dr nikita levy

Johns Hopkins doctor found dead amid allegations

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Published: 31 July 2017

Posted by: James S. Libby

BALTIMORE — A Johns Hopkins gynecologist who was accused of secretly photographing and videotaping his patients, was found dead on Monday. Police now wants to identify the women who were being seen by the doctor for over two decades.
Johns Hopkins Medicine had let go of the doctor, identified as Nikita A. Levy, 54, this month, after learning about the allegations put on him, hospital officials said. They said that Levy had allegedly been capturing images of patients with her personal photo and video equipment.
Police revealed an extraordinary amount of evidence at Levy’s Towson Md. home.
Being a Hopkins physician for more than 20 years, Levy practiced gynecology and obstetrics at the East Baltimore Medical Center, which is a community clinic located near the main hospital campus.
Longtime patients gave varied reactions on Monday, ranging from anger to loyalty. People described him as a good doctor and called the allegations disgusting.
Some patients were upset about the fact that Hopkins had not informed them of the investigation and that the system had cut ties with Levy.
Tasha Marie Bynum, one of the former patients, who saw Levy during her pregnancy 8 years ago, said that it wasn’t fair to hide the situation from people. The patients need to know the reality, she said.
A Hopkins spokeswoman said the system had revealed little information about the allegations in the letter. Spokeswoman Kim Hoppe also said that more details will be given out in a letter to the patients on Tuesday.
Hoppe said that Hopkins was informed of the allegations on Feb. 4 and they reported them immediately to Baltimore police. She said that the system ended Levy’s employment on Feb. 8 and offered him counseling as well.
Hoppe said that invasion of patient privacy is intolerable and that they were extremely sorry for every patient whose privacy might have been violated.
She said Levy’s alleged behavior had violated Hopkins code of conduct and privacy policies and Johns Hopkins Medicine does not stand for it.
At 7 a.m. on Monday, Baltimore County police were called to Levy’s home, a department spokeswoman said. Officers arrived there only to find him dead.
Spokeswoman Cathleen Batton said that the death is pointing more towards a suicide. There was no gun or knife found. His body was to be taken for autopsy to the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
People who opened the door at Levy’s home on Monday afternoon did not comment on the situation.
Lawyer Kenneth Ravenell agreed that he was representing Levy at the time of his death but did not give out any more information on the investigation.
Ravenell said that it was important to know that he has never been charged with any crime.
Police looks forward to communicate with several patients in the course of the investigation. Baltimore police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said that investigators have recovered extensive evidence that need to be put in order.
He said that they were seeking any individual who has ever been treated by this doctor and that they expect a large number to come forward.
A team of detectives who specialize in sex offenses has been assigned into this case, he said.
Hoppe said that Hopkins had notified a few patients who might have been photographed. She said that they’ve set up a call center at 855-546-3785 and the medical system is offering counseling to those patients.
She said the Hopkins Medicine Board of Trustees will soon set up an independent investigation team which will work in tandem with law enforcement.
Board Vice Chairman Francis X. Knott, reached on Monday night, and said that everything happened so quickly that the board didn’t get a chance to get together. The situation was terribly sad, he said.
Levy’s name and information had been removed from the Website of Johns Hopkins Community Physicians, by Monday.
According to the records kept by the Maryland Board of Physicians, Levy had graduated from Cornell University Medical College in the year 1984. He further completed his residency through the State University of New York. His license to practice medicine in Maryland was issued in the year 1988 and was up for renewal in the year 2014.
Hoppe said that he had worked for Hopkins since 1988.
According to the board, Levy had no disciplinary actions against him. Also, he did not have a license to practice in any other state.
Ciara Brown said that she had been going to the East Baltimore Medical Center since five years but had stopped seeing Levy.
Brown said that she did not like him much because he was very aggressive and because he used to call her personally at home to know the reason as to why she missed her scheduled appointment.
She never found Levy to be inappropriate during visits though. She didn’t completely believe in the allegations put against him.
It could have only been something that one person passes on to another, she said. She added that she feels bad for his family.
Donise Harrington, who had been Levy’s patient for more than twenty years, said that the allegations and Levy’s death were hard to believe.
Harrington said that Levy had delivered her son who is now 20-years-old. He had performed a tubectomy on her and would have most certainly delivered her grandson too if he would made it to the hospital on time.
While she looked a little concerned about her and her daughter’s privacy being his patients, she said that the most saddening part was to lose Levy as her doctor.
Dana Shorter, another patient who had also sent her daughter to Levy, said that she would have supported him if he were still alive.
Shorter said that she was in shock and that she would have remained a loyal patient to him, regardless of the allegations put against him.

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