Former Johns Hopkins OBGYN Committed Suicide After Filming Patients Without Their Consent

Who would do such a thing?!?

It’s already horrifying enough for women to visit the OBGYN, but when someone you think you can trust is filming your medical procedure… things get even more uncomfortable.

Earlier this week, Dr. Nikita Levy, a former OB/GYN at Johns Hopkins was found dead inside his home, which was only two weeks after the hospital caught him taping patients without their permission.

The Towson home that Levy was found in was the same house that the Baltimore City police supplied a search warrant for, and when they went in, they came up with a whole bunch of evidence that showed that the doctor was indeed taping his patients.

Johns Hopkins has since released a statement, it reads:

After being alerted by an employee, on Feb. 4, 2013, our security department at Johns Hopkins initiated an investigation of Nikita Levy, M.D., a Hopkins obstetrician/gynecologist. Within a day, we determined that Dr. Levy had been illegally and without our knowledge, photographing his patients and possibly others with his personal photographic and video equipment and storing those images electronically. At that time, in order to protect patient welfare, Dr. Levy was prohibited from any further patient contact.

Johns Hopkins promptly reported this activity to the Baltimore City Police Department. In light of this information, which Dr. Levy acknowledged, we ended his employment on Feb. 8 and offered him counseling services. We then sent a communication to Dr. Levy’s current patients to assure continuity of care and to help them reschedule appointments with another provider.

Any invasion of patient privacy is intolerable. Words cannot express how deeply sorry we are for every patient whose privacy may have been violated. Dr. Levy’s behavior violates Johns Hopkins code of conduct and privacy policies and is against everything for which Johns Hopkins Medicine stands. We continue to work closely with law enforcement officials and will assist them in any way possible. Apart from a few individuals who have been notified, we are not aware at this time of the identities of any other people who may have been photographed by Dr. Levy. We are continuing to investigate.

Tragically, today we learned that Dr. Levy apparently has taken his own life. We send our condolences to his family and friends.

Since this is an ongoing police investigation, we have been asked not to provide any more detail at this time. In addition to notifying the police, we have set up a call center for Dr. Levy’s patients and are also offering them counseling. The number is 855-546-3785.

In order to ascertain the full extent of this matter, the Johns Hopkins Medicine Board of Trustees will be setting up a separate independent investigation which will work in tandem with law enforcement. The Board expects to name someone shortly to head up the independent investigation.

We regard our patient’s right to privacy and professionalism as fundamental and foundational. We deeply regret any distress experienced by our patients and their families.”

Police are currently investigating this matter to try to determine if anyone else was involved with the tapings, and we just can’t believe that anyone would stoop so low to do such a malicious thing!

Ladies, the next time you visit your doctor make sure to look around for video equipment. We wouldn’t want anymore occurrences like this to happen ever again!!

Ch-ch-check out the video (above) for more deets!

Feb 20, 2013 2:02pm PDT

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