Hospital Pays $190 Million Over Recording of Pelvic Exams

By Peter DePaolis

When we visit a doctor, we are usually at a weak place in our lives: dealing with an illness or an injury and looking for guidance from a trusted person. Physicians have a responsibility to their patients and to the world to be pillars of honesty and virtue. When that trust is broken, the betrayal can be devastating.

Last month, Johns Hopkins agreed to a $190 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit. Over 7,000 female patients were represented in one of the biggest medical malpractice cases of its kind.

Dr. Nikita Levy, a gynecologist for Johns Hopkins Community Medicine in Baltimore, was fired last year after a co-worker reported misgivings about the pen-like device the doctor always wore around his neck. It turned out to be a hidden camera, and for years he had been secretly recording the pelvic exams he performed.

Ten days after his transgression was revealed, the doctor committed suicide. FBI agents later found over a thousand videos and images stored on computers at his home.

His patients were, of course, devastated to learn of the crime. Many of them have since stopped visiting doctors completely, even keeping their children out of physicians’ care. Many have experienced sleeplessness, and some have even had relationships with spouses and significant others affected. After this kind of extreme breach of faith and trust, such a reaction is understandable.

Johns Hopkins contacted the Baltimore police and fired the doctor immediately after learning of his crimes. Nevertheless, the invasion of privacy and emotional distress the hospital caused its patients, as well as the facility’s utter negligence in its oversight of staff is inexcusable. We must hold our hospitals to the highest possible standards.

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Did You Know? Human error is behind almost 80 percent of adverse events in hospitals, making it the sixth leading cause of preventable death in America.

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About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.