Noticed a familiar name in a KSL story this evening: Dr. James A. Brinton, a Utah County physician. This guy is a walking headline. Ten years ago, the Utah Supreme Court upheld IHC's decision to revoke his hospital privileges based on concerns about his health care, including questions involving the death of a child. He continued to deliver babies at a less persnickety place, and branched out into laser hair removal. One of those patients suffered 2nd-degree burns, sued him and won, as verified by court records. As of a 2007 D-News article, he was the medical director of a spa that does laser hair removal and such.
A woman once told one of us that, while she was choosing an adoptive family for her newborn child, her physician Dr. Brinton told her, "I know you're going to do the right thing and give this baby to a Mormon family," and that he arranged for a priesthood blessing for her in her hospital room. (She was not LDS.) Wasn't there, can't confirm it, but ever since then, his name in the paper always catches our eye.
The latest: He was indicted this morning, along with 17 others, for an alleged illegal online prescription drug ring. But apparently he's innocent. "We talked to Dr. Brinton on the phone this afternoon," KSL writes. "He says he only supported advertising Phentermine on the Web site and would help with quality control." Well, sure, because when one thinks of "quality control," who doesn't think of Dr. Brinton?