Johns Hopkins Hospital gynecologist secretly videotaped patients

BALTIMORE, Md. – A Johns Hopkins Hospital gynecologist was barred from having any contact with patients after being accused of allegedly using a camera pen to videotape patients.

A hospital employee informed hospital officials in a letter on February 4 claiming that Dr. Nikita Levy had been recording patients during gynecological examinations held at a Johns Hopkins clinic. On February 18, Dr. Levy, 54, was discovered dead at his home, the victim of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Hospital officials forwarded the letter to the law firm of Silverman Thompson Slutkin & White, which is cooperating with the Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center. The letter stated that Dr. Levy was wearing a pen around his neck, which the reporting employee believed was actually a miniature digital video camera.

Hopkins security personnel questioned the doctor in his office and later escorted him off the grounds. Baltimore police investigating the incident said they found multimedia evidence.

Since the news has surfaced, more than 2,000 patients and former patients of Dr. Levy have called a hotline set up by the hospital to deal with the incident. There have already been class-action lawsuits filed against the hospital in connection with the incidents.

Via the Associated Press on Business Week.

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