charles Farr, MD* 1976 OK 2 years probation, later extended to 5 years
Richard Fleming, MD 2012 IA 5 years probation, $10,000 civil penalty, CME, monitor
Mark R. Geier, MD, PhD 2012 MD License revoked; other states responded with similar action.
Michael L. Gerber, MD 1984 CA License revoked
Patrick Golden, MD 2008 CA 5 years probation, CME, evaluation, monitoring
Terry A. Grossman, MD 2005 CO Warning letter
Luis Guerrero-Ramirez, MD 2002 TX License revoked
Christopher Hatlestad, MD 2012 OR Probation, ordered to stop inappropriate chelation
Leonard Haimes, MD 1999
2007
2012
FL
Reprimand, $1,500 fine
Reprimand, censure, $7,500 fine
License revoked
Robert A. Harris, MD 1985 CT Probation and $1,000 fine
Jesse Cameron Johnson, DO   OH  
Gordon Josephs. MD

1992
1993

AZ Osteopathic license revoked
Homeopathic license: probation, assessment, monitoring, CME
Eleazar M. Kadile, MD 2003 WI Probation
Roy E. Kerry, MD 2009 PA 6-month suspension, probation, evaluation, monitoring
Arne Leonard Klepp, MD 1994 CA 5 years probation
Jesse Kotturan, MD   FL  
Nelson Kraucak, MD 2003 FL Reprimand, $3,000 fine, CME
Ivan T. Krohn, MD   NJ  
Warren Levin, MD 2005 CT Levin waived certain rights if he reapplies for re-licensrue
Ann B. McCombs, DO   WA  
Edward McDonagh, DO

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MO
Complaint dismissed
Paveen Malik, MD 2011
2012
2012
MI
IA
FL

3 years probation, $2,500
License suspended indefiitely, $10,000 fine
2 years probation with restriction, $3,000 fine

William J. Mauer, DO*      
Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD 2005 AZ Reprimand, CME, brief probation
Richard Menashe, MD 1992
2002
NJ Reprimanded
Reprimanded
Dorothy Merritt, MD 2005
2008
TX $3,000 assessment for misleading advertising
$1,000 assessment for misleading advertising
Wilfred W. Middelstadt, DO 1978
1981
1986
FL

Advertising restriction
$500 fines for improperly representing himself as a specialist
Probation, chelation therapy prohibited

Kirk D. Morgan, MD
1991
1994
1996
2000
2001
2003
KY
Restrictions
Restrictions prohibiting use of chelation therapy
Probation, restrictions, and $968 penalty
Emergency suspension
Probation
Indefinite restriction and $9,942 penalty
Frank J. Mosler, MD* 1981
1989
CA 5 years probation, CME
3 years probation, evaluation, CME, monittoring
William O. Murray, MD 1989 NV License revoked, $5,000 fine, $19,637 costs
Jose M. Oblena, MD   AL  
Raymond J. Oenbrink, DO


2009
2013
2014

FL
NC
Voluntary license relinquishment
Public letter of conern
Interim non-practice agreement
Charged with unprofessional (sexual) conduct
David J. Ogle, MD 2010 OR License revoked, $1,000 penalty
Kenneth O'Neal, MD 2005
2008
TX Temporary suspension
License revoked
Gary Ordog, MD 2006 CA 90-day suspension, 5 years probation, restriction
Milan J. Packovitch, MD 1989 NJ  
John C. Pittman, MD 2002 NC 60-Day suspension, pracrice restrictions
James R. Privitera, MD 1980
2004
CA 4-month suspension, 10 years probation, restrictions, CME
Reprimand, $5,000 costs, CME
Seshigari Rao, MD 2006
2012
TX $250 penalty
2 years probation, monitoring, CME
William J. Rea, MD 2010 TX Probation, restrictions, informed consent requirement
Donald E. Reimer, MD 2012 WI Evaluation, CME, monitor, restrictions
Joan M. Resk, DO   VA  
Joseph Rich, MD

1998
1999
2002
2008

KS
TN
Agreed to leave Kansas
2 years probation, $1,100 fine
Evaluations and monitoring
Indefinite suspension
Courtney Ridley, MD 2007 TX Monitoring, $5,000 penalty, CME, restriction
V. Thomas Riley, MD 1997 IA indefinite probration, $10,000 fine, no chelation
Bruce Rind, MD 2000 MD 18 months probration, $8,000 penalty
Carol Roberts, MD 2012 FL Reprimanded, CME, $15,000 fine + $10,000 costs
Robert J. Rogers, MD 2009 FL License relinquished
Franklin Harvey Ross, Jr., MD 2008 OR License revoked, $10,000 penalty
Binyamin H. Rothstein, DO 1996
2000
2005
MD 3 years probation
3 more years probation, no chelation therapy
License revoked
Theodore Carl Rozema, MD 1978
1990
NC

3 years probation
6-week suspension

Bozena Rozum-Slota, MD 2003 NY Probation
Hellfried E. Sartori, MD 1984
1985
1987
MD
DC
TX
License revoked
License revoked
License revoked
Alan Schwartz, MD 1999
2007
CA 10 years probation, psychiatric treatment, $15,255 costs
License revoked
Frank Shallenberger, MD
1990
1995
2007
 CA
NV
NV
License surrendered
$300 fine
Reprimanded, fined $5,000, CME
Robban Sica, MD
 2002
2004
2012
 NY
CT
CT
Corporations dissolved, no license renewal
Probation, restrictions
Probation, restrictions, $7,700 fine
Jan D. Silberstein, MD 2000

2003
2004
CT 3 years probation, CME, practiuce monitor, psychiatric treatment, barred from doing ENT surgery
Reprimand, probation, monitor, $2,000 penalty.
Voluntary license surrender
Tadeusz Skowron, MD 2002
2005
2005
CT
CT
NY
$10,000 fine
License revocation
License revocation
Jack E. Slingluff, DO 2008 OH License revoked
Robert W. Snider, MD 1999
NY Probation, restrictions on use of IV therapy
Donald E. Soli, MD
1984
1998
NV
Probation
Probation, restrictions, and $4,000 penalty
David A. Steenblock, DO

1991
1997
2009
2013

CA 5 years probation, $10,000 costs, CME

5 years probation, CME, $25,167 for costs
5 more years probation
Murray Susser, MD 1997
2005
CA

3 years probation, CME, $5,000 for costs
5 years probation, monitoring, $15,000 for costs

Katrina Tang, MD 2002 NV License surrender
Yiwen Tang, MD 1982 CA License inactivated for minimum of 5 years
John C. Tapp, MD 1991
2003

KY

Restrictions
$400 fine

Tommathew Thomas, MD 2003
2011
MT
MT
Reprimand
Suspended until board determine he can safely practice
John Parks Trowbridge, MD 1998 TX Reprimand
Donald A. Underwood, DO 1986
1988
CA Probation, CME
5 years probation, surrender DEA permit
Anjum Usman, MD 2011 IL Charges pending
Robert B. Vance, DO 1981 UT License revoked
Jack R. Vinson, DO

1990

TX
Probation
Kenneth J. Welker, MD 2014 OR Emergency license suspension
Ronald R. Wempen, MD 1999
2013
CA 5 years probation, PACE assessment, $8,000 for costs
License revocation
Francis J. Woo, Jr, MD 1990
1994
2007
AZ

Censure
Probation, CME, $1,000 fine
Reprimand

This page was revised on October 6, 2014.