In one of the largest civil claim settlements against a single physician, Johns Hopkins Hospital has agreed to pay more than 7,000 women a $190 million settlement due to the gross misconduct of one of their former gynecologists and obstetricians, Dr. Nikita A. Levy.
Unfortunately, no criminal charges could be filed against Levy, as he committed suicide only ten days after his lewd behavior was reported and he was fired from his position at Johns Hopkins,
Sexual Misconduct of Dr. Levy
During his over 25 years of employment with Johns Hopkins Hospital, Dr. Levy saw as much as 12,700 patients who were able to be identified. Levy always saw his patients with an unusual pen around his neck, to which one of his colleagues became suspicious.
Once the colleague came forward, it was discovered that Levy had been secretly recording his patients during their pelvic exams and in other personal moments with a hidden camera in his pen and key fob.
Some investigators have stated they believe these recordings began back in 2005 and were never shared or uploaded to the internet. However, other FBI specialists have concluded that there was a high degree of certainty that Levy had shared the videos online.
A Class-Action Lawsuit Was Brought Against Johns Hopkins Hospital
Once news of these videos came out and patients began to be notified of videos that were taken of them, they suffered tremendously.
Says one Chicago medical malpractice attorney, “in cases like these, it is not uncommon for victims to have trouble focusing on anything other than what’s happened to them, struggle to sleep at night, and have difficulty maintaining relationships with their family and friends.”
For these reasons, a class-action lawsuit was brought against Johns Hopkins for their negligence of Dr. Levy, as well as for emotional distress and invasion of privacy. Fortunately, Johns Hopkins understood the trauma their patients had been through and agreed to pay a settlement of $190 million.
They also issued the following statement in regards to Dr. Levy and their thoughts on what these women had been through as follows:
“Words cannot describe how deeply sorry we are for all this has affected. We assure you that one individual does not define Johns Hopkins. Johns Hopkins is defined by the tens of thousands of employees who come to work determined to provide world-class care for our patients and their families.”