A Johns Hopkins Hospital gynecologist hid a camera inside a pen which he wore around his neck and took videos and pictures of his patients during exams. Dr. Nikita Levy, who got caught after a female Johns Hopkins co-worker became suspicious about the pen and reported it to Johns Hopkins security, committed suicide after police searched his home.
CBS Baltimore reported on Feb. 27, 2013, that as of now, more than 2,000 former patients of the Johns Hopkins Hospital gynecologist in East Baltimore have now contacted the police to see if they were victimized by the gynecologist’s secret taping activity.
“Multiple cameras were found in the office and on Dr. Nikita Levy. It was a camera hidden inside a pen the doctor wore around his neck that aroused the suspicions of a female co-worker. She told security the gynecologist was wearing it while seeing patients. The next day, security found multiple recording devices in Levy’s office.”
During a search of the gynecologist’s home, police found further evidence including hard drives and servers with the patients’ pictures on them. An investigation into the John Hopkins Hospital gynecologist’s secret taping of his patients is exploring whether the gynecologist sold the materials online and whether he had any other person helping him.
So far, two lawsuits have been filed against Johns Hopkins for neglecting to protect its patients. According to lawyer Jamison White, the gynecologist’s photographing and videotaping of his patients during exams expanded over “a number of years” and was in such an “obvious manner” that the hospital should have noticed it much sooner.
In response to the incident, Johns Hopkins Hospital has sent a letter to the hospital’s patients stating that “Today, we stand humbled by the events and tragic circumstances that involve the patients and community we serve. We want to assure our patients that their privacy, safety and well-being are our priority.”