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New suit extends accusations against former UNC pediatrician

Posted March 29, 2011

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— Former patients of an Orange County pediatrician filed suit Monday in Massachusetts adding to allegations of abuse.

Dr. Mel Levine was nationally known for his work on developmental and learning issues, his nonprofit All Kinds of Minds. He was an adjunct professor in the University of North Carolina Pediatrics Department and director of the Clinical Center for Development and Research, and was chief of pediatrics at Children's Hospital in Boston from 1971 to 1985.

He was found dead in his Rougemont home Feb. 18. He was 71. His wife called Orange County deputies after finding a suicide note.

The first complaints about Levine surfaced in 2008, when former patients in Boston filed suit alleging he had fondled them during unnecessary genital exams. Levine, through his attorney, denied the accusations but asked that his medical license be put on 'inactive' status and agreed to discontinue seeing patients.

Since his death, additional patients have come forward. The suit filed Monday charges Children's Hospital in Boston with negligence and alleges leaders there knew Levine was acting outside the bounds of medical care and failed to discipline or report him.

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  • corey3rd Mar 29, 2011

    suicide? anyone check to see if his heirs helped since the victims can't sue the estate. Sounds like a great plan to save the money once the old man is useless

  • Whosays Mar 29, 2011

    ritamccoy, AMEN TO THAT SISTER!

  • Whosays Mar 29, 2011

    kellypratz, thank you! I would not leave my child alone with a doctor either!!!

  • Roland K. Mar 29, 2011

    lawyers.......following the money. there was no conspiracy, the hospital had no idea, the doctor was a lone perpetrator. I don't know if anything I said is factual, but it's quite likely that lawyers are cajoling people to come forward for promises of big payout. The doctor is dead. This case is sad all around.

  • paulawindley Mar 29, 2011

    So, it sounds like they are going after the Hospital now... this people want money...

  • kellypratz Mar 29, 2011

    I have always been present for my daughter's doctor appointments either it be sick appt or their physical. I would think it would be common among all doctors for young children to have the parent there and if ever asked for the parent not to be, I would question that.

  • LuvLivingInCary Mar 29, 2011

    follow the money...for god's sake the man is dead and so should all the cases..

  • garnertoy Mar 29, 2011

    Thats alot of kids wonder how many that hasnt come forward.

  • ritamccoy Mar 29, 2011

    He would not fondle my child because I always stayed in the room with my child during exams. And if I thought he did something unappropriate, he would not be physically able to fondle another child.