Dr. James Kauffman’s license to practice as an osteopathic physician and surgeon in Pennsylvania has been temporarily suspended following his arrest while police were attempting to execute a search warrant at his medical practice last month.
Kauffman, 68, of Linwood, is an Atlantic County-based endocrinologist who was married to veterans advocate and radio host April Kauffman when she was murdered in 2012. He was arrested after an armed standoff with police at his Egg Harbor Township medical office June 13 when they arrived with the search warrant, which was unrelated to the homicide investigation.
He is charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, possession of hollow-point bullets and obstruction of the administration of law.
Reached for comment, Kauffman’s attorney, Edwin Jacobs, said it was the first he was hearing of any suspension of his client’s license outside New Jersey.
The Pennsylvania suspension comes on the heels of his license suspension in New Jersey June 26 by the State Board of Medical Examiners. Kauffman agreed to the temporary suspension of his license pending the resolution of the criminal charges against him and other conditions set by the Medical Examiners Board, according to the state Division of Consumer Affairs.
When his license was suspended in New Jersey, Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino said in a statement, “Dr. Kauffman’s conduct, followed by his criminal arrest, demonstrates an imminent danger to the public.”
On July 10, the Probable Cause Screening Committee of the Pennsylvania State Board of Osteopathic Medicine issued an order suspending his license pending a hearing on the grounds that he presents a clear and immediate danger to public health and safety.
Kauffman is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and served a residency at Jefferson Hospital in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism. According to his professional website, Kauffman is also licensed in Florida.
Kauffman was first licensed under the New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners on Aug. 4, 1978, according to state records, which show no previous board actions against him while practicing in New Jersey.
Kauffman remains in the Atlantic County jail, as he has been ordered held until trial.