Lawrence Huntoon, MD, PhD
Huntoon is a past president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS),
and currently is serving his second term on the AAPS board of directors.
He is the
Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of American
Physicians and Surgeons. The journal
has an international reputation for publishing important scientific articles that put
scientific merit above political correctness and professional dogma.
Huntoon is a prolific writer, lecturer and commentator on a wide range of issues
affecting the practice of medicine, including medical ethics, Medicare, managed care,
the criminalization of medicine and sham peer review.
Huntoon is also chairman of the AAPS Committee to Combat Sham Peer Review, and has
become the nation’s leading Expert in the area of sham peer review. Dr. Huntoon operates the AAPS Sham Peer
Review Hotline and has helped many physicians throughout the country who have been
victimized by a sham peer review.
Huntoon is also well-known for his cutting humor which he uses to expose the
consequences of government interference in medicine, unethical behavior by hospital
administrators and their unethical physician collaborators, and the conflicts of
interest inherent in managed care. His widely circulated editorial, “Medicare: Incompetence-Based
Bureaucracy” (J Am Phys Surg 2004;9:102-103, available
at www.jpands.org), so infuriated the CMS
bureaucrats because of the facts he exposed, that they subsequently sent mail back to
Dr. Huntoon, marked “refused.” Dr.
Huntoon is well-known for the many battles he successfully fought and won with the
intrusive and abusive Medicare bureaucracy. Dr. Huntoon’s collection of
correspondence with HCFA/CMS/Medicare, known as “Little Frank” (short for Little
Frankenstein) now stands over 10 feet tall and weighs well over 200 pounds! Little Frank has become a legend,
representing the intrusion and wastefulness associated with government-run medical
programs. Dr. Huntoon is also the
originator of the “WE DONT CARE HMO CARD,” which has been distributed to over
10,000 people nationwide. A collection
of witty cartoons, known as “Huntoon Lampoons,” has also been widely distributed
and enjoyed by many.
Huntoon is trained as a medical research scientist, and holds an M.D. and a Ph.D. in
physiology with specialization in neurophysiology.
He graduated with top honors from Louisiana State University Medical Center in
New Orleans, where he received the Chancellor’s Award for scholarship, leadership
and professional excellence. He has done
original research in the area of Parkinson’s disease that involved developing new
techniques for studying the electrical activity of individual brain cells as it
relates to motor function.
Huntoon is a board-certified neurologist and Fellow of the American Academy of
Neurology. He is a firm believer in the
idea that physicians, not bureaucrats, should be practicing medicine. He has opted out of Medicare and recently
opened a new Third-Party-Free practice in the Buffalo, New York area. His practice website www.PrivateNeurology.com details his
practice philosophy. He is an avid
supporter of freedom in medicine, including the freedom of patients to choose the
physician of their choice.