Another Maryland OB GYN doctor's rendition of "The Vagina Monologues" leads to lawsuit
As more than 100 patients pursue a lawsuit against an alleged fake OB GYN doctor at Prince George's Hospital, in Maryland, there's an uncanny similarity between that case and another in which patients also encountered a doctor holding unsuspecting casting calls for a rendition of "The Vagina Monologues."
After using false identities for decades, federal authorities nabbed a man who obtained a fake Social Security number for his medical license to practice obstetrics and gynecology in Maryland, according to The Root at https://www.theroot.com/pg-county-hospital-being-sued-after-obgyn-found-to-be-l-1821710288, citing a Washington Post report published on Jan. 1.
The Washington Post reported that the man known as "Dr. Akoda" was really Oluwafemi Charles Igberase whose history included using stolen Social Security numbers to further his medical career, obtaining professional certifications for about 25 years until he was removed from the hospital.
The impostor doctor was indicted by federal authorities and plead guilty in November of 2016 to fraud charges including using four different Social Security numbers under three separate names to apply for medical certifications, federal education loans for his children and his license to practice medicine, the report stated. Not only did Igberase reportedly forge or alter his medical diploma, transcripts and letters of recommendation, but he also had a false passport, visa, birth certificate and immigration documents.
In a prepared statement, the PG County hospital noted that "several highly reliable agencies validated his credentials including the states in which he held medical licenses." The hospital's attorneys maintain that despite the fake name used, the man who practiced medicine was licensed to perform in the state of Maryland.
Years ago, another Maryland doctor, Nikita A. Levy, 54, who practiced at Johns Hopkins, was also fired as a gynecologist for illegally taking pictures of patients' private areas for personal purposes, as reported by The Washington Post at https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/johns-hopkins-doctor-found-dead-amid-claims-he-secretly-taped-patients/2013/02/19/10dd022a-7aa0-11e2-a044-676856536b40_story.html?utm_term=.04701c059fc4.
Levy practiced gynecology and obstetrics at the East Baltimore Medical Center 's community clinic, near the main hospital campus, before he was fired from Hopkins as a physician of more than two decades; after it was revealed that he took images of patients with personal photo and video equipment. While investigations were underway about him photographing and videotaping patients, Levy was said to have committed suicide on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, at his Towson, Md. home where Baltimore County police responded.
In less than a five-year span, two OB GYN doctors at two different Maryland hospitals betrayed the trust of their patients, leaving the hospitals responsible for providing answers to those affected.