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Report: Ohio Medical Board investigating surgeon over rape allegations



COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) - A former Cleveland Clinic surgeon is now under investigation by the Ohio Medical Board after reports of two alleged rapes, according to a USA Today report. Dr. Ryan Williams, a colorectal surgeon, is now employed by the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center but has been placed on leave by the hospital.

The newspaper reports the board has subpoenaed Cleveland Clinic medical records for procedures done by Williams during the time period of the alleged rapes. The investigation comes after a USA Today article on Jan. 5, reporting that the hospital knew of police reports in which Williams was accused of raping two women in 2008 and 2009.

Williams was never charged with a crime, but the report says the patient in the 2008 case sued him and the case was settled confidentially. The second victim came forward in 2014, reporting to the hospital and the police, but again, Williams wasn't charged. The Cleveland Clinic placed him on leave after learning of the complaints against him, according to USA Today.

He was hired by OSU Wexner Medical Center in the summer of 2017 after his contract wasn't renewed.

In a statement, Ohio State told ABC 6/FOX 28, "These disturbing allegations were unknown to Ohio State at the time of his hiring. The University takes these allegations of past misconduct seriously, and Dr. Williams was placed on administrative leave in December. We are actively investigating to ensure that patient safety at Ohio State was never compromised."

Ohio State also says when it hires physicians, it gets background checks with information from the Ohio State Medical Board, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the National Practitioner Databank and previous employers and peers.

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