Dr Michael Zacharia - reprimanded, fined and conditions imposed by the Medical Tribunal

22 December 2011


The Health Care Complaints Commission recently prosecuted Dr Michael Zacharia, an ear nose and throat surgeon and cosmetic surgeon, before the Medical Tribunal of NSW. The prosecution related to Dr Zacharia’s practice in anti-ageing medicine. 

The Commission argued that Dr Zacharia had prescribed human growth hormone, testosterone and anabolic steroids in a quantity, or for a purpose that did not accord with the recognised therapeutic standard. The Commission also argued that Dr Zacharia had self-prescribed testosterone and endogenous steroid hormone to himself. Further, the Commission argued that Dr Zacahria’s treatment of his patients was inadequate in a number of areas.

Most of the particulars of the Commission’s complaints were proven.

In its decision of 20 December 2011, the Tribunal found Dr Zacharia guilty of professional misconduct. The Tribunal formed the view that Dr Zacharia had:

embarked on an area of practice for which he was ill-equipped through training and education and, most significantly, in the absence of scientific and medical research to a standard that allowed that practice to be undertaken with confidence that it presented no risk of harm to his patients.

The Tribunal reprimanded Dr Zacharia and ordered that he pay a fine of $15,000.

The Tribunal also imposed conditions on Dr Zacharia’s registration, that he:

  • not possess, administer, prescribe or supply a number of drugs including; human growth hormones and most anabolic or andronergic steroids
  • confine his practice to ear nose and throat surgery, cosmetic surgery and cosmetic procedures.
  • not to advertise health services regarding ‘anti-ageing’ medicine as it involves the use of any drugs he is prohibited from possessing, administering, prescribing or supplying
  • complete further education.

     


Further Information


The full decision may be found here.

For further information, contact the Executive Officer of the Health Care Complaints Commission on 9219 7444 or send an email to media@hccc.nsw.gov.au.

 

The information in this media release is correct at the time of publication. Orders may change; for example, conditions may no longer apply. For current information regarding the status of a registered health practitioner, including any conditions that currently apply, please check the National Register at www.ahpra.gov.au.