Students Warned USC Administrators of ‘Creepy’ Gynecologist
On May 19, the LA Times broke a story about University of Southern California’s former gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall. Since the Times’ report, former patients and colleagues continue to come forward speaking of the doctor’s predatory behavior and the university’s failure to act. Evidence that employees at USC received serious warnings about him beginning early in his career at the university continues to mount.
Through interviews and court filings, former patients and colleagues describe attempts to alert clinic administrators and others at the university about Tyndall’s behavior. While the university only acknowledges complaints as far back as 2000, an unnamed alumna wrote that she first complained to the university in 1991—two years after Tyndall joined the staff at the university’s clinic. The victim behind the complaint wrote that she told a clinic medical director and the university women’s advocacy office that the former gynecologist photographed her naked without consent.
“Nothing ever came of it,” the alumna wrote.
Other women said it was common knowledge on campus that Tyndall had questionable exam practices. A 2014 USC graduate said she even made her visit with Tyndall the focus of a theater class performance.
The university created an environment where Tyndall violated young women for nearly 30 years. Despite numerous complaints from students and staff alike, the accused sexual predator remained on campus treating patients for nearly 30 years. The USC Board of Trustees executive committee recently announced that outside attorneys would conduct an independent investigation into the matter. The goal is to see how he was allowed to remain at the university so long.
When Did USC Decide to Act on the Sexual Abuse Allegations?
The university decided to act after a frustrated nurse got fed up with the university’s inaction. She went to the University’s rape and crisis center in 2016 to report Tyndall’s behavior. It was only then that he was suspended. In a secret deal in the summer of 2017, the university quietly allowed Tyndall to resign. In addition, Tyndall received an undisclosed financial payout.
Further, the university failed to inform Tyndall’s patients of the accusations or his resignation. USC also failed to report him at the time to the Medical Board of California. The University did not report Tyndall’s action until March 9, 2018; after the LA Times began asking questions about the former gynecologist.
What are the Allegations Against George Tyndall?
The allegations against George Tyndall range from making inappropriate questions about a patient’s sexual encounters to inserting his fingers into a patient’s vagina prior to an exam.
Tyndall had a reputation in the dorms and sorority houses early on in his career at USC. A former resident advisor from 1991-1992 reports counseling young women on her floor about him. In most cases, she offered to accompany her residents’ appointments with him.
“We would specifically give his name to students and say if you are given an appointment with this doctor, we recommend you ask for a nurse practitioner,” said the alumna, who is now a lawyer in Los Angeles and spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Dr. Larry Neinstein, the late executive director of the clinic, received complaints about the former gynecologist’s behavior. But for unknown reasons, Neinstein failed to act on any of them. The university said that Neinstein handled patient complaints independently and was unclear how or why Tyndall was allowed to remain in his position.
The Carlson Law Firm Can Help Victims of George Tyndall
The University of Southern California failed to act on several complaints about George Tyndall’s behavior. We have a team of sexual abuse attorneys ready to help victims of sexual medical malpractice. Criminal courts hold perpetrators accountable to the state, however, through civil litigation, you can hold your abusers accountable.
Civil courts do not need to prove innocence or guilt in a sexual medical malpractice lawsuit. Instead, a civil court determines the liability of an offender or a third party in the damages or injuries sustained in the crime. Civil court findings liability usually result in an offender or negligible third-party paying a survivor monetary damages. A civil claim can help you with the financial resources you need to rebuild your life.
Contact our firm today to speak with a member of our legal team. We can help you navigate the legal obstacles that come along with holding an employee for their harm against you—or their employers for failure to properly supervise an employee.
- Written by Kazia Conway