Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Causing Pain

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Causing Pain

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DESPITE being convicted of negligent manslaughter overseas, Dr. Richard Kaul was able to renew his medical license in New Jersey and eventually operate a surgical center in Pompton Lakes.

While Kaul was trained as an anesthesiologist, he routinely performed back surgeries at the center. According to some of his patients, the results were not always good.

As a Nov. 17 story in The Record by Lindy Washburn reported, one woman said she was unable to walk after surgery and had to ride home in agony. One man said he was physically unable to do his job as a blasting supervisor after Kaul's treatments, and another said he can now stand only for a few minutes at a time.

They were among 11 of Kaul's patients who told their stories at hearings related to the suspension of the doctor's license. Last week, an administrative law judge recommended that the doctor's license, which has been suspended for about 18 months, be revoked. That will be up to the state Board of Medical Examiners, which next meets in mid-January.

It's certainly possible that New Jersey has seen the last of Dr. Kaul. And, at the very least, he is no longer practicing in the state.

However, Kaul's story raises many questions and presents a compelling reason for New Jersey to review how it licenses doctors.

Kaul, who originally got his medical license in New Jersey in 1996, moved to England and was convicted of negligent manslaughter in 2001 after providing anesthesia to a dental patient in London who died.

A year before that conviction, Kaul successfully renewed his medical license in New Jersey without telling the state's medical board of the incident in England. And after that conviction, Kaul applied and got privileges at Hackensack University Medical Center again after not disclosing his past problems.

It is both shocking and frightening that Kaul was able to resume practicing in New Jersey in light of his criminal past in England. …

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