UPDATE: A new law in California gives women until the end of 2020 to file independent sex abuse lawsuits against USC’s former gynecologist George Tyndall. Click here to read more.
May 16, 2018 — Dr. George Tyndall, a former gynecologist at the University of Southern California (USC) student health center, is under investigation for sexually abusing his patients through improper pelvic exams.
The complaints began in the 1990s, when co-workers accused Tyndall of improperly photographing students’ genitals.
Over the next few decades, co-workers complained about Tyndall routinely inserting his fingers into patients during pelvic exams, talking about sexual intercourse while his fingers were inside patients, moving his fingers in and out, making racist remarks, asking women to lie naked on the exam table to slowly inspect every part of their body for moles, and “creepy” and “disturbing” conduct toward young patients.
In recent years, some co-workers accused him of targeting USC’s growing population of Chinese students, who often had a limited understanding of the English language and American medical norms.
Tyndall was not suspended until 2016, when a frustrated nurse reported Tyndall to the campus rape crisis center after her supervisors ignored her complaints. The nurse, Cindy Gilbert, resigned from USC and accuses the university of retaliating against her for speaking out.
USC determined that Tyndall sexually harassed students during pelvic exams, but in a secret deal last summer, Tyndall was allowed to resign quietly with a financial payout. USC never informed his patients.
USC also never reported him to the Medical Board of California, which could have triggered an investigation that would suspend his license. Tyndall renewed his California medical license in January 2018.
USC said it belatedly complained to the medical board on March 9.
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