Who’s Really the Victim Here? — It’s time to end DARVO behavior in the healthcare workplace

The controversial news that NYU Grossman School of Medicine was considering the hire of David Sabatini, PhD, shined a new light on sexual misconduct and harassment allegations in the workplace — and the willingness of leaders to dismiss or overlook these behaviors. Some say Sabatini strategically maneuvered himself into the victim seat by denying the accusations, attacking the women he allegedly preyed upon, and reversing roles so he was seen as the sufferer. This narrative points to a specific harassment behavior called “DARVO.”

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About Shikha Jain, MD FACP

I am a practicing, board-certified hematology/oncology physician in Chicago. I speak on topics ranging from the impact of social media on healthcare, how physicians can utilize social media, how to write Op-eds in the medical world, gender equity and barriers to career advancement, and topics in GI oncology and immunotherapy. My goal is to explain complicated topics in simple terms. I also enjoy writing and you can find some of my writing on this site. I am a mother to three amazing kids and married to a gastroenterologist. I look forward to connecting with you.

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