HALEDON — On the website for Dr. Goodnight’s Center for Everlasting Beauty, board-certified physician James Goodnight calls himself an expert in rejuvenative medicine.
Offering services that range from skin tightening and cellulite reduction to fat redistribution and plastic surgery, the 51-year-old graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine includes photos of himself pumping iron.
Today, however, the state Board of Medical Examiners said Goodnight’s anti-aging clinic in North Haledon had a steroid problem.
The state said Goodnight provided steroids to patients without full examinations or ensuring adequate patient care. It also said he provided prescriptions to himself and family members without creating detailed medical records, failed to safeguard the use of his prescription pad and allowed an individual who was not a licensed doctor to participate in the care and treatment of patients.
The board suspended Goodnight for six months and ordered him to undergo ethics training.
Goodnight’s attorney, William Volonte of Newark, said the physician voluntarily ceased his bio-identical hormone practice before signing a consent order with the state medical board and agreed to its terms without admitting or denying the allegations.
"He looks forward to resuming his successful practice in the area of cosmetic surgery in 2014, and he is completely committed to full compliance with all of the Board of Medical Examiners’ requirements," Volonte said.
Goodnight was among a number of physicians profiled in a Star-Ledger series in 2010 on the secret world of steroid use by law enforcement officers and firefighters. At the time, he told the newspaper his patients included about 50 police officers and firefighters. At the time, he was not accused of any wrongdoing.
Acting New Jersey Attorney General John Hoffman, in announcing the suspension, said testosterone and other steroids are surging in popularity as purported anti-aging treatments, leading to concerns about whether doctors are truly weighing their known risks and providing clear information to patients.
"New Jersey is taking action to make sure doctors follow our rules for the protection of patients and the practice of good medicine," he said.
In February, the Board of Medical Examiners expanded New Jersey’s regulation on the prescribing of anabolic steroids and human growth hormone, with new rules requiring that a practitioner can only prescribe them when there is a "bona fide relationship with the patient, and after obtaining the patient’s full medical history, performing a full medical examination, and examining a valid medical need for such drugs."
Goodnight’s medical practice offered both cosmetic surgery and anti-aging treatments, as well as hormones, including testosterone, according to the state Division of Consumer Affairs’ Enforcement Bureau.
In the consent agreement, Goodnight agreed to the six-month suspension, followed by a 2 1/2-year probationary period. The board also required him to complete three approved courses in ethics; medical record keeping; and basic blood analysis and physical examinations.
In addition, he must hire a monitor to submit monthly reports on any new prescribing of anabolic steroids from his office, and will be required to pay $56,675 in civil penalties and investigative costs.