In what may be the largest settlement of its kind, Johns Hopkins has agreed to pay $190 million in a settlement of a class action over claims that a Hopkins gynecologist, Dr. Nikita A. Levy, surreptitiously recorded patients over several years. Dr. Levy was investigated for using tiny cameras, concealed in pens and key fobs, to record thousands of patients. A female colleague alerted hospital authorities who notified police. Within days, a search of Levy’s home revealed over 1,200 video clips of patients on 10 hard drives. Hopkins officials have identified more than 12,500 potential victims.
Other allegations against Levy included performing an excessive number of unnecessary pelvic exams and engaging in inappropriate conduct, often without medical professionals on hand as observers, a routine practice for the safety of patients and doctors.