On January 26, 2013, the Dean of the Medical Faculty (CEO, Johns Hopkins Medicine) and the President of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System (EVP, Johns Hopkins Medicine) sent a formal letter to the Executive Director of the Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center, Inc. and others regarding the former Johns Hopkins Medicine employee, gynecologist Dr. Nikita Levy, who apparently committed suicide after being confronted with allegations that he surreptitiously photographed and videotaped his patients without their knowledge or consent.
The letter stated, in part, as follows:
As we discussed in previous statements and reported to the patients and in the media, these events came to light on February 4, 2013 when a Johns Hopkins employee brought to our attention concerns she had regarding Dr. Levy. The Johns Hopkins employee advised that she had noticed that Dr. Levy had worn a device, which looked like a writing pen, around his neck while examining patients and she believed it was a camera.
On February 5, 2013, Johns Hopkins security was contacted and went to Dr. Levy’s office to question him about the device. While interviewing Dr. Levy, similar appearing devices were seen in his office and on his person. The interview was suspended after asking Dr. Levy to voluntarily surrender the devices, which he did. Dr. Levy was advised that he was prohibited from any further patient contact and was encouraged to seek counseling services. Johns Hopkins Security then escorted Dr. Levy off the grounds of Johns Hopkins, and his upcoming appointments were cancelled.
On February 6, 2013 Johns Hopkins contacted the Baltimore City Police Department, and on February 7, 2013 evidence obtained by Johns Hopkins was provided to the Baltimore City Police Department. The Baltimore City Police Department asked Johns Hopkins not to disclose details of the early police investigation so that their investigation would not be compromised and Johns Hopkins complied with their request. Concerned about patient health care, the authorities did permit us to send a letter to patients advising that Dr. Levy was no longer affiliated with Johns Hopkins and to arrange for transfer of their health needs to other physicians. In addition, on February 8, 2013 Johns Hopkins terminated Dr. Levy’s employment.
After receiving the information and evidence from Johns Hopkins, the Baltimore City Police Department reportedly executed several search warrants and obtained additional evidence. After Dr. Levy took his life and law enforcement permitted, we issued a public statement and sent a second letter to the patients providing the information that we had available to us.
Johns Hopkins cooperated fully with the Baltimore City Police during their initial investigation and intends to continue to cooperate until the investigation is completed. Due to the sensitive nature of the criminal investigation and not having knowledge of the specific content of the images contained on the devices and other evidence obtained by the Baltimore City Police Department, Johns Hopkins was and is unable to provide definitive information to the patients of Dr. Levy of what was contained on the devices.
Currently, images and videos taken by Dr. Levy are securely in the possession of the Baltimore City Police Department. Except for a few individuals who have been notified, we also do not know whether any of Dr. Levy’s patients are identifiable in any video or image contained in that evidence. If the Baltimore City Police Department determines that images or videos are identifiable, we pledge that we will continue to cooperate fully with the Baltimore City Police Department and Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s office to assist them in identifying those individuals. If we are permitted to do so by the Baltimore City Police Department and Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office, we also pledge that we will assist them in confidentially notifying any patients that are identifiable and in providing those patients with the assistance they may require.
We do not know what Dr. Levy did with the images or videos. It is believed that the Baltimore City Police Department and their federal partners in the investigation are still actively investigating that aspect of the criminal case. As Johns Hopkins learns of the results of the police investigation regarding whether any of the material was distributed, Johns Hopkins pledges to share that information with the patients of Dr. Levy.
We are sure that most of Dr. Levy’s former patients are anxious to find out if they are depicted in any of the photographs or videotapes taken by Dr. Levy, the extent to which their bodies are depicted, and if, how, and where the private images of them were stored, transferred, used, transmitted, or appeared.
If you were a former patient of Dr. Nikita Levy, you may wish to confer with a local Baltimore medical malpractice attorney or a Maryland medical malpractice attorney who may be able to assist you in protecting your interests and rights in the matter.
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