The Los Angeles Times reported that a former staff gynecologist at UCLA “has been charged with sexual battery and exploitation during his treatment of two patients at a university facility. UCLA acknowledged first receiving a complaint against [the doctor] in 2017; he was placed on leave the following year, but the university did not publicize the reason for his departure until [the week of June 10, 2019]. That decision is now the subject of an internal review, UCLA said. The university has asked other students and patients who believe they were treated inappropriately . . . to come forward.” According to the LA Times, a UCLA spokeswoman said, “We are deeply sorry for this. We know we could have done better. … We want and need to hear from other possible patients.” The doctor pleaded not guilty to the charges.
According to UCLA, the doctor was employed at UCLA Health as an obstetrician-gynecologist from February 2014 to June 2018. From 1990 to January 31, 2014, the doctors’ private practice was independent from UCLA Health, but he had privileges at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, and from 1989 until 2018, he served on the Medical School faculty.
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