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N.J. Revokes License of Spine Surgery Anesthesiologist

Published: February 14, 2014

In December, a New Jersey judge described Richard Kaul, MD, the board-certified anesthesiologist who performed complex spine surgeries, as a danger to the public and recommended his medical license be revoked.

The ax fell last week when the Board of Medical Examiners took steps to ensure Dr. Kaul will never practice medicine in the state again. In addition to having his license revoked, Dr. Kaul must pay $300,000 in civil penalties and reimburse the state nearly $175,000 in legal and investigative expenses.

According to a report in the Bergen Record, Dr. Kaul did not attend last week's Board of Medical Examiners hearing. But in videos posted on his personal website, he claims to be a minimally invasive spine surgeon who will continue to fight the state's accusations in an effort to return to the operating room and innovate the field of spine surgery.

The state had suspended Dr. Kaul's license in June after he was accused of performing spine surgeries at the New Jersey Spine and Rehabilitation Center, a Pompton Lakes facility he owned, and at several other outpatient surgery centers across the state.

The director of the state's division of consumer affairs called Dr. Kaul's actions "an affront to doctors who spend years studying and training so they can properly care for their patients."

Dr. Kaul's attorney could not be reached for comment.

Daniel Cook

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