Lawsuit Alleges Former Boston Rheumatologist Abused Over 200 Patients

A consolidated lawsuit has been filed against former rheumatologist Dr. Derrick Todd, accusing him of sexually abusing over 200 patients, including several men, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. The lawsuit alleges that Todd performed unnecessary pelvic floor therapy, breast examinations, testicular examinations, and rectal examinations on his patients. The abuse is said to have started in 2010.

Kristin Fritz, one of the victims, shared her experience of being aggressively groped by Todd during a visit to the hospital over a decade ago. She expressed her feelings of violation and regret for not speaking up sooner. Fritz is among the many plaintiffs seeking justice in Massachusetts’ Suffolk Superior Court.

The lawsuit also implicates several other defendants, including Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital and Charles River Medical Associates, accusing them of being aware of the abuse and failing to intervene. Attorney William Thompson, representing most of the victims, expressed shock at the number of people who trusted Todd and had their trust violated for his personal gratification. Thompson also questioned how the abuse could have gone unnoticed for so long within the hospital and medical practice group.

Dr. Todd’s lawyer, Anthony Abeln, stated that his client would not litigate the matter in the media but would defend his care as the case progresses through the Massachusetts Superior Court system.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital launched an internal investigation in April 2023 after receiving two anonymous complaints about Todd. He was subsequently placed on administrative leave and terminated in July. The hospital reported the allegations to the Department of Public Health, the state Board of Registration in Medicine, law enforcement, and Todd’s current and former patients. In September, Todd voluntarily agreed to stop practicing medicine nationwide as part of an agreement with the Board of Registration in Medicine.

No criminal charges have been filed against Todd at this time, although law enforcement has interviewed several former patients. The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, which investigated Todd last year, declined to comment on the case.

Both Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Charles River Medical Associates expressed deep concern over the allegations and emphasized their commitment to patient safety. Charles River Medical Associates stated that it had not been made aware of any complaints regarding Todd’s conduct and reached out to patients to address their concerns.

The victims in the lawsuit range in age from teenagers to women in their 60s. The lawsuit alleges that Todd would gain their trust, extend his role beyond treating rheumatic diseases, and subject them to invasive and unnecessary examinations. One victim, a 33-year-old Massachusetts woman, described how Todd became her primary doctor and gynecologist, with the abuse escalating during her visits, including repeated vaginal exams. She reported Todd’s behavior to the medical board after discussing it with her gynecologist.

While the victims seek justice, they acknowledge the lasting impact of the abuse on their lives. The weight of the experience has been lifted for some since Todd’s medical practice was halted, but many continue to struggle with the aftermath.

Author: CrimeDoor

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