State medical hearing on Bonita Springs stem-cell doctor set for October
By LIZ FREEMAN
Naples Daily News
Posted September 12, 2011 at 6:25 p.m.


BONITA SPRINGS — Months after Florida regulators imposed an emergency restriction on his medical license, Dr. Zannos Grekos is getting a chance to defend himself against accusations that he performed an experimental stem-cell treatment last year on a cancer patient, who later died.

A hearing is scheduled for Oct. 26 through Oct. 28 in Naples for an administrative law judge to listen to testimony and review evidence about what type of procedure the Bonita Springs physician performed in his office on March 24, 2010.

The Florida Board of Medicine said he used an experimental stem-cell treatment on the 69-year-old breast cancer patient who came to him for relief from neurological damage caused by chemotherapy.

Grekos is fighting the state’s claim of medical malpractice and said in a Daily News interview this past spring that the state is mistaken about the type of procedure he did. Grekos said he performed a bone marrow aspiration, which is allowed under the law and done all the time, and injected the bone marrow back into the patient.

He said state investigators never visited his office before issuing a Feb. 22 emergency order prohibiting him from doing anything with stem cells or bone marrow. The state did have the patient’s medical records, he said.

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