BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER, Inc.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - A longtime University of Southern California gynecologist, Dr. George Tyndall, is alleged to have sexually abused and photographed patients over his nearly 30-year career. The number of lawsuits could cost the university and it's insurers nine-figures. Howard A. Janet of Janet, Janet, & Suggs, LLC and Mike Arias of Arias Sanguinetti Wang & Torrijos, LLP are representing approximately 8,000 women who allege they were sexually abused and illicitly photographed by OB/GYN Dr. Nikita Levys. The class action lawsuit includes a $190,000,000 settlement against The Johns Hopkins Hospital and are the first class actions to be filed in California state court on behalf of thousands of female students who were allegedly sexually abused and illicitly photographed by a USC OB/GYN.
“The conduct alleged to have been committed by USC OB/GYN Dr. George Tyndall is eerily similar to that of Dr. Levy. As with the Hopkins case, this case centers on allegations of grossly improper pelvic exams that involved improper probing, at times without gloves, sexually charged remarks and illicit photographing of genitalia,” said Mr. Janet. “It appears that Dr. Tyndall, like Dr. Levy at Hopkins, violated the sacred trust between physicians and patients – specifically the trust between male OB/GYNs and patients – in a methodical and disturbing fashion by preying on young, unsuspecting women.”
“Shockingly, it appears USC agreed to enter a “no finding” conclusion related to the investigation, characterize Tyndall’s departure as a resignation, and actually provide him severance pay despite the findings from MDReview’s investigation,” said Mr. Janet. USC, in a recent press statement, took the position that it should have reported Dr. Tyndall to the Medical Board of California eight months earlier than it did. Mr. Janet said, “Given the multitude of complaints lodged to the University during much of Dr. Tyndall’s tenure, there is a reasonable basis to conclude that USC should have reported him years, if not decades, earlier.”
“USC students treated by Dr. Tyndall had every right to expect that the University had thoroughly vetted him so as to be confident that he’d be practicing ethically and not violate the trust placed in him by students,” said Mike Arias. “It is simply unfathomable that a world-renowned institution like USC would ignore repeated red flags reported to them and allow this man to remain in a position where he could continue his abuse of students.”
Shawn W. Anderson