The former cardiology chief at the VA Palo Alto Medical Center has been accused of sexually assaulting a fellow doctor.
Dr. John Giacomini Indicted For Allegedly Sexually Assaulting Another VA Doctor
Last Update: 7/13/2020
Lawyer Comments: See the second section of this story for legal commentary on the legal rights of victims from doctor sexual assault lawyer Bobby Thompson.
The former chief of cardiology at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Palo Alto Medical Center was indicted by a federal grand jury last week on sexual battery charges. 71-year-old Dr. John Giacomini is accused of sexually assaulting a fellow VA doctor at the hospital in 2017.
Giacomini is accused of engaging in unwanted and nonconsensual sexual contact with the doctor, who was a subordinate physician at the hospital, in December of 2017.
In addition to a 30-year career as the chief of the cardiology department, Giacomini was also a professor of cardiovascular medicine at Stanford Medical School.
Stanford placed Giacomini on administrative leave in June of 2018 after a complaint was filed against him, which led to an investigation. Stanford has since dismissed him from his position.
Giacomini is also no longer working at the VA hospital. It is not clear when he left.
In addition to the allegations of unwanted contact, an investigation determined that Giacomini might have propositioned another female subordinate at the VA.
Giacomini’s first court date is scheduled for July 7 in the U.S. District Court of Northern California.