Lynchburg Gynecology ‘severing all ties’ with former provider amid sexual misconduct allegations

Published: Sep. 17, 2023 at 9:53 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 18, 2023 at 11:23 PM EDT
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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ) - Lynchburg Gynecology is in the process of “severing all ties, including financial ties” with former provider Dr. Lewis Dabney, according to the OBGYN’s Facebook page. The statement comes amid sexual misconduct allegations from former patients.

The post confirms Dr. Dabney resigned from Lynchburg Gynecology Thursday, September 14. The resignation comes after WDBJ7 received numerous reports about Dr. Dabney’s alleged misconduct and reported sexual harassment and assault. There were also social media posts regarding claims of sexual misconduct.

“We sympathize with anyone that has had anything less than a positive healthcare experience within the walls of Lynchburg Gynecology,” Dr. Sarah Woods and Dr. Matthew Tompkins state in the Facebook post. “We are dedicated to the implementation of changes necessary to restore the trust of our patients, starting with plans to bring a greater level of transparency to our practice through improvement to processes for confidential patient feedback.”

WDBJ7 first learned about all of this Wednesday, September 13, when numerous people shared claims of sexual misconduct against the former provider. We reached out to Lynchburg Gynecology Wednesday, and a public relations representative responded to us Monday, September 18.

During that initial conversation at 2 p.m. September 18, the spokesperson told WDBJ7 providers are all tied up working with patients and would not be able to do an interview about Dr. Dabney’s investigation, but we could send a list of questions. Four hours later, the spokesperson told WDBJ7 Lynchburg Gynecology would not answer any of my questions and referred us to the statement the office posted Saturday.

We were not given a reason the office declined to comment.

According to the Virginia Department of Health Professions website, Dr. Dabney’s medical license is still active. We’ve reached out to the department numerous times to see if there is a current investigation. We are still waiting to hear back.

The Lynchburg Police Department confirmed to WDBJ7 they received a report September 14, 2023 that a sexual offense happened in the 2700 block of Old Forest Road, but no further details would be released.

“This incident is currently under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact Det. T. Hall at 434-455-6155,” police communications manager Kylie Kidd said.

Lynchburg’s Commonwealth’s Attorney told WDBJ7 in a statement regarding the social media posts and allegations that anyone who may have experienced this behavior they believe to be criminal should make a report with law enforcement.

“They should also notify the Virginia Department of Health Professions that regulates medical licenses in Virginia,” Bethany Harrison said. “They also have the option of consulting with civil attorneys to determine if they have any civil remedies.”

A Virginia law firm, The Allen Law Firm, is accepting cases for patients of Dr. Lewis Dabney, former provider at Lynchburg Gynecology.