University of Southern California
In the early 1990s, Tyndall's chaperones in the examination room became unsettled by his frequent use of a camera during pelvic exams; Tyndall is believed to have photographed the genitals of up to 100 patients. Upon learning of this, then-Executive Director Dr. Lawrence Neinstein ordered the camera removed from the examination room.
Tyndall's aberrant behavior only intensified following the opening of USC's Engemann Student Health Center in 2013. Tyndall is believed to have preyed on the naïveté of young women who had never before visited a gynecologist, especially international students from China, so he employed unorthodox measures such as undertaking full nude body scans just to search for moles, performing pelvic exams with his own fingers instead of a speculum, and even asking to keep an IUD he had removed from a patient. Tyndall's behavior had profoundly alienated his female chaperones, leaving some in tears. Several students filed complaints, and many refused to be examined by him again.
As complaints against Tyndall piled up over the years, no serious action was taken against him until 2016 when Cindy Gilbert, a senior nurse, reported him to USC's rape crisis center. A few days later, Gilbert discovered photographs of patients' genitalia dating back to the early 1990s in Tyndall's office, after which Tyndall was banned from campus and suspended with pay. USC undertook a months-long investigation in 2016. The investigation found that Dr. Tyndall had violated the university’s policy on harassment by making repeated racially discriminatory and sexually inappropriate remarks during patient encounters. The investigation also concluded that Dr. Tyndall’s medical procedures were “outdated” but not criminal.
In January 2017, the university presented Tyndall with a letter stating that he had violated the university's policy on sexual harassment. In May of the same year, Ainsley Carry, USC's vice president of student affairs, informed Tyndall that he was slated for termination, but that if he agreed to resign instead, he would receive a severance package, the conclusion of the investigation would be changed to "no finding," and they wouldn't report him to the Medical Board of California. Tyndall resigned on June 30, 2017, and renewed his medical license in early 2018. USC has since come under fire for its handling of Tyndall's case and for not reporting him to the Medical Board or to law enforcement.
On May 25, 2018 USC President Max Nikias announced that he would step down under fire from faculty, alumni, students and Tyndall victims.
IF YOU ARE A VICTIM OF DR. TYNDALL
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