April 16, 2021 — Ted W. Grace, MD, a physician implicated within the Ohio State College intercourse abuse scandal courting again many years, has surrendered his license to apply medication and surgical procedure within the state of Ohio, based on the State Medical Board.
The give up is everlasting, says Joel Whetstone, a spokesperson for the medical board. The executive listening to for Grace, which had been scheduled for April 20-23, is canceled, he says.
Grace, who had been serving as director of scholar well being providers at Southern Illinois College in Carbondale, has resigned from that publish, with a alternative named earlier this week, the Southern Illinoisan reported Thursday. Grace resigned March 12, a college spokesperson says.
“That is the primary one that has been held accountable on this mess,” says Stephen Snyder-Hill, certainly one of quite a few college students who complained that Richard Strauss, MD, a former workforce physician and well being middle doctor on the college, inappropriately examined and touched him. Grace supervised Strauss. Snyder-Hill complained in 1995; when he demanded a gathering and bought one, his complaints had been brushed apart, he says.
In mid-March, a working group charged by Gov. Mike DeWine with reviewing the state medical board’s dealing with of the investigation involving Strauss issued its ultimate report. In consequence, the board reopened 91 circumstances involving sexual impropriety that had been closed. It additionally advisable one other 42 circumstances be reopened for failure to report, together with an investigation towards Grace.
The Medical Board famous that in Grace’s tenure as director of scholar well being providers at OSU, Grace was conscious of the widespread rumors that Strauss had been inappropriately touching college students. The board additionally stated that Grace was conscious of at the very least three separate complaints towards Strauss, together with Snyder-Hill’s. Whereas the board says Grace gave Strauss a verbal warning, it notes that he didn’t report the occasions to the state medical board. Grace additionally despatched a letter to the second scholar who complained, falsely saying no complaints about Strauss had beforehand been reported. After a 3rd criticism, Grace suspended Strauss from seeing college students on the well being middle, however didn’t report back to the medical board, the correspondence states. Strauss died by suicide in 2005.
OSU had launched an unbiased investigation in 2018, and in Might 2019, reported that at the very least 177 former college students had been abused by Strauss when he labored on campus from 1978 to 1998 and that college personnel failed to research or take acceptable motion.
Snyder-Hill, an outspoken advocate of LGBTQ rights, writer, retired Military main, and dietitian in Columbus, was supervising COVID-19 vaccinations as a public well being employee when his lawyer known as to inform him the information. Whereas the license give up is sweet information, and a ”monumental step on this course of,” Snyder-Hill says extra must be performed. “I’m not going to cease. I’m going to maintain escalating this. My focus is strictly what the governor of the state of Ohio stated, that any medical skilled who did not report [impropriety] to be held accountable.”
Snyder-Hill says his focus now strikes to a psychologist who was within the long-ago assembly, when he was advised he was ”confused and mistaken” about being abused.
Whereas the state medical board in Ohio makes selections concerning a physician’s Ohio license, it doesn’t have authority over their license in one other state. On Friday, the state of Illinois license web site listed Grace’s license as lively, with no disciplinary motion.