Fifty-four year old Dr. Nikita Levy of Johns Hopkins Hospital has been accused of secretly videotaping his patients with what fellow staffers claim was actually a camera disguised as a pen. When hospital officials were informed, Dr. Levy was barred from contacting his patients and ordered off hospital premises. Dr. Levy came under police scrutiny and a search of his home revealed multimedia evidence. At the same time Johns Hopkins Hospital also launched an investigation into his actions and during the midst of it all, Dr. Levy opted out by taking his own life.
Everyday women everywhere make decisions about what Doctor to entrust their most intimate body parts. Women count on, and base this decision on the belief that the men and women who aspire to become doctors are of the highest moral fiber. Women don’t expect their trust in the Doctors they choose to be betrayed in such a heinous fashion and the patients of Dr. Levy must be experiencing shock and dismay over these allegations.
We’re taught not to give a moments’ hesitation or second thought to male Doctors we choose to be our OB/GYN. We’re told things like, “the Doctor sees hundreds of women every day; it’s his job to be professional, he doesn’t have time or the inclination, nor can afford any lustful or impure thoughts.” But in reality how true are these statements? We all have flaws and human failings. There’s always a chance that people can slip past safeguards and a system of checks and balances designed to weed out bad seeds from the good. This could be the case with Dr. Levy, despite any reputation he built for himself, he could have been a bad seed all along and odds are there are more Doctors out there like Dr. Levy.
I knew a young lady who had been molested by a Doctor who inappropriately touched her during the course of a routine gynecological exam. She reported it and he eventually admitted his wrong doing and had to pay the young lady in damages for his outrageous behavior, but to my knowledge he wasn’t prevented from practicing.
This type of behavior causes a stain on this honorable profession and is a regrettable occurrence that has far reaching consequences. Women everywhere are undoubtedly wondering about their own physicians, and wondering if they too might one day find themselves in the position of Dr. Levy’s estimated 1,000 patients, and that’s just the beginning of the fallout.
Dr. Levy’s cowardly act of suicide adds to the pain, depriving family, friends, associates and more of the truth; leaving a legacy of shocked confusion and more questions than answers regarding his motivation and actions.