San Diego doctor accused of using dirty needles on pediatric patients

**Embargo: San Diego, CA** A San Diego doctor is accused of using expired needles stored inside an insect riddled bottle.

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — A San Diego doctor is accused of using dirty needles on pediatric patients.

Newly released documents by the California Medical board states Dr. Bret Robert Gerber used dirty syringes on a 2-year-old and a 10-year-old in July 2016. Back then, Dr. Gerber worked at Scripps Coastal Medical Center in Hillcrest.

The documents state a medical assistant reported seeing the doctor bring in two boxes of unauthorized needles from home. Upon closer review, she noticed that the syringes had expired in 2008, and the boxes contained dead insects and what looked to be rodent droppings.

Three years before this alleged incident, Dr. Gerber was arrested by Mono County Sheriffs deputies for having psychedelic mushrooms, cocaine, and ecstasy. Deputies found the drugs during a traffic stop, inside his Winnebago, while the doctor was on his way to the Burning Man Festival. He later admitted to using ecstasy at the festival just after his arrest.

Instead of court, Dr. Gerber went through a diversion program, and the Medical Board put him on probation. But in March 2018, Gerber violated his probation after failing to provide a bodily fluids sample for a drug test, documents showed.

Despite his prior offenses, Dr. Gerber’s medical license was never revoked. Dr. Gerber continues to practice pediatric medicine, most recently at Mid-City Community Clinic in City Heights, twice a week.

10News contacted the California Medical Board for comment. They said Dr. Gerber now faces multiple charges including gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, failure to maintain accurate medical records, and unprofessional conduct.

“The physician has the right to a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge after the filing of the accusation, and that hearing has not taken place yet.”
 said Carlos Villatoro, public information officer for the 
Medical Board of California.

Dr. Gerber is no longer on probation, and his license is valid until January 2020.

10News spoke to Dr. Gerber on the phone this afternoon. When asked about the recent accusations, he answered, “no comment.”

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