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Dr. Anderson Tenure at the University of Michigan

U of M hired Dr. Anderson as an associate physician

U of M promoted Dr. Anderson to UHS Director, a position he held for twelve years. During this period, Dr. Anderson also held positions as a team physician in the Athletic Department.

Dr. Anderson resigned as UHS Director, but he remained as a senior physician until July 1981, when he transferred to the Athletic Department. Dr. Anderson continued to serve as a physician in the Athletic Department until 1999.

July 1981, he transferred to the Athletic Department. Dr. Anderson continued to serve as a physician in the Athletic Department until 1999.

U of M acquired Dr. Anderson’s private medical practice.

Dr, Anderson resigned.

Dr. Robert E Anderson

Dr. Anderson Engages in Sexual Misconduct

A law firm hired by the University of Michigan, WilmerHale, has concluded that over the span of thirty-seven years as a U of M employee, Dr. Anderson engaged in sexual misconduct with patients on countless occasions. Dr. Anderson’s misconduct ranged from performing medically unnecessary hernia and rectal examinations on patients, to manually stimulating male patients and causing them to ejaculate, to sexual contact in exchange for medical services. Evidence suggests that beginning in the late 1960s, patients started raising concerns about Dr. Anderson’s misbehavior.

Complaints to the University of Michigan

In 1969, Matt Schembechler, son on the legendary U of M football coach, Bo Schembechler, reportedly told his father that he had been sexually assaulted by Dr. Anderson. It was Bo Schembechler’s first year of what turned into an iconic career coaching football at U of M. Nothing was done. Dr. Anderson continued to work as a doctor at U of M until 2002, including being head medical doctor for Schembechler’s football teams.

The University of Michigan received information about Dr. Anderson’s misconduct from multiple sources. A senior U of M administrator was told about Dr. Anderson’s misconduct several times between 1978 or 1979 and 1981, but did not take appropriate remedial action. Victims are now coming forward with even earlier reports.

According to the law firm of Wilmer Hale, who conducted the investigation for the U of M, “Despite the credible reports of misconduct that Mr. Easthope received, the University never terminated Dr. Anderson’s employment or moved him to a role in which he would no longer see patients.” Instead, Dr. Anderson: “continued to provide medical services to student athletes and other patients – and to engage in sexual misconduct with large numbers of them – for the rest of his career.” (See Report of Independent Investigation, page 8).


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