This weekly roundup features arrests, criminal proceedings, and other reports alleging improper or questionable conduct by healthcare professionals.
Former University of Southern California gynecologist George Tyndall surrendered his license after the California’s medical board determined he engaged in “egregious” sexual misconduct with five patients. State lawmakers also passed a bill temporarily lifting the statute of limitations for sex-related lawsuits against physicians working in student health centers, meant to allow civil suits against Tyndall for abuses committed more than 10 years ago to go forward. Nearly 400 women have come forward with allegations against Tyndall — who has pleaded not guilty to all charges — across his 27 years at the campus clinic. (Los Angeles Times)
Meanwhile, the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal still plagues Michigan State University, which agreed to pay a record $4.5-million fine as part of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Education. University Provost June Youatt also becomes the latest MSU official to lose her job because of the scandal, resigning after investigators found a “systematic failure to protect students from sexual abuse” spanning many decades. (The New York Times)
An emergency physician in Ohio already indicted for raping a 12-year-old girl he met on the internet was charged with four additional crimes involving minors, including sex trafficking and child pornography. The physician allegedly paid his victims, some of which he met through Snapchat, in cash and shopping trips, or let them use his Mitsubishi Outlander SUV. (WKYC3)
A New York nephrologist was sentenced to seven years in prison for overprescribing opioids and benzodiazepines that the court determined were responsible for at least two patients’ overdose deaths. After he was initially charged last year, he fled to Wisconsin, where he was arrested. (Flushing Post)
In Miami, an ophthalmologist bought drugs from China falsely labeled as Botox that she sold to patients through Groupon services, federal agents told local TV station WPLG after raiding her clinic. She has not yet been formally charged, however.
A doctor operating a weight loss clinic in Atlanta was charged in an alleged pill mill scheme along with his wife and former NFL player Sedrick Hodge. The indictment said the physician prescribed large quantities of oxycodone and stimulants to the other defendants in exchange for cash, and wrote Hodge prescriptions that he doled out to others. The physician said he is “absolutely innocent” and is now retired because he is “sick of medicine” and being “treated like a criminal.” (WSBTV)