Qualifications & Experience
THE M.D. ILLUSION
Geoffrey Nase always insists on referring to himself as "Dr. Nase", which is his right as the holder of a PhD (Microvascular Physiology, 1997), but it is confusing to the unwary reader when used in a medical context. In his book, published in 2001, Nase freely admitted:
“I am not a medical doctor and cannot treat patients or prescribe medication. Beating Rosacea: Vascular, Ocular and Acne Forms is intended to be educational and is not a guide to self-diagnosis, self-medication or self-treatment. A reliable diagnosis and medical treatment can only be made by a physician.”
However, these days Nase goes to considerable lengths to give the impression that he graduated from medical school and is some form of medical doctor:
“… I have a medical degree in human physiology and have passed my medical school boards.”
“.... I went to medical school and am considered a medical doctor who can prescribe certain things and perform treatments; I am a medical Physiologist -- not a medical physician.”
Forum, June 17, 2005, ‘People Are Looking In’
In fact, Nase did not pass his medical boards because these are taken during medical residency. He took medical school classes for two years, then switched to a PhD track. Medical physiologists are researchers who specialize in the study of the human body. They do not write prescriptions or treat patients, and their role is nothing like that of a physician.
In the Dermatology Times issue dated March 1, 2005, and on his own web site, Nase claimed to be “a rosacea research specialist for the Indiana American Medical Association Affiliate and rosacea treatment analyst, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis”. Is any of this true?
The Indiana State Medical Association is a membership organization restricted to qualified physicians. Nase is not a member and has never had any connection with them … and no, they don’t conduct research.
Nase did work at the Indiana University School of Medicine, as a Biomedical Research Associate, but left in September or October 2004, long before this interview was published. His research mainly focused on diabetes and heart disease, and he was certainly never employed as a ‘rosacea treatment analyst’.
More than a year later, Nase is still wrongly claiming on his web site that he “performs biomedical and clinical research at a major Medical University in the United States [and] is funded by the American Heart Association and National Institutes of Health …”.
THE SELF-APPOINTED LASER EXPERT
Many rosaceans genuinely believe Geoffrey Nase was one of the founders of laser medicine. He often claims to have invented IPL treatments against rosacea, and to have trained Dr Patrick Bitter Sr. and Dr Nicholas Soldo. Again, the truth is very different. Patrick Bitter Sr. and his son Dr Bitter Jr. are rightly credited with being the first IPL rosacea experts, and Dr Soldo was an early collaborator.
Nase was one of the first laser patients, but that is all. In his book, Nase does not even name the doctor who treated him with IPL, let alone thank him. To do so might undermine this claim from his book:
"Dr. Nase has successfully stopped the progression of his severe rosacea and has reversed it to the point where he is near normal".
Nase insists on taking all the credit.
Nase has often claimed great experience in treating patients with lasers, and in the Dermatology Times article cited above, he gave a detailed description of his treatment methods:
To treat microvessels located directly beneath the epidermis, Dr. Nase uses the Photoderm VL-Flashlamp (Lumenis Aesthetics) set at 550 to 570 nm in wavelength, a moderate energy pulse and a long-pulse duration.
Dr. Nase says this is where dermatologists usually stop treatment, missing the damaged and dysfunctional vessels just below the microvessels, which are central to vascular pathogenesis.
To treat these vessels, he uses a 1064 nm Nd:YAG laser, with high energies and long pulse durations, continually checking to see that the patient still has an active deep flush and constantly stopping to determine the level of vascular photocoagulation with portable magnification systems. The final laser step involves a single pass with an N-Light 350 ms pulsed dye laser (ICN Pharmaceuticals) to treat papules, pustules and the lumpy-bumpy facial texture.
Dr. Nase says he follows up for two weeks after treatment with macrolide antibiotics to decrease angiogenesis.
On Nase’s web site, under the title IV. What did I Prove with Facts during the Deposition?, you will see the following:
I have treated over 120 rosacea sufferers with Type IV lasers and Intense Pulsed Light Systems at laser symposiums. This floored them and stopped them in their tracks.
In reality, Nase’s sole experience in using lasers has been at sales promotions run by laser companies, where patients are given free split-face treatments so potential purchasers can see the machines in action, comparing the untreated side of the face with the treated side. These test treatments are invariably conducted under the supervision of physicians, who are the only ones permitted to select and input the machine settings before the technician (or Nase) is allowed to hold the pre-set laser head against the patient’s face and press the button.
It really is as simple as that ... which is what floored all present at the deposition!