BOSTON – I-Staff sources inform WBZ greater than a dozen feminine sufferers of Dr. Derrick Todd have reported allegations of sexual assault and inappropriate touching throughout medical appointments.
Todd was fired from Brigham and Girls’s in July following an inner investigation after two different medical doctors reported issues about his interactions with sufferers.
Based on a report filed by Brigham and Girls’s to the Division of Public Well being obtained by WBZ, as soon as Brigham established a name line for any former sufferers of Dr. Todd’s, 20 former sufferers got here ahead with complaints.
These complaints included “…sufferers who expressed issues with breast examinations they underwent…and issues concerning repeated pelvic examinations,” in line with the report.
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Legal professional Drew Meyer represents six girls who’re former sufferers of Dr. Todd’s, however say his cellphone continues to be ringing with extra. “All of them say the identical factor,” he informed WBZ, claiming Todd “satisfied them that he ought to be their inner medication physician. He satisfied them that he ought to do their gynecological examinations and he did for some vaginal examinations for nearly all breast examinations.”
One affected person was 18 when the alleged abuse occurred.
Dr. Todd labored at Brigham and Girls’s Faulkner Hospital for 14 years earlier than he was fired in July. In a press release to WBZ, his legal professional Ingrid Martin stated, “Dr. Todd has not seen the allegations in any lawsuit filed in opposition to him. Over the course of his profession he has been an excellent rheumatologist and internist. To the extent that anybody is bringing claims in opposition to him, Dr. Todd believes that he has carried out nothing incorrect and can defend in opposition to such claims vigorously. We’re cooperating absolutely with any investigation by the Board of Registration in Drugs.”
Brigham and Girls’s issued an apology to its sufferers, saying it’s specializing in affected person wellness with the “hope of finally restoring their belief in well being care.”
Brigham’s inner investigation, reporting by medical doctors, and supreme firing of Dr. Todd is an instance of how medical evaluations ought to work, in line with Biomedical Ethics Skilled Dr. Alyssa Burgart of Stanford. “This can be a nice instance that Brigham did the investigation, did not gaslight the individuals who reported what had occurred, and finally had been in a position to uncover what will need to have been important data, contemplating the truth that he has been fired,” Burgart stated. “That may be a very uncommon final result in these instances.”
Burgart additionally recommended the medical doctors who first reported Dr. Todd’s alleged habits. “As physicians we’re alleged to self-regulate and so this can be a nice instance of physicians saying, ‘wow, we’re noticing actions or behaviors that do not make sense. This wants consideration,'” Burgart stated.
Legal professional Drew Meyer says he’ll be submitting a minimum of six medical malpractice lawsuits within the coming days on behalf of his shoppers. “Our aim shouldn’t be solely to get compensation for the victims who’ve suffered, but in addition to try to make clear the issue so these medical doctors may be stopped, they usually will not hurt different sufferers,” he stated.
One other medical malpractice declare was filed in opposition to Dr. Todd and Brigham and Girls’s, in addition to Charles River Medical Associates in Framingham the place Todd generally labored, on September 29. There’s a listening to on the case on October 17.