Report on the Investigation of Dr. Reginald Archibald
May 23, 2019
In response to a report of sexual misconduct made last year against Dr. Reginald Archibald, a physician who studied childhood growth and maturation and worked at The Rockefeller University Hospital from the 1940s to the 1980s and died in 2007, the University retained external legal counsel, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, to conduct a full investigation. In the fall of 2018, the Hospital sent letters to as many of Dr. Archibald’s former patients as it could locate, asking them to share their experiences with Debevoise. Statements about the matter, including a letter to former patients mailed on May 22, also were posted on the Hospital’s public website at: https://www.rucares.org/ra-information. The University reported the matter to state and federal authorities.
Today, we are sharing the full report of the Debevoise investigation, which respects patient privacy and does not identify any patient. We are extremely grateful to Dr. Archibald’s former patients who came forward to share their experiences with Debevoise. At the same time, we respect the determination of others who decided not to do so.
We profoundly apologize to those patients who experienced pain and suffering as a result of Dr. Archibald’s reprehensible conduct.
We want to reassure the community of our commitment to the safety and well-being of our patients. To this end, patient protections and safeguards have been continually enhanced at the Hospital over the past decades. We also reaffirm our commitment to providing support to Dr. Archibald’s former patients for counseling services through the Rockefeller Hospital Therapy Fund, which is operated in partnership with RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network). Dr. Archibald’s former patients can call the dedicated hotline operated by RAINN at: 855-774-4690, for confidential support with ongoing therapy costs and assistance in finding a therapist.