Physicians for Informed Consent Provides Key Information in Medical Board of California Hearing, Aims to Protect Patients at Risk of Vaccine Side Effects

Medical Exemptions to Vaccination, Recommended Due to Patient History and Genetics, Go on Trial


Physicians for Informed Consent (PIC), an educational nonprofit organization focused on delivering data on infectious diseases and vaccines, provided key information on physician best practices in the case between Kenneth Stoller, M.D., and the Medical Board of California (MBC) (Case No. 800-2017-034218). In July 2019, the MBC accused Dr. Stoller of gross negligence in recommending medical exemptions to vaccination for patients based on their genetic risk of suffering side effects from multiple vaccines mandated by the State of California for school attendance—a precaution that’s not recommended by conventional standards of care. Dr. Stoller’s attorney and author of Galileo’s Lawyer, Richard Jaffe, Esq., defended him based on Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code Section 2234.1, which legally protects California physicians who use alternative or complementary standards of care.

The MBC was represented by Deputy Attorney General, Lawrence Mercer, and its expert witness was Dean Blumberg, M.D., a pediatric infectious disease specialist. Kelly Sutton, M.D., a board-certified internist with training in pediatrics and functional medicine, was the expert witness for the defense. The Administrative Law Judge presiding was Juliet E. Cox. Judge Cox, in addition to earning her juris doctorate from UC Berkeley, also holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology, and a Master of Science in Genetics, a fortuitous background as Dr. Stoller’s defense adduced much genetic information on individual and familial susceptibility to vaccine side effects.

In support of the existence of alternative standards of care for integrative physicians who make vaccine recommendations, Jaffe brought forth “Best Practices for California Physicians Providing Complementary Health Care Methods” by Greg Glaser, Esq., General Counsel for PIC and National Director of the Coalition for Informed Consent (CIC). PIC represents hundreds of doctors who make personalized risk/benefit assessments for their patients and alternative vaccine recommendations when indicated. Another key exhibit was the March 2019 document “Best Practices for Physicians Recommending a Medical Exemption to Vaccination” presented by the late Toni Bark, M.D., and Glaser at the PIC Workshop & Luncheon in Costa Mesa, California.

The hearing was conducted via videoconferencing between Sept. 21–24, 2020, with members of the public listening in via teleconferencing and Ann Leitz as court reporter. Judge Cox’s decision on the case is expected by January 2021.

“I expect that Dr. Ken Stoller will be exonerated, and that his medical exemption letters written under SB277 guidelines will be safeguarded,” said Glaser.

“I expect that Dr. Ken Stoller will be exonerated, and that his medical exemption letters written under SB277 guidelines will be safeguarded,” said Glaser.


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About Physicians for Informed Consent
Physicians for Informed Consent is a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit organization focused on science and statistics. PIC delivers data on infectious diseases and vaccines, and unites doctors, scientists, healthcare professionals, attorneys, and families who support voluntary vaccination. In addition, its Coalition for Informed Consent consists of more than 200 U.S. and international organizations. To learn more or to become a member, please visit