TODAY   |  February 21, 2013

Doctor who allegedly recorded patients found dead

The sudden death of Baltimore gynecologist Dr. Nikita Levy in an apparent suicide leaves authorities with the task of identifying about 1,000 women seen by him over decades who may have been photographed or recorded without their knowledge. NBC’s Lisa Myers reports.

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>>> the stunning death of a gynecologist in the baltimore area has many patients wondering if they were victims of a shocking violation of privacy. lisa myers reports.

>> reporter: baltimore police are trying to identify about a thousand women seen over the last two decades by dr. nikit ara levy who practiced gynecology at johns hopkins . he was found dead monday apparent suicide after being accused of secretly photographing and videotaping patients.

>> unbelievable.

>> reporter: jessica was levy's patient for 11 years and said she felt very close to him.

>> right now, i'm very confused. if i could speak with him, i would tell him he broke my heart, he broke my trust.

>> reporter: police say they uncovered and compare amount of evidence in levy's home removing computers, hard drives and servers full of images.

>> we understand there is an extensive amount of photographs and video recordings which show patients in various states of undress and examination.

>> reporter: johns hopkins says levy got caught after a fellow employee became suspicious and alerted security. the hospital says it then notified the police and suspended levy.

>> words cannot express how deeply sorry we are for every patient whose privacy may have been violated, the hospital said. levy's lawyer emphasized that he was never charged with a crime. lisa myers , nbc news,