Former USC Gynecologist Stripped of Medical License Temporarily

August 29, 2018 - 2:30 pm

(KNX 1070) - Former USC gynecologist George Tyndall has been stripped of his license to practice medicine in the state, at least temporarily.

The California Medical Board said on its website the suspension is on an interim basis and happened this past Monday.

The medical board says the temporary suspension of Tyndall’s license is in the interest of public safety as the criminal investigation and lawsuits continue against him.

It comes after five of his accusers, including Daniella Mohazab and Anika Narayanan, submitted statements to the state attorney general who argued before the Board that Tyndall’s license should be suspended.

Tyndall’s criminal attorney Leonard Levine responded saying his client maintains his innocence.

LA County prosecutors are reviewing 38 criminal accusations against Tyndall. No charges have been filed.

Hundreds of women have come forward after the Los Angeles Times reported Tyndall was accused repeatedly of misconduct by patients and staff but continued treating students until 2016.

Attorney Gloria Allred has helped dozens of former Tyndall patients sue him and the school. She is holding a news conference Wednesday about the latest developments in the case.

The school's former head, President C.L. Max Nikias, has formally stepped down.  USC trustees say they hope to find a permanent new president within four to six months.

Nikias was forced out because of his handling of the sexual abuse scandal involving a former campus gynecologist, Dr. George Tyndall.

One of the professors who had been pushing for his resignation says she's pleased with the move. 

Wanda Austin, who is a trustee, will serve as interim president.

Film school Professor Tara McPherson tells KNX it's about time Nikias went:

In July, nearly 700 members of the USC faculty called on the school to speed up the departure of Nikias. Trustees said in May he agreed to an "orderly transition" to a new president. Many faculty members are concerned he might not actually be leaving.

 A petition signed by faculty members noted that there has been no follow up on the announcement that Nikias was going to leave the school. The petition says the school finds itself in a state of turmoil and uncertainty.

The school's been accused of mishandling repeated sexual misconduct complaints about a campus gynecologist who's denied any wrongdoing.

Nikias agreed to step down in May after a clamor from USC staff and students.

A woman who says she was among the victims has mixed emotions about pushing out the university president:

The lawsuits against USC keep stacking up with more women suing the university over its handling of a former gynecologist who's accused of sexually abusing patients for decades in August. 

According to the suit, one woman said Tyndall asked probative questions about her sex life. Another said he gave her a rectal exam following a pelvic exam without warning or consent. This woman saw him several times...

Attorney John Quinn, who represents USC, he says the university takes all of these allegations seriously and is thoroughly investigating them.

In a statement, Tyndall’s attorney says he takes all of these allegations seriously but firmly believes when all the facts are known and experts consulted it will be determined his exams of students at USC were for the stated medical purposes. 

In July, 38 former USC students have filed lawsuits against the university, alleging gross sexual misconduct and sexual assault on the campus by Tyndall.

The women claimed that USC received numerous complaints about Tyndall’s sexually abusive behavior, dating back to at least 1988, and not only did nothing about it, but deliberately covered up the doctor's misconduct for decades.

Real estate executive Rick Caruso, who had been elected as chair of USC's Board of Trustees, told the Times he hopes there could be a settlement without the need for depositions and trials. Tyndall is also named as a defendant in the suits. He has denied any wrongdoing. 

The board chose Caruso to help the university deal with the scandal. Caruso will chair a special committee that will hire outside counsel to conduct an independent investigation into Tyndall's alleged misconduct, and the reporting failures that occurred. Caruso - a 1980 USC graduate - has said  he's outraged by the university's reaction to alleged misconduct involving former campus gynecologist. Dozens of former patients have accused him of misconduct.

Tyndall told the Times in May that he did nothing wrong. More than 400 women reached out to USC since the Times reported about Tyndall's alleged behavior and the university's lack of response. Tyndall was USC's only full-time gynecologist from 1989 until he was fired last year following an internal investigation. Police are investigating more than 100 criminal complaints, but no charges have been filed at this time. In June, the Los Angeles Police Department raided the home of the former campus gynecologist and officers also served warrants at a storage facility.  A Los Angeles Times investigation revealed complaints against Tyndall go back as far as the 1990s but it was only after a frustrated nurse reported the doctor to the campus rape crisis center in 2016 that he was removed.

Tyndall reached a secret deal with administrators that let him resign with a financial payout. He has denied any wrongdoing.

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