Ex-pathologist who worked while impaired taken into custody

August 17, 2019 GMT

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A former pathologist accused of working while impaired at an Arkansas Veterans Affairs hospital has been taken into custody and is being held at a county jail.

Dr. Robert Morris Levy was in custody Saturday at the Washington County jail and online records indicate he was being held on behalf of federal authorities. There was no charge listed against him.

Federal prosecutors are expected to release additional information at a news conference scheduled for Tuesday in Fayetteville.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette previously reported that a VA official said in January that outside pathologists reviewed nearly 34,000 cases handled by Levy and found more than 3,000 errors or missed diagnoses. The cases date back to 2005.


The 53-year-old Levy has acknowledged that he once showed up to work at the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks drunk in 2016, but he denies working while impaired.

Online jail records don’t indicate whether he has an attorney.