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Kauffman patients asking for seized medical records

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Patients of Dr. James Kauffman were left searching for a new doctor after Tuesday's arrest.

They also temporarily lost their medical records. 

Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced several medical files were seized from Kauffman's office as part of the investigation, and there is no timetable for their return.

"Because of the volume of the evidence, investigators are unable to return these medical files at this time," Tyner said in a statement. "Please be assured that every effort is being made to complete the investigative process as quickly and efficiently as possible."

Kauffman was arrested at his Egg Harbor Township medical office after a brief standoff with authorities who were attempting to search his office. The warrant and his arrest were not related to the still unsolved homicide of his wife, April Kauffman, but to other suspected criminal activity, Tyner has said.

Jerry Glickman, of Atlantic City, just knows he needs to find a new doctor. He was supposed to see Kauffman in the near future.  Now, he's scrambling. 

"I don't want to say it's an emergency, but it's kind of a crisis," he said. "I was supposed to see him because of a medical issue."

Glickman said he called and left a message at the prosecutor's office Thursday morning. 

Tyner said in his statement any file deemed "to have no evidential value" will be returned as soon as possible. Files that are used as evidence will be copied and sent back to the owners. 

Several people posted on the prosecutor's Facebook page Thursday morning asking when they could get their files back.

Another patient, Shannon Tosten Ott, of Brigantine, said while she hasn't tried to get her files yet, she would go back to Kauffman if he began practicing again.

"I thought Dr. Kauffman was a great doctor, very knowledgeable about my condition," Ott said. "He has been my doctor for five years."

Glickman said while he and his wife, Samone, were aware of the controversy surrounding Kauffman, they kept going to him because he is a good doctor.

"He was a gentlemen to us," Glickman said. "We were stunned (when he was arrested) because it didn't have to do with April. Everyone was saying, 'What else could it be?'"

Danielle Dente said she was a 14-year patient of Kauffman until three weeks ago, when he discharged her from the practice. Dente, of Linwood, said she kept going to the practice after April Kauffman's slaying, but saw a nurse practitioner instead of Kauffman.

Most recently, she began seeing Kauffman again because it was the only appointment she could get, she said. 

"He was mean to me on several different visits," She said. "He didn't mail all my files back to me (after being barred from the practice) and I don't know where they are."

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