UCLA Doctors Sexual Abuse Investigations

12.10.2021

Girard Sharp’s Sexual Abuse & Women’s Advocacy lawyers are investigating potential claims on behalf of women who were treated by any of three UCLA physicians that were named in a Special Committee Report released by UCLA in 2020. Our investigation is focused on the following physicians: Dr. Steven Weinstein, Dr. Mark Weissman, and Dr. Edward Wiesmeier.

If you were a patient of any of these doctors and believe you may have been a victim of sexual assault while under their care, protect your rights by speaking with a Girard Sharp attorney at (866) 981-4800 or submitting your information below.

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MORE ABOUT THE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST UCLA DOCTORS WEINSTEIN, WEISSMAN, AND WIESMEIER

Documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times show the university in 2020 conducted a Title IX investigation relating to Weinstein, Weissman, and Wiesmeier. A Special Committee Report released by UCLA in 2020 named these doctors as three of five physicians whom the committee was investigating for sexual misconduct and abuse.

Dr. Weinstein was a surgeon at UCLA’s Northridge Clinic’s Department of General Surgery from November 1, 2015 through June 6, 2017. The UCLA report states: “The Committee reviewed a patient complaint against Dr. Weinstein from before his UCLA employment.  It also examined two complaints—a 2016 patient complaint and a 2016 employee complaint—made while Dr. Weinstein was employed by UCLA.  In general, these complaints alleged Dr. Weinstein: insisted that pre-operative breast, pelvic, and rectal exams were required; performed unnecessary breast exams; stared at a patient’s breasts; and made unwelcome physical contact.”

Dr. Weissman was employed at Toluca Lake Health Center, a UCLA-owned clinic, from 2014 to 2018. The UCLA report states: “The Committee reviewed a series of complaints against Dr. Weissman from his pre-UCLA employment and examined several patient complaints made in 2018 during his UCLA employment.  In general, these complaints alleged that Dr. Weissman engaged in the following conduct during sensitive examinations:  unnecessary touching of the clitoris; prolonged pelvic exams including repeated movement of his fingers in and out of the vagina; and prolonged breast exams including cupping or groping the patient’s breast.”

Dr. Edward Wiesmeier worked at UCLA from 1974 to 2007. The UCLA report states: “Several current and former Ashe Center employees who worked with Dr. Wiesmeier informed the Committee that Dr. Wiesmeier engaged in the following conduct during exams: ignoring patients’ requests that he not perform certain sensitive exams on a few occasions; appearing to become sexually aroused during exams on a few occasions; and consistently performing non-standard sensitive exams, including unnecessary and repeated touching of the vagina and clitoris.”

UCLA Health has reportedly failed to prevent sexual misconduct and provide adequate training on campus to handle reports of sexual misconduct or abuse.

The California Legislature on September 29, 2020 passed a law that suspended the statute of limitations for survivors of campus sexual assault so that they may pursue claims up until December 31, 2021, regardless of when the underlying misconduct occurred. (Code of Civil Procedure section 340.16(d)(1).)

COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE AND VICTIM ADVOCACY

Girard Sharp has substantial experience in class action and other complex litigation on behalf of sexual abuse survivors. Our Sexual Abuse and Women’s Advocacy attorneys have a track record of successfully taking on some of the world’s largest corporations and institutions on these issues. We served as co-lead counsel in a class action against the University of Southern California and campus gynecologist George Tyndall M.D., on behalf of women who were sexually abused by Tyndall during his long tenure at USC. A federal judge approved a class action settlement with USC and the claims process has now concluded, with universal praise from class members for the compassionate and generous approach to making victims whole. The settlement requires USC to adopt and implement procedures for identification, prevention and reporting of sexual and racial misconduct, as well as recognize the harm done to all of Tyndall’s patients. The settlement establishes a $215 million fund and gives every survivor a choice in how to participate.

Our lawyers also filed a class action lawsuit against UCLA on behalf of women treated by UCLA gynecologist Dr. James Heaps, another doctor whose conduct is discussed in UCLA’s 2020 report quoted above. Heaps was charged with sexual battery and exploitation of patients while working as a staff gynecologist at UCLA—a position he held for almost thirty years. The UC Regents agreed to resolve the claims for $73,000,000, plus injunctive relief measures, and the District Court granted final approval of that settlement.

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