Disciplinary Action against Tyler Freeman, M.D.
Stephen Barrett, M.D.
In June 2005, the North Carolina Medical Board charged Tyler Freeman, M.D. of Charlotte, North Carolina with unprofessional conduct for serving as medical director of a clinic operated by William J. Pearce, an unlicensed "naturopath" who performed medical acts and issued prescriptions to patients in Freeman’s name although Dr. Freeman never examined the patients. The Charlotte Observer has reported that Pearce is being investigated for practicing medicine without a license and has served time in a Florida prison for similar activities. In the Florida case, according the the Observer:
- Pearce assumed the identity of Dr. William J. Rick, a friend who died in 1986. Using Rick's Florida medical license, Pearce opened several clinics in south and central Florida.
- In 1990, Pearce was arrested and charged with practicing medicine without a license, obtaining a license by misrepresentation, distributing controlled substances, and using a forged license to operate a medical center. In a plea agreement, he was placed on probation for five years.
- He also pleaded guilty to federal charges of mail fraud, filing false Medicare claims, and illegally using a federal drug-dispensing number. After 13 months in an Atlanta prison, he was released in March 1994 on three years' probation.
A few months after the charges were filed, Freeman signed a consent order under which his licensed was suspended for a minimum of six months, after which he could apply for reinstatement but could practice only in the area of disability determination. In February 2007, he signed another consent order under which his license was reinstated and permitted to do disability determinations provided the board approved of the site(s) where he intended to practice.
Tyler Ira Freeman, M.D.
NOTICE OF CHARGES
NOTICE OF HEARING
The North Carolina Medical Board (hereafter Board) has preferred and does hereby prefer the following charges and allegations:
- The Board is a body duly organized under the laws of North Carolina and is the proper party to bring this proceeding under the authority granted it in Article 1 of Chapter 90 of the North Carolina General Statutes
- Tyler Ira Freeman, M.D., (hereafter Dr. Freeman) is a physician first licensed by the Board on December 1, 1981, license number 25706.
- During the times relevant herein, Dr. Freeman practiced internal medicine in the Charlotte, North Carolina area.
- From 2002 to April 2005, Dr. Freeman was employed as the medical director of NeoGenesis Life Extension Medicine (hereafter NeoGenesis) in Charlotte, North Carolina.
- The founder of NeoGenesis is William Pearce (hereafter Mr. Pearce). Mr. Pearce is not a medical doctor and does not hold a license with the Board.
- 6. From 2002 to April 2005, Mr. Pearce performed chelation therapy and medical acts on patients at NeoGenesis and issued prescription medications to patients in Dr. Freeman’s name although Dr. Freeman never examined the patients.
- Dr. Freeman knew that Mr. Pearce was performing medical acts on patients at NeoGenesis and Dr. Freeman knew that Mr. Pearce was not a medical doctor.
- From 2002 to April 2005, Dr. Freeman did not come to the clinic on a regular basis to perform duties as medical director, did not examine patients prior to prescriptions being issued in his name and did not prepare or review medical records.
- The above-described conduct of Dr. Freeman constitutes unprofessional conduct within the meaning of N.C. Gen. Stat. 90-14(a)(6), and grounds exist under that section of the North Carolina General Statutes for the Board to annul, suspend, revoke, condition or limit Dr. Freeman’s license to practice medicine and surgery issued to him by the Board or to deny any application he might make in the future for a license to practice medicine.
- The above-described conduct of Dr. Freeman, constitutes aiding and abetting the unlicensed practice of medicine which is unprofessional conduct within the meaning of N.C. Gen. Stat. 90-14(a)(6), and grounds exist under that section of the North Carolina General Statutes for the Board to annul, suspend, revoke, condition or limit Dr. Freeman’s license to practice medicine and surgery issued to him by the Board or to deny any application he might make in the future for a license to practice medicine.
NOTICE TO DR. FREEMAN
Pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. 90-14.2, it is hereby ordered that a hearing on the foregoing Notice of Charges and Allegations will be held before the Board on October 19, 2005 at 8:00 a.m., or as soon thereafter as the Board may hear it, at the offices of the Board, 1203 Front Street, Raleigh, North Carolina to continue until completed. The hearing will be held pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. 150B-40, 41, and 42 and N.C. Gen. Stat. 90-14.2, 14.4, and 14.6. You may appear personally and through counsel, may cross-examine witnesses and present evidence in your own behalf.
You may, if you desire, file written answers to charges and complaints preferred against you within 30 days after the service of this notice.
Pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. 150B-40(c)(5), it is further ordered that the parties shall arrange a prehearing conference at which they shall prepare and sign a stipulation on prehearing conference. The prehearing stipulation shall be submitted to the undersigned no later than seven days prior to the hearing date.
The right to be present during the hearing of this case, including any such right conferred or implied by N.C. Gen. Stat. 150B-40(d), shall be deemed waived by a party or his counsel by voluntary absence from the Board’s office at a time when it is known that proceedings, including deliberations, are being conducted, or are about to be conducted. In such event the proceedings, including additional proceedings after the Board has retired to deliberate, may go forward without waiting for the arrival or return of counsel or a party.
This the 23rd day of June, 2005.
NORTH CAROLINA MEDICAL BOARD
Charles L. Garrett, Jr., M.D.
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