Ophthalmology professor resigns amid accusations of sexual misconduct
A University of Alabama-Birmingham professor who served as director of ophthalmic surgery at the university was removed from his position in April after a report surfaced of his inappropriate sexual conduct with patients.
The university said in a statement that Dr. Robert E. G. Woodson, a professor of ocular surgery, “has resigned from his teaching and administrative positions, effective immediately.”
The university also said in the statement that it has placed a formal complaint against Dr. Woodseons conduct and has initiated disciplinary proceedings.
In the wake of the allegations, Woodson was suspended indefinitely by the university, and a committee appointed by the school’s Board of Trustees recommended he be fired.
The committee recommended Woodson be fired, the university said, but that it would review the recommendation.
In a statement, Woodseon said he did not agree with the recommendations.
He said the committee did not hold a public hearing and instead had decided to take no action on the recommendations at the meeting.
Woods resignation came less than a month after the school released a report alleging a pattern of sexual harassment at the school.
The report by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC, found that in 2016, Woods sexually harassed at least four female students and three male students.
Wood said the students did not report their complaints to him.
The school has said it will review the EEOC report.
The allegations against Woodson were first reported by ABC News.
The Alabama Department of Public Safety and Public Health said in March that Woods was arrested and charged with sexual battery and two counts of child endangerment.
The Department of Human Resources did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Wood has been on leave since the charges were filed.
In his resignation letter, Wood said that he has not yet been diagnosed with cancer.
He also said he has been “cooperative with the university in its ongoing investigations.”
In addition to the allegations against him, Wood was charged with two counts each of unlawful sexual conduct and making false statements.
He was released from jail on a $500,000 bond in April.