EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — Jailed endocrinologist Dr. James Kauffman’s medical practice wound down its last hours Friday as patients scrambled to retrieve their records from the Ocean Heights Avenue office.
The office, the owner of which is listed as Atlantic Downbeach Associates LLC, was set to close for good at 4 p.m.
Kauffman, the sole practitioner in Atlantic Endocrinology Associates, has been in jail since his arrest June 13 on weapons charges, and his license to practice medicine in New Jersey has been suspended.
Sally Russell and her daughter Sarah drove from Mays Landing after reading Friday morning about the office closing. Russell said she had not been to see Kauffman in more than seven years but wanted to get whatever records were in the office.
As she entered the office, a member of Kauffman’s staff recognized Russell and informed her that records beyond seven years were no longer kept at the office nor were they available. Russell thanked the staffer and walked outside, saying that while she would have liked to pick up old records, she appreciated not having to wait in the long line only to learn they were not there.
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Kauffman was arrested following an armed standoff at his office as police, FBI and the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office attempted to serve a warrant for alleged medical fraud.
His medical license also has been suspended in Pennsylvania. He is still licensed to practice in Florida.
Kauffman’s wife, April, a noted radio host, veterans advocate and business owner, was found dead in the couple’s Linwood home in 2012. The doctor has not been named a suspect in the yet-unsolved murder.
Patients exiting Kauffman’s office Friday reported a wait of 40 to 45 minutes to retrieve their records, but no one was complaining. Most seemed genuinely appreciative of the effort Kauffman’s staffers were putting in to get each person connected to their medical files and out the door in a timely fashion.
At the same time, not all of Kauffman’s patients’ records were still at the office, as about 1,000 were seized in the June 13 raid, according to Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner. Those patients should call the Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800.
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Francine Branin said she learned of Kauffman’s office closing through a Facebook post Thursday night. She drove in from Tuckahoe to pick up records.
“We came all the way here because he was a fantastic doctor,” Branin said. “My son is a diabetic and he was really depressed about having the disease, but Dr. Kauffman was great with him. He made him feel OK about it and was very thoughtful and very kind. I am really very sorry about all of this.”
Sally Russell added her thoughts as well.
“Dr. Kauffman was a wonderful doctor. His care is part of why I am still here today,” said the Mays Landing resident. “He figured things out when other doctors could not. He honestly was a wonderful doctor, and I am so sad to see what has happened.”