Please read the story below regarding Steven Brigham, M.D. and his associate, Vikram Kaji, M.D., two disgraced abortionists who, according to a recent complaint, engaged in a “sham transfer” which “constitutes the use or employment of dishonesty, deception, misrepresentation, false promise or false pretense.” The June 16, 2015 complaint issued by the NJ Attorney General also said Kaji “aided and abetted the unlicensed practice of medicine.”
NJRTL had written to the Attorney General a few months ago urging that action be taken against Kaji based on his past reccord once we learned that Brigham supposedly transferred ownership to him. You can read the letter at the link below.
Kaji has a history of sexually abusing his patients and prescribing dangerous controlled substances. His license was revoked by PA and NJ’s Board of Medical Examiners for one year and he was made to surrender his controlled substance license by the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency in 1993 and 1994. Believe it or not, his license was reinstated after he admitted to these charges.
“The June 16, 2015 complaint by the NJ Attorney General calls for the revocation of Kaji’s license, a permanent ban on Kaji acting as Medical Director obtaining any ownershp in any of Brigham’s clinics, imposition of penalities and costs, including investigative costs, attorneys fees, expert fees, ” etc. The June 16, 2015 Complaint is also linked below.
We are very pleased that the NJ Attorney General is looking into this matter and is now taking action to stop these two disgraced abortionists who have a long history of flouting the law and hurting women and young teens in our state.
N.J. Attorney General: abortion doctor unlawfully owns clinics
By Susan K. Livio | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
on July 01, 2015 at 6:53 PM, updated July 01, 2015 at 7:39 PM
TRENTON — An abortion doctor who lost his license over late-term abortions is operating a string of clinics despite assuring the state that he had signed away the practice to his medical director, according to a complaint filed by the Attorney General’s Office.
The allegations are contained in a June 16 complaint accusing Vikram H. Kaji, a 79-year-old obstetrician and gynecologist of fraud for claiming he had assumed ownership of American Women’s Services’ clinics after the Board of Medical Examiners yanked Steven Brigham’s license in October for gross negligence. Brigham has appealed the decision.
The board found that Brigham skirted state law by starting late-term abortions with five women by administering a drug that killed the fetus in his South Jersey office, and ordering them to drive to his Maryland clinic, where the surgical procedure was completed.
Without his license, Brigham was required by state law to divest himself from the American Women’s Services clinics he owned in Elizabeth, Mount Laurel, Paramus, Phillipsburg, Toms River, Woodbridge and Voorhees.
But when an investigator from the Division of Consumer Affairs performed an unannounced inspection at a clinic in Hamilton April 22, Kaji denied he was the owner. During a closed-door hearing of a committee of the board on May 5, Kaji “repeatedly testified under oath that he was not the owner,” according to the complaint filed June 16 by Deputy Attorney General Bindi Merchant.
“He expressly testified that ‘there is no other person around, (Brigham’s) the only one who runs the show,” according to the complaint obtained by NJ Advance Media.
Kaji’s “ownership of American Healthcare Services is a sham transfer and thus constitutes the use or employment of dishonesty, deception, misrepresentation, false promise or false pretense,” according to the complaint, which asked the board to suspend or revoke his medical license.
He “aided and abetted the unlicensed practice of medicine,” according to the complaint.
Consumer Affairs spokesman Neal Buccino said he could not confirm or deny whether the investigation into Kaji has opened a new case against Brigham.
Brigham’s attorney Joseph Gorrell could not be reached for comment. Kaji did not return a call to the Princeton Women’s Services clinic in Hamilton.
Marie Tasy, executive director for New Jersey Right to Life, thanked the Attorney General’s Office for “looking into this matter further, and is glad that action is finally being taken to stop these two disgraced doctors’ and their schemes, which have harmed women in the state of New Jersey.”
Tasy said she hopes the actions revealed in the attorney general’s complaint “puts an end to Brigham’s attempts to practice ever again.”
“It’s pretty frightening this man could get his license back. This is another piece of evidence that shows he continues to flout the law and engage in deceptive practices.”
This is not the first time Kaji has been the target of an investigation.
In 1993, the Pennsylvania Board of Medicine revoked his license for a year after he admitted having sex with a patient in his office in Yardley, Pa. and inappropriately prescribing her steroids and tranquilizers. The patient had been a victim of childhood sexual abuse and was suffering from depression, according to the Pennsylvania order. Two other patients also accused him of sexual abuse but he denied the allegations.
New Jersey also suspended his license for a year over the offenses in Pennsylvania. The record of his New Jersey suspension is not on the state website that lists doctor disciplinary actions, however, because the law only requires online records to go back 10 years, according to the division of Consumer Affairs.
In 1996, Brigham hired Kaji, and in 2010 promoted him to medical director, according to the complaint.
In 2013, New Jersey’s physician disciplinary board required Kaji undergo a neuropsychological examination because of “memory loss/impairment” issues. The evaluation found “mild cognitive impairment” but he was deemed fit to practice.
N.J. medical board revokes abortion doctor’s license
The state’s physician disciplinary board tonight revoked the license of Steven C. Brigham, a controversial doctor accused of skirting state rules by starting the process of late-term abortions with five women in his South Jersey office, and ordering them to drive to his Maryland clinic where the procedure was finished.
Finding several counts of gross negligence, deception and official misconduct against him, the state Board of Medical Examiners also ordered Brigham to pay $140,000 in penalties. At a future hearing, the board will decide how much of the state’s court costs he will be ordered to pay; the tab is expected to exceed $500,000.
The board suspended Brigham’s license in 2010 after the Attorney General’s Office argued he used the two-state process to evade New Jersey’s requirement that terminating pregnancies must take place in a hospital or licensed health care facility after 14 weeks. Brigham did not have hospital privileges at the time and is not an obstetrician or a gynecologist.
From his main office in Voorhees, Brigham inserted a device, Laminaria, to expand his patients’ cervixes, and administered a shot of Digoxin to cause “fetal demise.” At his instruction, his patients later drove to drive to a clinic in Elkton, Md. where the fetus would be surgically removed would by another doctor in consultation with Brigham.
Brigham was not licensed to practice medicine in Maryland, but his lawyer said he thought he was following Maryland law that allowed its doctors to consult with out-of-state physicians.
Deputy Attorney General Jeri Warhaftig called the two-state practice “a flim-flam” that took advantage of his patients’ trust and put them at risk.
George Shepherd, the lead physician at the Elkton clinic, was an 87-year-old OB/GYN who had never before performed a late-term abortion, said Warhaftig. Brigham was in charge and Shepherd was “just shoe-horned into the process…His presence was clearly not necessary.”
The case is “not about abortion rights — whether we think abortion should be legal or illegal,” she said. “It’s about the substandard care he provided.”
One of Brigham’s five patients suffered a lacerated uterus and bowel, requiring she be airlifted to Johns Hopkins Hospital for surgery.
“He dons the mask of caring practitioner but he puts his patients at risk of harm,” Warhaftig said.
Brigham’s attorney Joseph Gorrell described his client as a devoted physician who felt compelled to fill the void for late-term abortion services after George Tiller, a family doctor in Kansas, was shot to death in May 2009. Tiller had been the only physician east of Colorado willing to perform late-term abortions in the country.
After consulting with an attorney to make sure what he was going to do was legal, Brigham began in the fall of 2009 offering second- and third-trimester abortions for women, Gorrell said. He did the procedures without charge for women who had been raped or were victims of incest.
Gorrell argued the two-state procedure allowed Brigham to comply with New Jersey regulations, which require abortions after 14 weeks to be performed in a hospital or state-licensed surgery center. Although Brigham did not have hospital privileges at the time, a 1994 New Jersey court decision – also involving Brigham—had defined an abortion as the surgical procedure, and not the administration of medication. Under this interpretation, Brigham performed no abortions in New Jersey, Gorrell said.
“Dr. Brigham did what he did in good faith,” he said.
Brigham himself appealed to the board to “see me for who I am,” as someone who has “taken up the cause of women’s rights and women’s freedom.”
“This is about late-term abortions,” and the political agenda of anti-abortion activists, Brigham said. “If there are members of the board who are opposed to late-term abortions, I understand. But I ask you please to do the best you can and do not give in to hate.”
Warhaftig, the deputy attorney general, said his suggestion was “offensive.”
“Never fear — there are no forces of of hate here. What’s at work here is a lawful prosecution.”
The board’s actions go further than Administrative Law Judge Jeff Masin recommended in August after a 19-day trial in the matter. Although both the board and Masin said Brigham should lose is license, Masin said it was for practicing in Maryland unlawfully. The board, however, found the doctor had practiced without a license and commenced abortiond in his office by causing fetal demise with the medication.
Brigham operates clinics under the corporate name American Women’s Services in Elizabeth, Mount Laurel, Paramus, Phillipsburg, Toms River, Woodbridge and Voorhees.
Susan K. Livio may be reached at email@example.com.
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