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#MeTooMedicine Exposes Sexual Abuse in Surgery A nurse stands up to a powerful surgeon and health system. C aught on an overhead security camera and catapulted into the public consciousness by the #MeTooMedicine movement, the grainy footage shows a prominent cataract surgeon shoving a charge nurse in the base of the head with his left hand — a shove so violent that it lifted the surgeon off his feet and sent the nurse flying out of camera range. If you've yet to see Kerry Assil, MD, assault Paula Rickey, RN, take a look here osmag.net/NJKha3, but viewer discretion is advised because the 36-second YouTube clip will no doubt infuriate you. Not because it's the type of violence you'd expect to see in a back alley rather than in an OR hallway of a Beverly Hills surgery center, but because the alleged abuser is an all-powerful surgeon who is a part owner and medical director of the 90210 Surgery Center and the accuser is the 26-year-old nurse pictured below who had the audacity to ask Dr. Almighty if he was nearly done with his case because his block time was nearly up and an orthopedic surgeon was wondering when he could start his first case. "He cursed at me and told me that we can mind our own business," says Ms. Rickey of the exchange that took place inside the OR. Ms. Rickey says she rolled her eyes and laughed him off as she turned to walk away. That's when she says Dr. Assil shoved her from behind. "I hurt his ego," she says. "I made him feel not as important as what he thinks he is." And then she says her employer, the Cedars-Sinai Health System, which owns the 90210 Surgery Center, made matters worse by failing to prevent or correct the 8 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J A n U A R Y 2 0 1 8 Editor's Page Dan O'Connor Paula Rickey, RN

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