What to Know
- Dr. George Tyndall has been accused by hundreds of former patients of inappropriate sexual behavior.
- The temporary suspension will remain in place until the board makes a final decision about his future as a doctor.
- Tyndall and USC have been sued by hundreds of alleged victims, many of whom claim they were inappropriately fondled or photographed.
Ex-USC student health center gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall, who has been accused by hundreds of former patients of inappropriate sexual behavior during exams, has agreed to temporarily surrender his medical license while state regulators review his case.
According to an agreement dated Monday between Tyndall and the Medical Board of California, Tyndall agreed to the temporary suspension, which will remain in place until the board makes a final decision about his future as a doctor.
Tyndall "willingly enters into this stipulation with full understanding that he will not be permitted to practice medicine while this order is in effect," according to the agreement, which was posted on the Medical Board's website and first reported by the Los Angeles Times.
The suspension will "remain in place while an accusation has been filed and until the effective date of the final decision of the Medical Board of California," according to the document.
Tyndall and USC have been sued by hundreds of alleged victims, many of whom claim they were inappropriately fondled or photographed by Tyndall under the guise of gynecological exams. Many have also accused him of making sexually charged comments during the exams.
Alleged victims have contended that the university received numerous complaints of Tyndall's alleged sexually abusive behavior, dating back to at least 1988, and actively and deliberately concealed Tyndall's actions.
Attorneys for some victims have argued that following an internal investigation of complaints against Tyndall in 2016, the university paid Tyndall a substantial financial settlement so he would quietly resign.
USC officials have denied any coverup, and Tyndall has denied any wrongdoing. In an open letter to faculty and staff in May, USC Provost Michael Quick said top administrators did not know about the complaints until 2016.
"It is true that our system failed, but it is important that you know that this claim of a cover-up is patently false," Quick wrote. "We would never knowingly put students in harm's way." USC established a hotline for complaints about Tyndall and has offered free counseling to his former patients.