Fallout continues for Boston doctor accused of sexual harassment: report

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A Boston doctor forced to resign from a community health center also left his position at two prominent institutions following allegations of sexual harassment.

Already forced to resign from a Boston health center over allegations of sexual harassment and bullying, a Boston doctor has stepped down from positions at two prominent institutions.

Harvey J. Makadon, who was forced to leave the Fenway Community Health Center after allegations were made that he sexually harassed and bullied co-workers, has resigned from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and stepped down as a member of the faculty at Harvard Medical School, according to The Boston Globe.

Makadon, 70, resigned from both positions on Dec. 8, the same day the newspaper published a story about the allegations against him at Fenway Health, the Globe said.

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The failure of two Fenway Health leaders to address the allegations of misconduct against Makadon also cost them their positions last month.

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Fenway’s chief executive, Stephen L. Boswell, who headed the center for 20 years, resigned under pressure following the newspaper investigation into allegations against Makadon. That was quickly followed by the resignation of the chairman of Fenway’s board of directors, Robert B. Hale. The Globe reported that Boswell failed to act allowing Makadon to remain at Fenway Health after he learned about complaints made by staff members against the long-time doctor.

Since the initial investigation, the Globe said two doctors have come forward to report misconduct by Makadon that occurred some 25 years ago in his role as a doctor at Beth Israel and a member of the Harvard Medical School faculty. A lawyer, who says he was a patient of Makadon, also has alleged sexual misconduct. They came forward reluctantly in hopes medical institutions will take steps to protect students, residents and patients from harassment, the Globe said.

The newspaper said Makadon, in statements provided by his lawyer, said some of the allegations are untrue but apologized for his behavior in other cases. The complaints against Makadon have come forth in the light of a national furor over sexual harassment in the business, political, media and entertainment industries.

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