Two weeks ago, an employee of Johns Hopkins Hospital informed administrators that OB/GYN doc Nikita Levy was taking photographs of patients (“and possibly others,” according to the hospital — though it’s unclear what that means) without their consent. After being barred from contact with patients, Dr. Levy killed himself at his Towson home.
Police have been investigating the case since Levy’s surreptitious taping came to light, and now they’re calling out to all women who were Dr. Levy’s patients over the past 20 years. According to the Baltimore Sun, the hospital itself sent out letters to patients letting them know that it had cut ties with Levy, but not telling them why. (However, the “few patients” who were identified in the photographs were notified — but, creepily enough, the police say they’ve found an “extraordinary” amount of evidence at Levy’s home, so presumably there are more victims than previously thought. Police estimate that Levy saw more than 1,000 patients since receiving his medical license in 1988.)
In a statement released after Levy’s death, the Johns Hopkins Hospital strongly condemned the doctor’s actions: “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.”
The hospital has also set up a call center for Dr. Levy’s patients (855-546-3785), and will be providing counseling for patients as well.