Chapel Hill, N.C. — A part-time faculty member at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine – accused of molesting young boys in Boston decades ago – has requested that his medical license be placed on "inactive" status.
A posting on the North Carolina Medical Board's Web site showed that Dr. Melvin Levine requested that the "inactive" status be effective today.
In the letter, he agrees that he "shall not practice medicine or surgery, diagnose, treat, or prescribe in North Carolina while my license is inactive." He signed the document today.
Levine, 68, has agreed to stop seeing patients, a UNC Health Care spokesman said Thursday.
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.
He 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, Levine has denied the allegations. Both Children's Hospital and UNC Health Care issued statements saying they had never received any complaints about him from patients or their families.
Levine 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.