Rajendra Bothra
Known forInterventional pain management
SpousePammy Bothra
ChildrenSonia Bothra
AwardsPadma Shri

Rajendra Bothra is an American surgeon, humanitarian and politician of Indian origin.[1] He is a former Chief of Surgery at the Holy Cross Hospital, Detroit and practices interventional pain management at the Pain Centre USA, Warren.[2] He is a Fellow of the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians (ABIPP)[2] and is associated with Indian health organizations in conducting lectures to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and substance abuse.[1] He is politically aligned with the Republican Party and was appointed by George H. W. Bush as the co-chairman of the Asian-American Coalition for the 1988 United States presidential election.[3][4] He was awarded the fourth highest civilian award of the Padma Shri, by the Government of India, in 1999.[5]

On December 6, 2018, Bothra and five other physicians at The Pain Center USA were indicted for healthcare fraud and released on bond pending trial. In 2019, Bothra was taken into federal custody for misrepresenting information about his relatives, trips abroad, and assets, and he remained in custody pending trial due to flight risk. Bothra has filed eight motions to revoke his detention and appealed the denials six times.[6] He was accused of fueling the nation's opioid epidemic, cheating Medicare, and subjecting patients to needless and painful back injections.[7] He was acquitted on all criminal charges on June 29, 2022.[8] On August 24, 2023, the US Department of Justice announced that Dr. Bothra had agreed to pay $6.8 million to settle two separate civil suits alleging that he had violated the False Claims Act, the first filed in 2017 and the second filed in 2019.[9] Those qui tam (whistleblower) lawsuits were identified by the Department of Justice as "United States ex rel. Ronald Kufner et al. vs. The Pain Center USA PLLC, et al., No. 2:17-cv-11644 (E.D. Mich.) and United States ex rel. Hersh Patel vs. Interventional Pain Center, et al, No. 2:18-cv-12728 (E.D. Mich.)".[9]

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  1. ^ a b "Dr. Raj Bothra awarded Padma Shri". Embassy of India, Washington D C. 29 January 1999. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Our staff". Pain Center USA. 2015. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  3. ^ "Changing convention". India Today. 15 September 1992. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  4. ^ Bouffard K. (January 1996). "Raj Bothra, MD. From healer to presidential appointee, he is a man committed to numerous charitable causes". Mich. Med. 95 (1): 38–39. PMID 8820940.
  5. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
  6. ^ "United States of America v. Bothra et al: OPINION and ORDER Denying 340 Motion for Revocation of Detention Order; Denying 369 Motion to File an Addendum as to Rajendra Bothra (1). Signed by District Judge Stephen J. Murphy, III. (DPar)". www.docketbird.com. Retrieved 2022-06-18.
  7. ^ "US: Padmashri Doctor accused of Healthcare fraud, gets bail on record Rs 50 crore bond". Medical Dialogues. 2019. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  8. ^ "Doctors acquitted of operating Warren-based prescription pill mill". 29 June 2022.
  9. ^ a b "Eastern District of Michigan | Michigan Doctor to Pay $6.5 million to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations | United States Department of Justice". www.justice.gov. 2023-08-24. Retrieved 2023-12-18.