The State Board of Medical Examiners has temporarily suspended Dr. James Kauffman’s medical license, the state attorney general announced Thursday.
The suspension follows a Superior Court judge’s decision last week to keep Kauffman, an Atlantic County endocrinologist, in jail until he can be tried on charges stemming from a June 13 armed standoff with police outside his practice in Egg Harbor Township.
Kauffman agreed Monday 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.
“Dr. Kauffman’s conduct, followed by his criminal arrest, demonstrates an imminent danger to the public. The Board acted appropriately to ensure that he will not be allowed to practice medicine until this very serious matter is resolved,” Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino said in a statement.
Porrino said Kauffman will also have to undergo a professional evaluation and “be deemed fit to resume practice” before the medical board can consider reinstating his license. Until then, it will be indefinitely suspended.
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.
The doctor has been in the Atlantic County jail since his June 13 arrest after he ran inside his office as police officers were attempting to execute a search warrant. Inside the office, authorities said, Kauffman drew a gun, which he pointed toward his chest while officers negotiated with him. After 45 minutes, he surrendered.
Kauffman was married to radio host and veterans advocate April Kauffman when she was discovered shot to death in the couples’ Woodstock Drive home in Linwood in May 2012. The doctor has not been named as a suspect in the case, and authorities have said the June 13 warrants were unrelated to their ongoing investigation into the homicide.
Kauffman filed an appeal this week to the Superior Court’s decision that he remain in jail. An appeals court has not yet set a date to hear the appeal.