Do Foreign Doctors Face Background Checks?

Posted on March 30, 2015 at 12:00pm by

Recently, debate has stirred up about background checks on New Jersey doctors who received their education and practiced overseas prior to doing work here. Photo of an operating room

The debate stems from the case of Richard Kaul, an anesthesiologist who failed to disclose that a London jury previously convicted him of negligent manslaughter, because a woman he sedated during a tooth extraction went into cardiac arrest and died, according to

After arriving in the U.S., the state Board of Medical Examiners discovered that Kaul had completed spinal surgeries on patients without the proper education and training. Additionally, it was alleged that one of his patients developed an infection and required additional surgery.

Kaul’s license was revoked and he was ordered to pay more than $300,000 in penalties due to the allegations.

Senator Introduces Physician Background Check Bill

Due to the Kaul controversy, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) has introduced a bill that would require doctors to provide the Board of Medical Examiners with the contact information for all previous overseas employers within the past decade.

The board would then have to contact every employer to see if there is any criminal history on file in the foreign country regarding a doctor, according to The bill, S1533, has been approved by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee and the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

It will now move to the Senate for its approval.

Speaking to an Attorney about Medical Malpractice

It is good that the state is beginning to question its background checks when it comes to foreign doctors. Keep in mind, medical malpractice can lead to a lifetime of pain and suffering, as well as the loss of enjoyment of life. It is imperative that the state does a good job ensuring that its residents receive good care.

For more information about how we have helped victims of medical malpractice, visit our verdicts and settlements page. Remember, by working with an attorney, not only can you seek damages following a malpractice event, you can also hold the provider accountable for his or her actions.

Donald G. Targan & Associates – Atlantic City Injury Attorneys

Targan Talk: Medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., behind heart disease and cancer.


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