Accused UNC Doc to Stop Seeing Patients
Posted April 3, 2008 11:00 a.m. EDT
Chapel Hill, N.C. — 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.