The George Washington University School of Public Health office of communications is investigating the relationship between castration doc Mark Geier and an unnamed graduate student. The office left the following comment on this website and two others Friday afternoon:
The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services is still investigating the claims in this article. However, the article gives the impression that Mark Geier was teaching or advising a GW student who was doing a practicum at SPHHS. In fact, Mark Geier was facilitating the use of a non-GW database the student used while doing his/her research, which was not part of a practicum. The student in question was being supervised by a faculty member at the university and the student’s contact with Mark Geier was limited mainly to accessing the information in this database.
GW School of Public Health
Office of Communications
Investigating Geier is so 2007. That’s when the Maryland state medical board received its first complaint about a Silver Spring geneticist who chemically castrates autistic children. Maryland suspended Geier’s license in April, 2011. Washington State followed a month later, and Virginia a month after that. California petitioned to revoke Geier’s license in August, 2011, about the same time the unnamed graduate student started studying for a two-year master’s of public health program. By the time said unnamed student graduated from SPHHS, Geier’s license had also been suspended or revoked in New Jersey, Kentucky, Texas, Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri.
So let’s all welcome yet another investigation of Mark Geier, and here’s hoping the SPHHS shares the results with the public health appreciating segment of the public. Here are some questions we hope to see answered:
- Did Mark Geier submit a site preceptor application to SPHHS? If so, when?
- Did the student do a practicum as part of her/his degree? If so, who was the site preceptor?
- Did the student complete a master’s thesis? If so, what was Mark Geier’s role in that paper?
- What is the nature of Geier’s database? Is it related to genetics (Geier is a
geneticistgenetic counselor, by training and experience)? Or were Geier and his facilitated graduate student delving into data related to vaccine safety, an area unrelated to Geier’s skill set?
I’m sure the GWUSPHHS office of communications will be forthcoming with its investigation, and we look forward to further comments.