After criminal conviction, Las Vegas urologist Michael Kaplan promoting male enhancement

Dr. Michael Kaplan gave up his urology practice last year after he was sentenced to four years in prison for reusing equipment meant for single use in medical procedures.

But he’s not out of the profession completely while he remains free and appeals his federal conviction.

These days Kaplan is known by his Twitter handle: “@doctorgetbig.”

Kaplan, 61, has become an Internet pitchman for a line of male enhancement products that he has developed.

His products are built around a dietary supplement called Largagenix, which, according to his website, is “designed to enhance libido and boost pleasure.”

For $129.98, Kaplan’s “Largagenix Basic Plan” offers two bottles of Largagenix and several “free gifts,” including his “top grade penis stretch device” and a book he wrote called “The Urologist’s Guide to Penis Enlargement.”

His website says he is “recognized as a leader in male sexual health,” and in recent weeks Kaplan has been promoting penis enlargement procedures and pitching his products in short, and sometimes graphic, segments on YouTube.

Kaplan was convicted by a federal jury in September 2014 on one felony count of conspiracy to commit adulteration. The charge stemmed from his reuse of rectal needle guides during prostate biopsies on his patients, mostly cancer victims.

Federal prosecutors argued at his sentencing that he endangered the lives of his patients out of greed and arrogance.

None of Kaplan’s 100-plus patients became infected with blood-borne diseases, but Assistant U.S. Attorney Crane Pomerantz said Kaplan showed an “utter lack of remorse” for putting his patients in harm’s way.

Kaplan said at his sentencing that he always looked out for the well-being of his patients and in hindsight would not have done what he did.

Since his conviction, Kaplan also has been sued for malpractice by the widows of two former patients who died after surgeries performed by him. Trials in both lawsuits are scheduled for next year.

Over a 15-year period, Kaplan had built his urology practice into one of the largest in the Las Vegas area, but his lawyers said at his sentencing that he gave up his practice after his conviction because he could no longer get insurance. The Nevada Board of Medical Examiners briefly suspended his license in March 2011 during the investigation into his reuse of medical equipment.

Efforts to reach Kaplan for comment Tuesday were unsuccessful. His San Francisco lawyer, Dennis Riordan, said Kaplan was not doing anything illegal in his online business venture.

Riordan said he believes he has a good case to overturn his client’s conviction on appeal, which will be heard by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco in July.

Contact Jeff German at or 702-380-8135. Find him on Twitter: @JGermanRJ

Las Vegas judge’s ruling will halt tonight’s execution
On Wednesday Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez issued a ruling that will halt the execution of convicted murderer Scott Dozier. Alvogen Inc., which makes the sedative midazolam, filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing the Nevada Department of Corrections of surreptitiously obtaining the drug for use in an execution.
3 people shot in southeast Las Vegas
Three men were shot Thursday night in southeast Las Vegas, and two of them have life threatening injuries. Las Vegas police responded to the incident just after 10 p.m. on the 5000 block of Mountain Vista Street. The investigation is in its early stages and police were unable to describe the suspect or say how man people they think were involved. Police encourage anyone with information regarding this shooting to call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555, or 3-1-1
Robbery suspects apprehended
Four robbery suspects were taken into custody Thursday morning after a vehicle and foot chase that ended in an east Las Vegas neighborhood. The incident began when a person was robbed at gunpoint around 4:45 a.m. near Maryland Parkway and Desert Inn. Officers arriving at the scene tried to stop two vehicles. One vehicle escaped but police chased the second into a neighborhood on Flamingo Road near Mountain Vista Street. Police surrounded the neighborhood and the suspects were apprehended. It looked like one police vehicle was involved in a collision with the suspects' car. One woman suffered an unknown injury and was taken to the hospital in an ambulance. 01:04
Las Vegas police looking for robbery suspects
Two robbers who recently targeted three Las Vegas businesses remained at large Tuesday and police are asking the public to help identify them. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)
Metro Capt. Jaime Prosser gives update of officer-involved shooting
Metro Capt. Jaime Prosser provides an update about an officer-involved shooting at Radwick Drive and Owens Avenue in the northeast Las Vegas on Thursday. A robbery suspect was shot and killed. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
LVMPD Looking For Robbery Suspect
The LVMPD Commercial Robbery Section is attempting to identify the pictured suspect who is responsible for committing robberies to businesses in the southern part of the Las Vegas Valley during the month of May 2018. The suspect enters the business, threatens the employee with a firearm and demands money from the register. The employee complies and the suspect flees the business.
North Las Vegas police are investigating a triple shooting that left one man dead
North Las Vegas police are investigating a triple shooting that left one man dead at 2500 block of Ellis St., on Friday, June 8, 2018. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
1 dead in shooting at southwest Las Vegas home
A dispute between roommates led to the fatal shooting of one man in the backyard of their southwest Las Vegas Valley home on Monday, April 23, 2018. (Rio Lacanlale/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
News Headlines
Local Spotlight
Add Event
Home Front Page Footer Listing
You May Like

You May Like