Victims of Dr. Reginald Archibald

Dr. Reginald Archibald, who was a widely-known pediatric endocrinologist researcher employed by Rockefeller University Hospital from the 1940s to the 1980s, engaged in improper conduct during examinations of his child patients. Like Dr. Larry Nasser, Dr. Archibald manipulated children’s genitals for sexual arousal. Dr. Archibald reportedly often instructed his young patients to masturbate as a standard part of his medical examination “protocol.” He masturbated some boy patients including some who were too young to achieve erections on their own. He inserted his un-gloved fingers into girl patients. And he photographed with a Polaroid camera the genitals and naked bodies of many children.

Press Conference October 19, 2018

Marsh Law Firm has been retained by many victims of Dr. Archibald and we are currently investigating these and other disturbing incidents of child sex abuse. Please remember that you are not alone, there is strength in numbers, and Dr. Archibald’s victims and survivors demand and deserve answers and accountability.

On October 18, 2018, the New York Times published the following story about the scandal, A Wave of Child Sexual Abuse Accusations Against a Doctor, and Hospital Says It Knew.

Although Dr. Archibald died in 2007, he was subject to a secret investigation by the Rockefeller University Hospital in 2004. The Hospital also received at least two complaints about Dr. Archibald in the 1990s. We have demanded that Rockefeller University promptly release all prior investigatory reports and patient complaints concerning Dr. Reginald Archibald.

Demand to Release All Reports

The University has retained the corporate law firm Debevoise & Plimpton LLP to investigate and communicate with Dr. Archibald’s victims.

This letter, which was sent to Dr. Archibald’s victims on October 5, 2018, is incomplete and disingenuous because it does not include Rockefeller University’s public statement on the scandal (reproduced below). Rockefeller University’s lack of transparency is a repeat of the original deception experienced by Dr. Archibald’s child patients which involved vague medical experiments and child sex abuse under the guise of medical treatment and assessment. There was no informed consent, no disclosure to patients, no accountability to parents (who were excluded from the examination room), and little or no supervision by Rockefeller University. Like Dr. Larry Nassar, Dr. Archibald was beyond reproach, question, or scrutiny. Nothing in Rockefeller University’s so-called “outreach” to victims provides any information and instead funnels people who are traumatized and confused after receiving the letter to RockU’s lawyers who are conducting a self-serving investigation of the victims themselves.

Rockefeller University Hospital Letter to Dr. Reginald Archibald's Victims

Here is Rockefeller University Hospital’s public statement, released on their website:

Statement regarding Dr. Reginald Archibald
from the Rockefeller University Hospital

We have come to learn that Dr. Reginald Archibald, who retired from the Rockefeller University Hospital in 1982, engaged in certain inappropriate conduct during patient examinations. The Hospital and University deeply regret pain and suffering caused to any of Dr. Archibald’s former patients. Dr. Archibald began working at The Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research (later, The Rockefeller University) as a visiting investigator in 1940, and at the Hospital as an assistant resident physician from 1941‐1946. He later returned as a Hospital senior physician and University professor from 1948‐1980, with medical staff privileges at the Hospital until 1982. He became professor emeritus in 1980 and senior physician emeritus in 1987. He passed away in 2007. Dr. Archibald studied childhood growth and maturation, focusing on children of short stature.
 
In 2004, The Rockefeller University Hospital was informed of a report by a former patient related to the propriety of certain of Dr. Archibald’s conduct during physical examinations. The University notified the federal Office of Human Research Protections, the New York State Office of Professional Medical Conduct, and the Manhattan District Attorney. In addition, the University retained legal counsel Debevoise & Plimpton LLP to investigate. Following its review of then‐available information, including from interviews with former patients, faculty, administrators, and staff, and two prior reports made in the 1990s that were located, Debevoise found certain allegations credible and determined that it was likely that some of Dr. Archibald’s behavior towards this patient was inappropriate. A policy relating to the further protection of pediatric patients was added to the Hospital’s then‐existing safeguards and processes designed to protect patients.
 
Earlier this year, another former patient of Dr. Archibald’s, who had not been identified in the 2004 investigation, came forward to make a similar report. In response, the University again reported the matter to appropriate state and federal authorities and re‐engaged Debevoise to investigate further. The 2018 investigation benefited from additional information that was not available in 2004, including information from several former patients who came forward. Based on its investigation, the law firm concluded that some of Dr. Archibald’s behaviors involving these patients were inappropriate.
 
In response to these findings, Dr. Archibald’s emeritus status at the Hospital and University have been rescinded and references to him have been removed from the Hospital and University webpages.
 
The Hospital is now reaching out individually to Dr. Archibald’s former patients, so they can share their experiences or any concerns. Due to the passage of time, though, the Hospital has encountered difficulties in locating all of Dr. Archibald’s former patients. Patients with information they would like to share regarding their interactions with Dr. Archibald should contact Helen Cantwell, of Debevoise at: (212) 909‐6312 or hcantwell@debevoise.com.


PLEASE BE ADVISED that Dr. Archibald’s victims have reported to us that representatives of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP are asking them to sign documents and other papers.

It is important for victims to understand that neither Debevoise & Plimpton LLP nor any attorney acting on behalf of Rockefeller University Hospital are disinterested parties.

Rule 4.3 of the New York Rules of Professional Conduct clearly states that “In communicating on behalf of a client with a person who is not represented by counsel, a lawyer shall not state or imply that the lawyer is disinterested. When the lawyer knows or reasonably should know that the unrepresented person misunderstands the lawyer’s role in the matter, the lawyer shall make reasonable efforts to correct the misunderstanding. The lawyer shall not give legal advice to an unrepresented person other than the advice to secure counsel if the lawyer knows or reasonably should know that the interests of such person are or have a reasonable possibility of being in conflict with the interests of the client.” In order to avoid a misunderstanding, “a lawyer will typically need to identify the lawyer’s client and, where necessary, explain that the client has interests opposed to those of the unrepresented person.”

No one representing Rockefeller University Hospital should be giving any legal advice about the statute of limitations, the New York Child Victim’s Act, any potential causes of action, or the settlement of any potential claims.

Unrepresented victims of Dr. Reginald Archibald and Rockefeller University Hospital are urged to proceed with caution.

As a victim of childhood sexual abuse, you have the right to consult with an attorney before agreeing to any outcome or signing any papers as suggested by the Rockefeller University or anyone else. Victims and survivors of Dr. Reginald Archibald need answers to the many questions posed by the 2004 investigation, how Dr. Archibald responded to the accusations before his death, and whether child pornography images, masquerading as medical records, exist now or may have existed in the past.

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