Will the real Don Margolis please stand up: ties to Grekos who is charged in stem cell fatalities

Dr. Zannos Grekos has administered so-called stem cell-based treatments to patients, at least two of whom have died following treatment in the last couple years. It is an understatement to say that Grekos is in serious hot water with various authorities at the state and federal levels.

In the case of a 77-year old man who recently died after receiving care from Grekos, more details have come to light as reported by a number of news outlets, including a recent article in Naplesnews.com.

A leading proponent of adult stem cell treatments is Don Margolis, who is a self-proclaimed stem cell facilitator (meaning someone who connects patients with adult stem cell clinics). Remarkably, two different people claiming to be Margolis posted a series of comments on the Naplesnews.com story on Grekos.

Here are two of the comments.

DonaldMargolis writes:

I would like to make a public announcement that I am supporting Dr. Grekos.I have sent patients to Dr. Zannos Grekos and will continue to do so! It doesn’t matter if they are treated in a cockroach infested hospital in the Dominican Republic- what is most important is they get better. I will continue to recommend my patients go see Dr. Grekos. Dr. Grekos, I stand by you in your time of need.

DonMargolis222 writes:

My name is Don Margolis and I am the chairman of the world’s only stem cell patient advocacy organization, The Repair Stem Cell Institute. At my website, www dot RepairStemCells dot org, you can read many hundreds of stem cell articles. No matter how many times you find my name, you will NEVER see it as “Donald.” You can Google “Don Margolis” STEM and get about 20,000 hits.
Someone is posting here using my name (as DonaldMargolis). While there are others with that name in America, this one is a liar since HE never referred patients to Dr. Grekos as I once did. For reasons not involving the state’s complaints, my Institute stopped referring patients to Dr. Grekos in 2011. And we never used derogatory remarks about the hospital.

What the heck? Which one is real?

I’m not 100% sure of course, but I strongly suspect the latter comment is the real Don Margolis.

What I find fascinating is that both commenting Margolises admit directing patients to Dr. Grekos. Interestingly, the one who I think is almost certainly the true Don Margolis says he does not do business with Grekos anymore.

The whole area of stem cell facilitators is a very important one that I believe we all need to learn more about as soon as possible.

5 Comments


  1. Ahh, the scammer got scammed on a thread. I’d call that Cyber Karma. It probably came from someone that Margolis ripped off which would lead to a large number of suspects, good luck on drilling that field down for the culprit!

    One thing I do know is that Margolis is reaching out to industry CEO’s in the adipose storage business to get a piece of the action. Sadly these corporate guys have no clue what Margolis is all about and some will foolishly hook up with him. It won’t take long for it to bite that industry in the buttocks. Given the wild west, money grab nature of that industry as it currently stands, I can’t say I’d mind seeing that happen.


  2. Don Margolis does not refer patients, he sells them. Dr. Grekos stopped paying him, so he stopped “referring” them. Margolis, whichever of the above is real, sold patients to clinicians who would use cells processed through an intermediary company, Regenecell, which was owned by, you guessed it, Don Margolis and his son, Robert Clark (a pseudo name to avoid law enforcement). Which, when uncovered, was why Dr. Grekos stopped accepting candidates from Margolis or his offspring.

    Dr. Grekos deserves support and is getting it, but not from the likes of Margolis.


    • Roger, why exactly does Grekos deserve support? He should be presumed innocent until proven guilty, but can you provide other reasons for support for him?


      • Facts. The first case in which patient DF died, there is no evidence that it had anything to do with her treatment with stem cells and a great deal of evidence that she died from traumatic brain injury caused by a fall. She fell because her husband did not provide proper care. Last week the State of Florida was granted an amendment to its complaint which redacts the expert testimony upon which Dr. Grekos restriction was based. The suspension of his license is for violating the restriction which was based on the compromised testimony. It’s like the Keystone Cops of medicine. The second case was a 77 year old man with severe pulmonary issues, very poor quality of life and a very short life expectancy. The autopsy has not been released so all that the media has is what the State has chosen to accidentally leak on purpose.

        Like all physicians who deal with people in terminal condition, some die. It is an unfortunate fact, not a crime.


  3. @ Roger

    Grekos is long on talent when it comes to filling in the felony slot. Like operating without a medical license while stringing along, scamming and stealing 10’s of thousands of $$$$ from the parents of a now deceased 5 year old child.
    http://www.marconews.com/news/2012/mar/03/zannos-grekos-bonita-stem-cell-doctor-boy-texas/

    No doubt he needed the money for his new lawyer’s retainer fee. His current counsel probably has no problem taking it, given the stellar character of his past clientele.
    http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2001-04-23/business/0104200853_1_new-investors-currency-trading-sales-agents

    Speaking of license, it would seem that Grekos’ can’t even hang on to one for driving: “.. charged with careless driving and driving with a suspended license”. http://www.naplesnews.com/photos/2006/nov/29/23552/

    Maybe he should just get a bike and deliver take-out for his restaurant after any new healthcode violations are addressed – Looks like he’s due for the next inspection.
    http://www.city-data.com/fl-restaurants/GREEK-GOURMET-THE.html

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