Kanawha County, WV circuit judge denies all motions to dismiss in Matulis/CAMC cases

On Friday, March 1, 2019, after a four hour hearing, Judge Jennifer Bailey denied numerous motions to dismiss filed by Defendants Charleston Area Medical Center, Steven Matulis, Charleston Gastroenterology, and Day Surgery Center.  All cases, including the proposed class actions, will proceed.  The civil trials are scheduled to begin on April 6, 2020.

In February 2016, CAMC suspended, and eventually revoked, the privilege of gastroenterologist Steven Matulis after healthcare providers reported that he was sexually abusing female patients while they were under anesthesia.  Matulis has surrendered his medical license.  In April 2016, Preston & Salango filed the first civil lawsuit against Matulis.  Several more lawsuits have been filed against Matulis, CAMC and Charleston Gastroenterology alleging that CAMC employees witnessed Matulis inappropriately touch incapacitated female patients for years without reporting it.

In October 2018, Matulis was convicted of sexual abuse and sentenced to one to five years in prison.  Matulis incarcerated at Mount Olive Correctional Facility.   After his release, Matulis will be subject to post-conviction supervision of five years and must register as a sex offender.

 

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