DP logoBy Kristina Pritchett

A Capistrano Beach doctor could lose his medical license after the Medical Board of California filed a complaint saying he was negligent and unreasonably excused a toddler from vaccines.

According to the board’s complaint, Dr. Robert “Bob” Sears was “grossly negligent in his care and treatment of a patient, a minor, who he saw in his office six different times between April 2014 and May 2015.”

The complaint claims Sears wrote a letter in 2014 excusing the patient from all future vaccinations, claiming the patient experienced organ failure and encephalitis after previous vaccines. However, the board’s complaint claims the letter was not maintained in the patient’s medical chart.

The complaint claims Sears “departed from the standard of care in that he did not obtain the basic information necessary for decision making, prior to determining to exclude the possibility of future vaccines.”

The board is requesting a hearing to decide whether or not to revoke or suspend Sear’s Physician’s and Surgeon’s Certificate; revoke his ability to supervise physician’s assistants, and pay requisite fees if he is placed on probation.

“We take the board’s accusation seriously,” said Rick Jaffe, Sears’ attorney. “But this case is very clear, this child had two unusual and severe vaccine reactions and his situation warranted concern about future vaccination. To continue vacation could have put the child at risk of further harm.”

Jaffe said they anticipate the case will further public education on the importance of recognizing severe vaccine reactions and providing informed consent for medical care.

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  • Your journalistic skills lack, since you forgot the rest of the complaint where Sears was too incompetent to do a neuro exam on this child when he was brought in to be seen by Sears for being hit in the head with a hammer. Please tell the WHOLE story if you’re going to tell it at all.

    Sears deserves to lose his license permanently for the damage she has done to Public Health in California, his own practice area, and across the United States by creating clusters of highly non vaccinating families who have bought into the lies he tells in his “vaccination book”. Searsis a menace to the health of individual children and the health of society in general. Sears is a disgrace to medicine and science. –Chris Hickie, MD, PhD

    • Chris,
      Dr. Sears is a wonderful Dr., he is a very responsible doctor with high integrity. The world is a better place for human being because of him. He is an example for you as a doctor. Please do
      something great for human being like Dr.Bob Sears!

  • This is a witch hunt pure and simple. If I tell my physician I have a peanut allergy I now have to prove that and all the rest of my medical history before it can be considered truth? This is a very slippery slope for medical freedom and for doctors trying to do the right thing by exempting those who qualify with the set guidelines. Do you really want for there to be no physicians willing to write exemptions out of fear of retribution? THINK before you condemn.

  • Dr. Sears, has amazing courage he has stood up against Big Pharma! ! This is payback pure & simple. Parents and children should have a choice in CA on what happens to them not the state. Dr.’s should not be vilified for trying to do the right thing.
    If you have a child would you want that child to be vaccinated after having seizures from a vaccine? Don’t u want to have a choice to say NO!

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