ER physician at Mount Sinai Hospital accused of drugging, sexually assaulting patients

David H. Newman, MD, a prominent emergency room physician at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, has been arrested and charged with sexually abusing two female patients, according to The New York Times.

In one case, Dr. Newman is accused of drugging a 29-year-old female patient and then grabbing her breasts and ejaculating on her body. The woman told authorities she went to the emergency room at Mount Sinai Jan. 12 for shoulder pain. She said nurses gave her pain pills and a shot of morphine and then Dr. Newman came into her room and gave her another shot of morphine. She told investigators she felt Dr. Newman grab her breasts and then ejaculate on her body while she was slipping in and out of consciousness, according to the report.

On Saturday, a second woman came forward with accusations against Dr. Newman. She told investigators Dr. Newman groped her breasts on Sept. 21 when she went to the emergency room with a cold.

Dr. Newman was charged with sexual abuse and forcible touching in connection with the January incident and charged with sexual abuse in connection with the September episode. 

Mount Sinai issued a statement to The New York Times saying Dr. Newman has been suspended from the hospital and that he has not provided patient care since the investigation began.

Dr. Newman is a well-known physician who has been featured in publications such as the Wall Street Journal. The 45-year-old physician published a book —"Hippocrates Shadow: Secrets From the House of Medicine" — in 2008, and he gave a TED talk called "Truth That Lasts" in 2012, according to the Washington Post.

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