Thursday, November 04, 2010

You were expecting maybe Dr. House?

‘For the Love of God, Please Close These Abortion Clinics!’:

Operation Rescue has conducted an investigation of the American Women’s Services (AWS) abortion chain operated by the notorious Steven Chase Brigham and discovered that abortionists who are working to keep AWS open during Brigham’s medical license suspension have shocking backgrounds that include criminal convictions and other problems. ....

“Brighham’s abortion business is a haven for the bottom of the barrel criminals and quacks masquerading as medical doctors, and that’s just the unvarnished truth,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “We have reviewed hundreds of pages of disciplinary documents. Every medical misfit on the east coast that has run out of options seems to have found a welcome home in Brigham’s abortion organization.”

Abortionists who continue to work for Brigham include:

  • An admitted sex offender and drug abuser
  • Two convicted drug violators
  • A convicted income tax cheat who once paid out $3.5 million in a malpractice suit.
  • An abortionist convicted of billing fraud
  • Several abortionists that cannot get hospital privileges

  • Operation Rescue notes that although Brigham has shut several of his locations down, "phone numbers in those locations still ring in to a central office. Women are led to believe that abortion services are available locally, when they are not. Patients are then shuttled to other clinics controlled by Brigham."

    OR then provides this handy chart showing the quality of staff Brigham's ad has been attracting:

    Here's what OR has on each of them, summarized:

  • Mehrdad Aalai: Believed to be the primary Brigham abortionist at the Baltimore and Cheverly, Maryland facilities before they closed. It's not known if Brigham transferred him elsewhere. He has no hospital privileges anywhere. "In October 13, 1993, Aalai was charged in Maryland with one criminal count each of Medicaid fraud, theft over $500, knowingly destroying, damaging or altering medical records, and obstruction of justice. In his defense, Aalai arrogantly argued that his fraudulent Medicaid billing did not constitute a crime of moral turpitude."

    Aalai pled guilty and managed to get his sentence suspended by paying a fine and restitution, along with unsupervised probation. His Maryland license was revoked in 1994, by reinstated in 1997. "Aalai continues to be listed as a 'sanctioned provider' who is barred from participating in Maryland’s Medicaid program."

  • Steven Chase Brigham: His escapades have been covered elsewhere.

  • Frantz Denis: Works for Brigham at his Voorhees and Elisabeth, New Jersey locations. He's licensed in New York, but has no hospital privileges.

  • Elliot Gellman: Works for Brigham at Voorhees, Elizabeth, Woodbridge, and Paramus, New Jersey. He lacks hospital privileges anywhere. His New York and New Jersey licenses were placed on probation after a 2002 conviction for felony tax crimes. He got his license back in New York, but under probation. "In 2009, Gellman was ordered by New York “never practice medicine in New York State…activate his registration…or seek to reapply for a license."

    Gellman paid out a $3.5 million settlement in New Jersey in August, 2006, in a malpractice case against him. (Can anybody go on a legal database and find out what the case was about?)

  • Richard Efram Gordon: When the Pennsylvania Department of Health smacked Brigham down in July of 2010, telling him he couldn't operate abortion clinics in Pennsylvania any more, he "simply transferred ownership to another corporation, Rose Health Services, which is owned by an elderly woman he knew in Ohio, and the clinics continued operations without interruption." Gordon has continued working at the Allentown location.

    LI>Vikram Hiralal Kaji was already a familiar name to me for being a pervert. Kaji works for Brigham at the Voorhees and Woodbridge, New Jersey, mills. He has no hospital privileges. Kaji's troubles with the New Jersey medical board centered around improper sexual relationships with patients and inappropriately prescribing drugs to those patients. The DEA revoked Kaki's controlled substances license in 1994. Both Pennsylvania and New Jersey suspended Kaji's licenses; New York revoked his license and banned him from further practice.

    In 2005, the mother of one of Kaji’s underage patients testified before the United States House of Representatives about a coerced abortion Kaji performed on her daughter, who had been transported to him across state lines to evade parental involvement laws.

  • David Reid Peters: Works for Brigham at his Virginia Beach, Virginia, location. In 2001, Peters was charged by the Virginia Board of Medicine for prescribing drugs "outside of a bona fide practitioner-patient relationship, as required by law." He also "authorized the prescriptions without obtaining a medical or drug history, performing a comprehensive physical examination, providing information about the benefits and risks…and without initiating additional interventions and follow-up care."

  • Steven Paul Regec: Worked for Brigham in Pennsylvania, "but significantly cut back his schedule in 2007, when he applied for licensure in South Carolina and apparently relocated there." There are as of yet unconfirmed reports that Regec is doing abortions in the semi-ex-Brigham Allentown location.

    "Regec plead guilty in 1991 to three misdemeanors: one violation of the Controlled Substance Act; and two violations of Refusal or Failure to Keep or Furnish Records. As a result, Regec’s license was suspended for four months; he paid a $10,000 fine, and served two years’ probation."

    OR reports that "Regec’s South Carolina medical licensing information states that Regec has no history of holding a medical license in any other state." They're forwarding information on Regec's activities to the board.

  • Nicola Riley: Worked for Brigham in Maryland long enough to send a teenage patient to the hospital. She did federal prison time for failing to report credit card fraud she knew was being committed by two soldiers under her command.

  • George Shepard, Jr.: Operated as Brigham's front man in Maryland andgot his license suspended as a result.
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