Holy Hormones Honey! This is indeed a woman’s worst nightmare. Shame and violation – lack of informed consent – degradation and humiliation. Can anyone think of other words I might have missed? How does a woman prevent this from happening? Seek out another woman MD for your pelvic exam. A woman you can trust. Set up a consult first. Find out how open she is to your way of thinking about prevention. Take back control of your body.
Hospital Agrees to Pay $190 Million Over Recording of Pelvic Exams
On Monday, Johns Hopkins Hospital agreed to pay $190 million to more than 7,000 women for the gross violation of doctor-patient trust in what experts said was one of the largest medical malpractice cases of its kind.
Dr. Nikita A. Levy, a gynecologist and obstetrician for Johns Hopkins Community Medicine in Baltimore, was fired in February 2013 after a female colleague reported her suspicions of his penlike device. Ten days later, he committed suicide.
Investigations by the police and the F.B.I. ended without criminal charges being filed, concluding that Dr. Levy had not shared the more than 1,000 videos and images he had stored on computers at his home.
But a class-action lawsuit against the hospital accused Dr. Levy of “harmful and offensive sexual” contact with patients. Jonathan Schochor, a lawyer for the patients, said women were devastated to learn of the filming.
“They feel an extreme breach of faith, breach of trust and betrayal,” he said. Many former patients “have dropped out of the medical system,” he said, adding that they now refuse to see doctors or take their children to pediatricians out of mistrust.