Texas Medical Board sanctions controversial cancer doctor Burzynski

7 p.m. update:

The Texas Medical Board released a statement about its action in the Burzynski case.

“The violations as detailed in the order, and supported by the judges’ findings, show a pattern of misleading patients at the Burzynski Clinic. These misrepresentations can lead to direct harm to the public if left unchecked. In total there were over 130 violations cited.”

“Among the violations are numerous instances of misrepresenting services billed; failing to supervise and allowing those working in his clinic to misrepresent themselves to patients; and a continued failure of not informing patients of potential risks before and during treatment.”

“The administrative sanctions and penalty levied by the Board as part of Dr. Burzynski’s order are in line with the disciplinary sanction guidelines set out in Board rules. Through the probationary terms of this order, Dr. Burzynski is required to make the necessary changes to his practice to ensure the health and safety of all patients seeking treatment at his clinic.”

12:50 p.m. update:

Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski was placed on probation for five years by the Texas Medical Board on Friday and ordered to pay a total of $60,000 in fines and restitution —a substantial reduction from the discipline that had been recommended.

Burzynski’s attorneys called it a win for the doctor, who says he has found the cure for cancer.

Friday’s ruling “means he gets to continue to practice and save lives,” attorney Gregory Myers said.

The medical board, which accused Burzynski of misleading his terminal patients, levied a $40,000 fine and ordered the doctor to pay $20,000 in restitution to a former patient. The doctor is also required to enroll in 72 hours of medical education and allow monitors to review his medical practice.


The Texas Medical Board is scheduled to decide today on sanctions for a Houston doctor who has been accused of misleading terminal cancer patients, including failing to disclose potential risks associated with the treatment.

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

The board is considering discipline including a $360,000 fine, a public reprimand, and placing Burzynski on probation with conditions including medical training, intensive monitoring of his patient records, and disclosure of the board’s discipline to every patient and medical facility that works with Burzynski. Violation of the terms of the probation could lead to revocation of his medical license, board records show.

Amy Swanholm, an attorney for the medical board, called Burzynski a “potential harm to the public,” and charged that he is dishonest to patients who come to him “searching for hope.”

Burzynski’s attorney, Dan Cogdell, called the proposed penalty too harsh and pointed out that many of the 400-plus complaints the medical board filed against the doctor were dismissed by the State Office of Administrative Hearings.

“His patients have nowhere else to go,” and are often sent home to die before they go to Burzynski, Cogdell said.

This story will be updated as today’s hearing continues.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Local

'Unknown' veteran's funeral draws hundreds of strangers 
'Unknown' veteran's funeral draws hundreds of strangers 

He may have been an unknown soldier in life, but Glenn McCoy Shelton’s death brought hundreds of strangers together to honor the former Marine with a dignified sendoff. Shelton, 68, a Vietnam veteran and a Purple Heart recipient, died Nov. 26, WXIN reported. Indiana Funeral Care organized Saturday’s gathering by spreading the word...
Power outage reported at Atlanta airport
Power outage reported at Atlanta airport

Power is out at Hartsfield-Jackson international Airport and all flights are being held, officials said Sunday  The airport is currently holding all inbound flights until at least 4 p.m. and departure delays are averaging nearly an hour and a half, according to  FlightAware. The outage was first reported about 1:15 p.m. Flyers should...
Austin medics respond to multiple calls of K2 overdoses Sunday
Austin medics respond to multiple calls of K2 overdoses Sunday

Austin-Travis County EMS has taken two men to Dell Seton Medical Center for K2 overdoses, the second incident today at the same location involving multiple people needing medical care after taking the synthetic drug, authorities said. Both incidents, the first at roughly 11:30 a.m. and another about an hour later, happened beneath the Interstate 35...
Study: Uber reduces ambulance usage nationwide
Study: Uber reduces ambulance usage nationwide

A study by a pair of university researchers has concluded that Uber and other ride-booking services have caused a drop in ambulance usage nationwide, The San Jose Mercury News reported.  A research paper released Wednesday is believed to be the first study to measure the impact of Uber and other ride-booking services. The study...
BREAKING UPDATE: APD officer shot stabbing assailant after dispute
BREAKING UPDATE: APD officer shot stabbing assailant after dispute

2 p.m. update: An Austin police officer shot and wounded a man who stabbed and critically injured another man outside a home in Northwest Hills on Sunday, officials said. According to police, the officer shot a 59-year-old man who refused to drop his knife and advanced toward him after stabbing a 69-year-old man. Both men are in the hospital, and the...
More Stories