The charges against UCLA gynecologist Dr. James Mason Heaps made headlines Monday after he surrendered to law enforcement; he later pleaded not guilty in a Los Angeles courtroom.
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The first complaints about Heaps were filed in 2017; a year later, the univerisity placed him on leave. Officials gave no reason for Mason’s departure until this week, according to the Los Angeles Times. That decision is now under review by UCLA staff.
“We are deeply sorry for this,” said UCLA Health spokeswoman Rhonda Curry. “We know we could have done better. We want and need to hear from other possible patients.”
News of Heaps’ arrest and pending charges follow a massive scandal at another prestigous Los Angeles university, USC, where former on-campus gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall has been slapped with more than 200 sexual assault lawsuits filed by former patients claiming abuse over the course of his 3-decade career at the institution. Tyndall has categorically denied all the allegations, and the investigation is ongoing.
UCLA Chancellor Gene D. Block and Vice Chancellor John Mazziotta apologized Monday in a joint statement, vowing to review how sexual assault complaints against staff are handled in the future.
“Sexual abuse in any form is unacceptable and represents an inexcusable breach of the physician-patient relationship,” the chancellors said. “We are deeply sorry that a former UCLA physician violated our policies and standards, our trust and the trust of his patients.”
Heaps worked part-time at the UCLA student health center from approximately 1983 to 2010, and then was re-hired by the university in 2014, where he held medical staff privileges at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center until 2018, officials said.
UCLA launched an internal investigation in 2017 after receiving a patient complaint regarding inappropriate comments and medically unnecessary touching. The probe uncovered at least 2 other complaints about Heaps filed by student patients, one in 2014 and another in 2015. Neither of those complaints is included in the current criminal case.
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