Michigan Doctor Accused of Issuing Student Covid Mask Waivers for Good Google Reviews

December 17, 2021, 8:13 AM

The Michigan Board of Medicine is investigating whether Grand Blanc neurosurgeon Avery Jackson violated state law when he issued questionable mask waivers for dozens of Metro Detroit students -- many of whom attended schools overseen by the Archdiocese of Detroit.

Dr. Avery Jackson

Dave Boucher of the Detroit Free Press writes that regulators are concerned Dr. Jackson had no doctor-patient relationship with the children before issuing the waivers. The Freep goes on to report.

A Grand Blanc neurosurgeon who spread COVID-19 misinformation during an August state legislative hearing is under investigation by a Michigan medical board after issuing more than 90 mask waivers to students across metro Detroit, some allegedly in exchange for good Google reviews, according to interviews and documents obtained by the Free Press.

Getting a school mask waiver from Dr. Avery Jackson takes two minutes and it's free, one Michigan parent explained in a text message acquired by state investigators. All you need is your child's birthdate and any medical reason, the parent said, adding, "He does it for free because he wants to help kids." 

Jackson is the subject of at least two complaints with the Michigan Board of Medicine. They are among the approximately 28 reports received since August by Michigan licensing boards alleging misconduct by doctors, nurses and others related to the pandemic.

His bio lists him as chief executive officer and medical director of Michigan Neurosurgical Institute in Gland Blanc, which he founded in 2003. It states that he has extensive training and experience in complex spinal cases, brain and spinal tumors, head and spine trauma, as well as minimally invasive procedures such as vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty to relieve pain.

Read more:  Detroit Free Press

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