The founder of a popular fertility clinic failed to tell authorities more than 15 years ago that one of his star specialists, Dr. Roger Ian Hardy, was allegedly seen inappropriately touching a patient, according to a complaint by state regulators.
Hardy continued to treat women and was accused this year of having sexually molested several other patients, some while they were under anesthesia.
The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine charged that Dr. Vito Cardone, who opened the Fertility Centers of New England in 1993, was told by two employees that they saw Hardy put his hand on a patient’s breast and rub her nipple as she was waking from anesthesia.
Instead of informing the board as the law requires, the board said, Cardone sent the two staff members to the clinic’s manager, who warned one “not to cause a stink or blow a whistle because she would be labeled as a disgruntled worker.’’
When a nurse supervisor approached Cardone about the incident, he told her “Hardy was a good doctor,’’ the board alleged.
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