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Three years and one day after the death of Domenica Fitzgerald of Naples, the Florida Board of Medicine revoked the license of the doctor who treated her.

Bonita Springs cardiologist Zannos Grekos lost his license to practice medicine in the board’s session Friday in Deerfield Beach. The state Department of Health brought a malpractice suit against Grekos, who performed controversial procedures involving adult stem cells to treat heart and lung disease. Most patients underwent part of the procedure in the United States and part in the Dominican Republic.

Grekos treated Fitzgerald, who was 69, as an outpatient in his Bonita Beach Road office. She died several days after undergoing the procedure in which he injected bone marrow aspirate into the arterial circulation of her brain to treat chemotherapy-induced neuropathy.

The medical board adopted the recommendation of administrative law judge J. Lawrence Johnston, who also called for Grekos to be fined $20,000.

Johnston heard testimony on both sides last fall in Naples.

The board will decide in June whether Grekos must also pay costs of his prosecution.

“We are going to appeal, I will tell you that,” said Zannos Grekos’ mother, Effie, of Naples, a friend of Fitzgerald. She remained in Southwest Florida and hadn’t heard about the medical board’s ruling until receiving a call from The News-Press on Friday.

That would require filing in a state District Court of Appeal, said health department spokeswoman Ashley Carr.

“Judge Johnston just picked up pieces from here and everywhere and put together his own story. I think he was put against the wall by the state,” she said, noting the stem cell issue is political.

Fitzgerald’s husband, John, attended the meeting, at which the case against Grekos was one of 80 of varying severity statewide.

Fitzgerald said he was relieved. “It was unanimous, too,” he said. “He (Grekos) had 15 objections and they knocked every one of them down.” Ten doctors and two lay people were among those voting, he said. “This has been a long time coming. I feel relieved to know he won’t be able to hurt anyone else.”

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Fitzgerald said the board asked questions and discussed the case for about one hour and 40 minutes.

The first calls he made after the ruling were to his son and daughter, both out of state.

“They were both relieved, too,” he said. “Now we don’t have to think about this person or even mention his name again.”

Grekos’ attorney, Richard Ozelie of Boca Raton, refused to comment.

4:00 p.m. update

“We are going to appeal, I will tell you that,” said Zannos Grekos’ mother, Effie, of Naples. She remained in town and hadn’t heard about the medical board’s ruling until receiving a call from The News-Press.

The board of medicine accepted all recommendations of the administrative law judge who heard the malpractice case against Grekos last fall in Naples.

“Judge Johnston just picked up pieces from here and everywhere and put together his own story. I think he was put against the wall by the state,” she said, adding that the stem cell issue is political.

Jack Fitzgerald was simply relieved. “It was unanimous, too,” he said. “He (Grekos) had 15 objections and they knocked every one of them down.”

“It’s wonderful. This has been a long time coming. I feel relieved to know he won’t be able to hurt anyone else.”

Fitzgerald was in court for the proceedings in Deerfield Beach. He said the board asked questions and discussed the case for about one hour and 40 minutes.

The first calls he made were to his son and daughter, both out of state.

“They were both relieved, too,” he said. “Now we don’t have to think about this person or even mention his name again.”

Morning update

Three years and one day after the death of Domenica Fitzgerald of Naples, the Florida Board of Medicine revoked the license of the doctor who treated her.

Bonita Springs cardiologist Zannos Grekos lost his license to practice medicine in the board’s session today in Deerfield Beach, according to Department of Health spokeswoman Ashley Carr.

The state Department of Health brought a malpractice suit against Grekos, who performed controversial procedures involving adult stem cells to treat heart and lung disease. Patients underwent some of the procedure in the United States and some in the Dominican Republic.

Grekos treated Fitzgerald as an outpatient in his Bonita Beach Road office. She died several days after undergoing the procedure that was supposed to treat chemotherapy-induced neuropathy.

The medical board adopted the recommendation of administrative law judge J. Lawrence Johnston, who also called for Grekos to be fined $20,000.

Johnston heard testimony on both sides last fall in Naples.

Fitzgerald’s husband, John, attended the meeting.

The board will decide in June whether or not Grekos must also pay for the costs of his prosecution.

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