12 episodes

He was a trusted OB-GYN working inside one of the most prestigious universities in the world, an Ivy League school that is home to Nobel Prize winners and medical all-stars. Yet behind closed doors, Dr. Robert Hadden assaulted hundreds — perhaps thousands — of unsuspecting patients. When it looked like no one would be held accountable, the survivors engaged in a decade-long fight for justice.

From the team behind the hit series Dr. Death, host and medical journalist Laura Beil unfurls the story of Dr. Hadden’s horrific behavior and the ensuing cover-up. It’s a story of power: who has it, how they use it, and what it takes to get it back.

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    • True Crime
    • 4.8 • 101 Ratings

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He was a trusted OB-GYN working inside one of the most prestigious universities in the world, an Ivy League school that is home to Nobel Prize winners and medical all-stars. Yet behind closed doors, Dr. Robert Hadden assaulted hundreds — perhaps thousands — of unsuspecting patients. When it looked like no one would be held accountable, the survivors engaged in a decade-long fight for justice.

From the team behind the hit series Dr. Death, host and medical journalist Laura Beil unfurls the story of Dr. Hadden’s horrific behavior and the ensuing cover-up. It’s a story of power: who has it, how they use it, and what it takes to get it back.

Listen to exclusive bonus episodes of Exposed: Cover-Up at Columbia University with Wondery+.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Trapped

    Trapped

    Laurie Kanyok’s routine postpartum check-up ends in a frantic 911 call about her doctor. As more and more patients come forward, it becomes apparent that there is a serial predator operating at Columbia.




    If you or someone you know is a survivor of sexual assault, here are some resources:

    The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) survivor helpline is 1-800-656-4673.




    The National Sexual Violence Resource Center provides resources for sexual violence and prevention education. You can find them at nsvrc.org.




    The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 988.




    To read Laura Beil and Bianca Fortis' article about this story on ProPublica visit: https://www.propublica.org/article/columbia-obgyn-sexually-assaulted-patients-for-20-years

    See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    • 45 min
    Why Is That a Win?

    Why Is That a Win?

    The Assistant District Attorney struggles with a challenging case. Then she learns it’s not just the defense attorney she’s up against, it’s her own office.




    If you or someone you know is a survivor of sexual assault, here are some resources:

    The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) survivor helpline is 1-800-656-4673.




    The National Sexual Violence Resource Center provides resources for sexual violence and prevention education. You can find them at nsvrc.org.




    The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 988.




    To read Laura Beil and Bianca Fortis' article about this story on ProPublica visit: https://www.propublica.org/article/columbia-obgyn-sexually-assaulted-patients-for-20-years

    See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    • 38 min
    I Could Not Unsee It

    I Could Not Unsee It

    Marissa Hoechstetter sets out on a quest for answers about the Manhattan District Attorney, and ends up realizing she should also be questioning Columbia. 







    If you or someone you know is a survivor of sexual assault, here are some resources:

    The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) survivor helpline is 1-800-656-4673.




    The National Sexual Violence Resource Center provides resources for sexual violence and prevention education. You can find them at nsvrc.org.




    The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 988.




    To read Laura Beil and Bianca Fortis' article about this story on ProPublica visit: https://www.propublica.org/article/columbia-obgyn-sexually-assaulted-patients-for-20-years

    See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    • 42 min
    Unbelievable

    Unbelievable

    Evelyn Yang goes public, which sets off a search for a missing letter that could change everything.







    If you or someone you know is a survivor of sexual assault, here are some resources:




    The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) survivor helpline is 1-800-656-4673.




    The National Sexual Violence Resource Center provides resources for sexual violence and prevention education. You can find them at nsvrc.org.




    The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 988.




    To read Laura Beil and Bianca Fortis' article about this story on ProPublica visit: https://www.propublica.org/article/columbia-obgyn-sexually-assaulted-patients-for-20-years 

    See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    • 39 min
    Remember Who the F*ck You Are

    Remember Who the F*ck You Are

    The survivors finally face Robert Hadden in court. But will justice be served?




    If you or someone you know is a survivor of sexual assault, here are some resources:




    The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) survivor helpline is 1-800-656-4673.




    The National Sexual Violence Resource Center provides resources for sexual violence and prevention education. You can find them at nsvrc.org.




    The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 988.




    To read Laura Beil and Bianca Fortis' article about this story on ProPublica visit: https://www.propublica.org/article/columbia-obgyn-sexually-assaulted-patients-for-20-years 










    See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    • 41 min
    Willful Blindness

    Willful Blindness

    In the aftermath of Robert Hadden’s sentencing hearing, a lot of people are left asking: what about Columbia University?




    If you or someone you know is a survivor of sexual assault, here are some resources:




    The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) survivor helpline is 1-800-656-4673.




    The National Sexual Violence Resource Center provides resources for sexual violence and prevention education. You can find them at nsvrc.org.




    The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 988.




    To read Laura Beil and Bianca Fortis' article about this story on ProPublica visit: https://www.propublica.org/columbia-obgyn-sexually-assaulted-patients-for-20-years

    See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
101 Ratings

101 Ratings

GraceRTaylor ,

Good and important

This happened at my university as well. A psychiatrist. My doctor but thankfully not to me. Hearing all the successful, amazing people this happened to us a reminder that this can really happen to anyone. I wish sexual assault by doctors was taken more serious. It is not your fault. I still don’t trust doctors

Fengxu814 ,

Very good

Shocked by the crime and its coverer, and also deeply moved by victims’ never-give-up fighting for the rights and justice.

jenn-y-wren ,

Well produced and interesting

I applaud the producers of this podcast. It was very well researched and had a good mix of patient accounts and narrator commentary. It’s shocking that Columbia, such a revered institution, did nothing to investigate these horrendous crimes. Although there was accountability in the end for the dr., it took far too long and the abuse perpetuated under an institution that allowed it to.

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