April 16, 2021 — Ted W. Grace, MD, a health care provider implicated within the Ohio State College intercourse abuse scandal relationship again many years, has surrendered his license to observe medication and surgical procedure within the state of Ohio, in accordance with 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 pupil well being companies at Southern Illinois College in Carbondale, has resigned from that put up, with a substitute named earlier this week, the Southern Illinoisan reported Thursday. Grace resigned March 12, a college spokesperson says.
“That is the primary one who has been held accountable on this mess,” says Stephen Snyder-Hill, considered one of quite a few college students who complained that Richard Strauss, MD, a former group physician and well being heart doctor on the college, inappropriately examined and touched him. Grace supervised Strauss. Snyder-Hill complained in 1995; when he demanded a gathering and obtained 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 remaining report. In consequence, the board reopened 91 circumstances involving sexual impropriety that had been closed. It additionally really useful 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 pupil well being companies at OSU, Grace was conscious of the widespread rumors that Strauss had been inappropriately touching college students. The board additionally mentioned 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 pupil 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 heart, however didn’t report back to the medical board, the correspondence states. Strauss died by suicide in 2005.
OSU had launched an impartial 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 applicable motion.
Snyder-Hill, an outspoken advocate of LGBTQ rights, creator, 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 nice information, and a ”monumental step on this course of,” Snyder-Hill says extra must be accomplished. “I’m not going to cease. I’m going to maintain escalating this. My focus is precisely what the governor of the state of Ohio mentioned, 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 instructed he was ”confused and mistaken” about being abused.
Whereas the state medical board in Ohio makes choices relating to a health care provider’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.