Here's an example:
Miguel Frontera, M.D. gave up his medical license in 2010. He is presently retired and lives in Baltimore MD.[NOTE: CAMELOT: ASDAC is a non-profit organization that, as a public education consortium, is solely tasked with the dissemination of information about ASDs and their potential new treatments to the general population. CAMELOT DOES NOT CONDUCT RESEARCH NOR DOES IT TREAT ANY INDIVIDUALS WHETHER AFFECTED BY ASDS OR OTHER MEDICAL CONDITIONS AS IT IS NEITHER A RESEARCH NOR A MEDICAL ORGANIZATION.]Miguel Frontera's Contact InfoRETIRED
RetiredBaltimore, Maryland 21212
UPDATE: 4/13/11: Beth Casteel, spokesperson for the American Psychiatric Association informed us today that Frontera has "been notified" that he is no longer a member of the APA.
Remember Miguel Frontera? He was the Baltimore child psychiatrist who had his medical license permanently revoked in March 2010 for molesting 12 young boys sent to him for therapy.
When revoking Frontera’s license, the Maryland Board of Physicians concluded that Frontera:
“was guilty of immoral and unprofessional conduct in the practice of medicine; failed to meet the standards of quality care; failed to keep adequate medical records; and violated the Board`s sexual misconduct regulations in regard to 12 minor patients.”John Papavasiliou, the Deputy Director of the Maryland Board of Physicians had this to say about their decision:
"This is final, permanent and final. The board was emphatic in its decision and united, and it will not tolerate this sort of behavior from any practitioner."
Read the final consent order permanently revoking Miguel Frontera's medical licence here.
It's been a year since Frontera was forced to give up his medical license. So what has he been up to?
Turns out he’s now working as a “medical director” for a company that he appears to have created just for himself. The company is called CAMELOT : Consortium for the Advancement of Medical and Evidence Based Learning and Organized Treatment Autism Spectrum Disorders Chapter .
In September 2010, Frontera announced - through a dizzying number of personal domains he created on the internet - that after “leaving” his staff position at Clinical Associates in early 2010, he was “appointed” to and “accepted the position" as the medical director for CAMELOT. Clearly he wants to give the impression that CAMELOT was wooing him!
On his CAMELOT home page, there’s a photo of two bare-chested handsome young men (who could still be in their teens) on a beach with two women in bikinis. Not only is this photo inappropriate given Frontera’s history, but what does it have to do with autistic kids?
And what is it that Frontera does over at CAMELOT? According to this bio, “Psychiatric practitioner, professor, and researcher Miguel Frontera, MD, serves as Medical Director for CAMELOT:ASDC (Consortium for the Advancement of Medical and Evidence-Based Learning and Organized Treatment: Autism Spectrum Disorders Chapter).
In this role, he diagnoses children with an array of autistic disorders, and he educates the public on these afflictions through the nonprofit's website. In addition, Miguel Frontera, MD, conducts in-depth research to identify causes and work toward new treatments for these individuals.“Diagnosing children?” Does this mean he is still seeing children as his patients?
Another website, http://miguelfrontera.businesscard2.com/, says Dr. Miguel Frontera also uses the clinic to study the sleeping patterns of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in order to correlate them with other ASD symptoms such as obsessive, self-soothing behavior and irritability.
What is one to make of Frontera’s CAMELOT “Mission” statement?
“We know that families affected by ASDS may sometimes find themselves desperately looking for solutions to problems they face. This may leave them vulnerable to being manipulated by sometimes well-meaning, sometimes-not individuals or outlets that offer treatments that sound promising bar are largely if not completely unproven."It should be noted that William Ayres once upon a time wrote something quite similar for the Psychiatric News in 1997 when he was running for President of the American Psychiatric Association -- warning people against businessmen who“profit from the vulnerabilities of others” while extolling child psychiatrists like himself as "caring" about the needs of children.
And who is paying for Frontera’s job as medical director at CAMELOT?
According to the website:
“All research conducted at the Clinic will be funded through grants and private grants as well as through the private donations obtained directly and indirectly through this website.”Only trouble is, there’s no contact any information for Frontera anywhere on the website. No email address, phone number or mailing address. A call to the Clinic’s “President” – a Baltimore geriatric psychiatrist named David Loreck about this organization - has not been returned.
A quick check of Frontera’s various bios elsewhere has turned up some falsehoods. For example, this bio http://cvshare.net/miguelfrontera states that Miguel Frontera, M.D. holds Board Certification in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and General Psychiatry.
But Nicole Judge, spokesperson for the American Board of Medical Specialists says this is false - Frontera is NOT Board Certified.
And this website: http://miguelfronteramd.net/ says Frontera is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
This is false as well. Annette Iverson from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry says that the Academy terminated Frontera’s membership as soon as the molestation allegations surfaced in 2009. She also stated that they are considering contacting the Maryland Board of Physicians about his continuing to claim membership.
The Baltimore police won’t say whether they are still investigating Frontera. But if anyone has any information about Frontera and CAMELOT, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
A special thank you to the poster named “Just Me” over at http://www.malesurvivor.org/ for investigating the various website domains held by Frontera.