Former USC gynecologist George Tyndall, who was accused of sexually abusing hundreds of female patients, surrendered his medical license, the Medical Board of California announced Monday.
According to documents published on the Board’s website, an interim suspension against Tyndall was ordered on Aug. 27, 2018, preventing Tyndall from practicing medicine until a conclusion regarding the five complaints alleging sexual misconduct was reached. The news surfaced this week following a hearing regarding the complaints, but the surrender took effect last week.
Although more than 380 women have reported misconduct against Tyndall and 29 felony charges have been filed, the Medical Board proceedings is only in reference to the five specific complaints filed with the board, not the totality of accusations against him.
A spokesperson for the Medical Board of California assured that outside litigation and lawsuits do not affect the Medical Board’s decision and the jurisdiction for the Board only applies to the medical license itself.
According to Peter Osinoff, the attorney representing Tyndall, Tyndall agreed last year to the suspension of his license until the Board’s disciplinary action was resolved. Tyndall’s legal team also requested the Board wait until his criminal case concluded before taking disciplinary action, but was denied.
“During the pendency of the criminal case, he cannot present an adequate defense in the Board case, without waiving his Fifth Amendment rights. So, he decided to devote his energy and resources to the defense of his criminal case, which is much more important for him,” said Osinoff in a statement to Annenberg Media.
John Manly, an attorney representing many of Tyndall’s alleged victims, questioned whether members of the USC Board of Trustees care about the women who’ve allegedly been molested, as the report on the investigation into Tyndall that Rick Caruso, chairman of the Board, promised to make public last June still remains private.
“It’s good news he can’t practice but this should’ve happened 30 years ago when USC was first aware this was happening,” said Manly. “What USC really needs in order to return to the great university it once was is a dose of transparency.”
Annenberg Media has reached out to USC for comment, but they did not respond in time for publication.
Correction: A previous version of this story said Tyndall surrendered his medical license on Monday. However, the surrender actually took effect last week and was announced by the Medical Board of California on Monday.