State Senator Jerry Hill Holds Hearing on the Reporting of Sexual Misconduct Complaints in the Medical Profession

June 15, 2018

UPDATE, June 19, 2018 -- Archived video of this committee hearing can be viewed at:
http://calchannel.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=7&clip_id=5613

News Advisory – Office of State Senator Jerry Hill – Hearing in State Capitol June 18, 2018

State Senator Jerry Hill Holds Hearing on the Reporting of Sexual Misconduct Complaints in the Medical Profession

Hearing Prompted by USC Scandal Begins 10 a.m. Monday in State Capitol

SACRAMENTO – State Senator Jerry Hill holds a hearing in the Capitol Monday to examine sexual misconduct reporting in the medical profession and what happens when health care facilities receive complaints of sexual misconduct and other allegations of serious professional wrongdoing by doctors.

Senator Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, is convening the hearing as chair of the Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development in response to a news investigation that revealed the University of Southern California allowed a second prominent doctor who had been the subject of misconduct complaints for years to quietly part ways with the university – without notifying the appropriate authorities.

WHAT: “Sexual Misconduct Reporting in the Medical Profession: Missed Opportunities to Protect Patients” – Hearing by the Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development

WHEN: 10 a.m. Monday, June 18, 2018

WHERE: Committee Room 3191, Third Floor, State Capitol, Sacramento

Witnesses invited to testify at the hearing include:

  • Lowell Brown, Partner, Arent Fox LLP; provides overview of mandated health practitioner discipline and reporting by health facilities
  • Kimberly Kirchmeyer, Executive Director, Medical Board of California
  • T. Scott Vivona, Assistant Deputy Director, Center for Health Care Quality, California
  • Keith W. Carlson, Partner, Carlson & Jayakumar LLP, Counsel for the University of Southern California

BACKGROUND:

In May, a news investigation by the Los Angeles Times disclosed complaints of alleged sexual misconduct involving USC’s former gynecologist, who worked at the university for almost 30 years before resigning in 2017. It was the second time in less than a year that the news organization uncovered long-standing complaints of alleged wrongdoing by a prominent USC doctor. The earlier case involved alleged drug and alcohol abuse and other professional misconduct by the former dean of the university’s medical school during his tenure; he resigned in 2016. Neither case was reported to the Medical Board of California, which licenses doctors and physicians and enforces the business and profession laws pertaining to the field, when complaints about the doctors initially surfaced.

In addition to looking at what health facilities are required to do, and what typically is done, when receiving complaints of sexual or other serious professional misconduct by doctors, the hearing panel will explore what can be done to ensure that the appropriate authorities are alerted in a timely manner of potential patient and public safety risks.

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Media Contact: Leslie Guevarra, 415-298-3404, leslie.guevarra@sen.ca.gov