Quite a few news sites today are covering the filing of charges of and arraignment of rosacea identity “Dr. Syed”.
Known to rosacea sufferers as Tanweer A. Syed MD. PhD, 66 year old Timothy Syed Andersson is facing 51 felony charges including practicing medicine without a license, grand theft by deception and perjury.
Andersson has been found to have no formal training or license in the United States or abroad.
His web site has impressive sounding terminology such as “professional expertise in the field of extracting and synthesizing natural bioactive” and “incorporating biologically active natural ingredients into skin cream emulsions”, as well as “patent pending proprietary formulation” and also “powerful antioxidant is truly bio-available”.
Rosacea News has covered Dr. Syed and his products in the past. He was well known to rosacea sufferers for his very expensive Green Tea based cream. His cream was in fact found to contain hydrocortisone. The District Attorney Kamala Harris was quoted as saying the green tea cream was “a bunch of BS”. Users of his cream were found to be located all over the United States as well as several overseas countries.
Andersson has cleverly promoted his cream as appealing to rosacea sufferers. In 2007 he was listed as a member of the RRDi Medical Advisory Committee. His $125 Hypo-Allergenic Facial Cream (supposedly green tea based) was not well received by rosacea sufferers as you can see in a few forum postings.
Be Careful out There
The charging of Andersson on serious charges is a great opportunity for rosacea sufferers to step back and think about what they read and accept and who they trust. Especially online, we all need to watch out for people who call themselves a doctor and have a web site full of gobbledegook.
Don’t trust someone who is not a licensed M.D. to offer you a consultation. Don’t buy products that promise results that appear suspicious.
Andersson has claimed to investigators that he does not practice medicine and just sells his facial cream from his home.
The District Attorney urges everyone to check the official registration of medical doctors and to not visit Andersson/Syed’s web site.
[Update]: an article has been published in SF Weekly News:
By Ashley Harrell Wednesday, Apr 21 2010
A phony dermatologist misdiagnosed patients and stuck them with needles. It took four years for the medical board to figure it out.
Syed’s deception spree came to an end in February, nearly four years after he had been brought to the attention of the MBC, when he was finally arrested and jailed. He refused to talk to SF Weekly for this article. But his former friends, victims, and one of his ex-wives (he has four) have plenty to say, as do the hundreds of pages of investigative documents in the D.A.’s file. They tell the story of a man whose genius wasn’t for medicine but for fraud.