The appointment took place 25 years ago, but Dr. Dana Loewy, a 58-year-old freelance author, still vividly remembers being treated by Dr. George Tyndall at the University of Southern California. University officials admit they were notified of Tyndall’s behavior as far back as 2000.
USC employees were repeatedly warned about Tyndall’s misconduct
Considering Tyndall didn’t seem particularly concerned about covering up his behavior – and it went on for more than a quarter of a century – it’s hard to treat his villainy as a case of a lone bad actor. The university admits that there were eight formal complaints filed against Tyndall between 2000 to 2014, some for racist and insulting comments towards African Americans and Latinos, and others about sexual misconduct towards patients.
“Several of the complaints were concerning enough that it is not clear today why the former health center director permitted Tyndall to remain in his position,” the university said in a summary of its investigation into the matter, which was published in response to the LA Times investigation.
But even before 2000, victims recall telling officials at the medical center that they had concerns about Tyndall.
Loewy told ThinkProgress that back in 1993, after her disturbing appointment with Tyndall, she arranged to see another doctor at the clinic.
In 2016 – after being repeatedly frustrated by supervisors and officials in the medical center ignoring concerns about Tyndall’s behavior from patients, chaperones, and nurses – veteran nurse Cindy Gilbert went to USC’s rape crisis center to report Tyndall. USC did not report Tyndall to the medical board, or to the police.