State dis­ci­plines Houston physi­cian who claims treat­ments cure can­cer

Dr. Stanis­law Burzyn­ski gets re­duced penalty, can con­tinue prac­tice.

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO&STATE - By Julie Chang jchang@states­man.com

A Houston doc­tor who has claimed to have found the cure for can­cer was dis­ci­plined Fri­day by the Texas Med­i­cal Board after he was ac­cused of mis­lead­ing ter­mi­nal can­cer pa­tients, in­clud­ing fail­ing to dis­close po­ten­tial risks as­so­ci­ated with the treat­ment.

Fri­day’s hear­ing was the cul­mi­na­tion of a three-year le­gal fight between Dr. Stanis­law Burzyn­ski, who de­vel­oped a con­tro­ver­sial treat­ment for can­cer, and the Texas Med­i­cal Board. A stand­ing-room-only crowd — in­clud­ing a number of for­mer pa­tients who con­tinue to vouch for him — filled the board’s hear­ing room on Guadalupe Street.

The board’s staff had orig­i­nally rec­om­mended that Burzyn­ski pay a $360,000 fine and $20,000 in resti­tu­tion to a pa­tient. They also wanted Burzyn­ski placed on pro­ba­tion, with the power to au­to­mat­i­cally re­voke his med­i­cal li­cense if he vi­o­lated the terms.

In­stead, the board opted Fri­day for a lesser penalty that in­cluded a five-year pro­ba­tion with more le­nient terms, a pub­lic rep­ri­mand, more train­ing and over­sight, along with $60,000 in fines and resti­tu­tion.

Burzyn­ski’s at­tor­neys called the de­ci­sion a win.

“It means that he gets to con­tinue medicine. He gets to con­tinue to save lives,” at­tor­ney Gre­gory My­ers said.

My­ers and his co-coun­sel on the

RALPH BAR­RERA / AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN

Dr. Stanis­law Burzyn­ski of Houston sits Fri­day at a Texas Med­i­cal Board hear­ing.

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