7,000 Women’s Pelvic Exams Recorded by MD with Concealed Camera

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

The doctor wore an unusual pen around his neck. It was really a concealed camera, and for years he secretly recorded women at some of their most private moments, pelvic exam womanduring 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.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.