Government Actions against DAN! Doctors

Stephen Barrett, M.D.
February 23, 2019

Defeat Autism Now! (DAN!) was a project of the Autism Research Institute (ARI) that began in 1995 and ended in 2010. From about 2001 through 2011, ARI’s Web site published a Clinical Registry that listed the names of doctors who had attended DAN! conferences. In July 2002, ARI asked all who were listed to sign a statement of support and to indicate which of 33 types of treatment they offered. Searching the licensing board sites and elsewhere, I have found that at least 69 of the medical and osteopathic physicians listed in online DAN! registries between 2001 and 2011 have been subjected to regulatory actions. I also found two chiropractors, one of whom also has a naturopathic license. Here they are, categorized according what I believe to be most significant concern. A red asterisk indicates that the doctor’s license was either revoked, surrendered, or permanently suspended in at least one state. Click the links to access details of each case.

Dubious DAN!-related practices
Other nonstandard or pseudoscientific practices
Inadequate recordkeeping, documentation, and/or rendering of standard care
Problems involving controlled drugs (abuse, overprescribing, or inadequate records)
Misleading advertising
Inadequate supervision or lack of appropriate credential of nonphysician
Aiding or abetting unlicensed practice
Advertising and Practicing Outside Proper Scope of License
License canceled with cause
  • Abram Ber, MD*
Improper billing
Details not specified on licensing board site
Temporary license cancelation for failure to obtain malpractice insurance
Nondisciplinary order or advisory

Criminal conviction

FDA Actions

This article was revised on February 23, 2019.