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Accused UNC Doc to Stop Seeing Patients

Posted April 3, 2008

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— A part-time faculty member at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine accused of molested young boys in Boston decades ago has agreed to stop seeing patients, a UNC Health Care spokesman said.

Dr. Melvin Levine, an adjunct professor in UNC's Pediatrics Department and director of the Clinical Center for Development and Research, has been named in four lawsuits that allege he fondled seven boys over several years at Children's Hospital in Boston.

Levine was chief of pediatrics at Children's Hospital from 1971 to 1985 and specialized in children with developmental and educational difficulties. He also is a nationally known author of books on how children learn and has appeared on Oprah Winfrey's talk show.

Through his attorneys, he has denied the allegations. Both Children's Hospital and UNC Health Care issued statements saying they had never received any complaints about Levine from patients or their families.

Levine, 68, retired from full-time work at UNC in 2006 but continued to see patients twice a month. He offered to stop seeing patients because of the allegations against him, UNC Health Care spokesman Tom Hughes said.

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  • Dr. Dataclerk Apr 4, 2008

    Why did it take so long to find out he his a molester?

  • purplerado Apr 3, 2008

    "He offered to stop seeing patients"? Huh? Why on earth hasn't he already surrendered his medical license? It sounds like the evidence has been accumulating for a while, surely the NC Medical Board has already begun their investigation. The Medical Board spends too much time holding "kangaroo court" for doctors for whom there is no good reason to question their safety to practice and not enough time actually protecting the public from doctors about whom there are real, serious concerns about patient safety, like this case.

  • Mom2two Apr 3, 2008

    Apparently there have been past lawsuits against him over the last ten years (vs. just now coming to light)

    I am not surprised at all; even if I knew him. To know is not to truly know, not even in your own home. Although I am not immediately suspicious of anyone who works with children, neither am I ever shocked when molestation accusations come forth against someone who chooses a profession working with children. I once used a pediatrician (who still works in Raleigh and Garner) that I was very impressed with. Great bedside manner, friendly, etc. Later found out he had been stopped numerous times by several police agencies, trolling for male prostitutes in a car registered to the pediatric practice. Not rumor; fact. (talked with one of the officers that stopped him) Of course, we immediately changed practices. Nothing surprises me. Not pessimistic, just realistic.

  • workerbee Apr 3, 2008

    You never know when it comes to peoples sex habits. I know this Dr. from the times my son and I were at UNC. Very good Dr. I hope it's not true. It would be a real waste of talent to see this guy fall.

  • MadBiker Apr 3, 2008

    I wonder how "voluntarily" he agreed to stop seeing patients. Guilty until proven innocent.

  • anneonymousone Apr 3, 2008

    Hmmm... he's been on Oprah, written a slew of books, become a well-known authority on learning differences and only _now_ do the claims surface?

    I have a policy of believing those who report abuse, and I know that those who suffer abuse are often not able to name it as such for a good long while (personal experience speaking there), but in this case, I have my doubts.

  • whocares Apr 3, 2008

    Why has it taken decades for this to come to light. If neither Boston Children's or UNC have never heard any complaints from patients and their families, who is bringing these charges now.

  • tarheelalum Apr 3, 2008

    Assumed he was prevented from seeing patients as soon as the allegations surfaced!!!!!!!!!!