The attorneys at Levy Konigsberg, known for representing thousands of children in the Flint and NYCHA lead poisoning crises, recently filed a class action lawsuit against Rockefeller University Hospital for its role in the sexual abuse of pediatric patients and re-traumatization of abuse survivors.
For over 40 years, Rockefeller University Hospital allowed Dr. Reginald Archibald to molest children under the guise of medical treatment.
Archibald was a pediatric specialist of growth and maturation who served on Rockefeller’s faculty from the 1940s through the 1980s. During this time, Archibald used his position to sexually abuse an unknown number of the approximately 9,000 children under his care. Victims have reported that they were physically assaulted by Archibald and coerced into posing for pornographic photographs that subsequently disappeared from their medical files.
The abuse took place on Rockefeller University grounds, using Rockefeller University equipment, and under the auspices of Rockefeller University’s prominent medical research program. It’s unclear how much the hospital knew about the abuse, or how far back in time that knowledge goes. So far, investigators have turned up allegations dating back to the 1990s, and Rockefeller University admits it has known about the abuse since 2004 at the latest. A number of victims have reported that they filed complaints with Rockefeller, but that the hospital simply declined to investigate.
Despite knowing about Archibald’s abusive conduct since at least 2004, and likely much earlier, Rockefeller University waited until 2018 to contact possible victims. It did so via a targeted mass mailing to Archibald’s former patients. Many victims were unprepared for shock of receiving—out of the blue and in the form of an unsolicited communication from the very entity that facilitated their abuse—a reminder of devastating betrayal at the hands of a trusted doctor and institution.
Rockefeller University failed its victims at every step of the way—by turning a blind eye to Archibald’s predation, ignoring and burying allegations, prioritizing its own reputation over the safety and well-being of current and former patients, and finally re-traumatizing victims through a belated, self-serving, and invasive mass notification.
Our sexual abuse lawsuit against Rockefeller University includes individual allegations by our lead plaintiff and class allegations on behalf of all of Dr. Archibald’s former patients who received, and were re-traumatized by, the recent targeted mailing. Our complaint alleges that Rockefeller University Hospital’s unsolicited communication intruded upon the seclusion of adult survivors of childhood abuse and intentionally and negligently inflicted emotional distress on a vulnerable class of individuals.
If you were abused by Reginald Archibald and Rockefeller University Hospital, please contact us today for a free case consultation. We can be reached at 1-800-988-8005 or through the form on this page.