Dr. Nikita Levy was a gynecologist affiliated with Johns Hopkins. He secretly photographed and videotaped women’s bodies in the examining room. When I say secretly, I mean without their knowledge or consent. Dr. Levy apparently wore a pen-like camera around his neck to accomplish the deeds.


In February, 2013, an employee alerted hospital authorities which forced the doctor to turn over his camera. Investigators discovered 1,200 videos and 140 images stored on servers in his home.

Dr. Levy committed suicide 10 days later.


In fall, 2013, a class action suit was filed against John Hopkins alleging the hospital should have known about the doctor’s photography hobby.


“A forensic psychologist and a post-traumatic stress specialist interviewed the plaintiffs and placed each woman into a category based on trauma level. That will determine how much money each one will receive.”


The hospital system agreed to distribute $190 million among 8,000 patients.

“The incidents traumatized thousands of women, even though their faces were not visible in the images and it could not be established with certainty which patients were recorded or how many. Johns Hopkins declined to comment to The Associated Press.”

Hopkins sent out letters to the gynecologist’s entire patient list last year apologizing to the women and urging them to seek care with other Hopkins specialists.

I’m sure there are lessons to be learned from such a case. But they seem so obvious.