Attorney General Cuomo Announces Brooklyn Man Arraigned For Posing As Doctor And Sexually Abusing Patients

NEW YORK, NY (January 17, 2008) – New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Michail Sorodsky, a Brooklyn resident, was arraigned in the Kings County Supreme Court on an indictment charging him with posing as a medical doctor, illegally performing medical procedures, and sexually abusing some of his female patients.  Sorodsky faces up to twenty-five years in prison if convicted.

“Residents of Brooklyn – in particular members of the Russian community – need to know about these charges, and any person who received treatment at this clinic should contact my office,” said Attorney General Cuomo.  “People who are sick and in need should not be victimized by unlicensed, dishonest practitioners.  Our case is moving forward and my office will do everything in our power to ensure that justice is done.”

Sorodsky, 60 years old, of 1625 Emmons Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, is not licensed to practice medicine in New York.  He owns and operated the “Holistic Skin and Spa Clinic,” which is located at 2701 Ocean Avenue, Brooklyn, New York. 

According to the indictment and allegations made at the arraignments, Sorodsky preyed on Russian-speaking residents of New York City for several years.  He advertised in Russian-language newspapers and radio stations to solicit patients and portrayed himself as a medical doctor who had the ability to cure cancer. 

Sorodsky is also charged with raping a patient who he rendered unconscious in the summer of 2006.  Sorodsky allegedly told a female patient to drink a liquid, which caused her to lose consciousness.  The patient awoke when she felt Sorodsky naked and lying on top of her and discovered evidence that she had been raped.  Other patients were also allegedly subjected to numerous acts of sexual abuse.  

Sorodsky was indicted for Rape in the First Degree (a class B violent felony); Unlicensed Practice of Medicine (a class E felony); Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree (a class E felony); and numerous counts of: Aggravated Sexual Abuse in the Fourth Degree (a class E felony); Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree (a class A misdemeanor); Forcible Touching (a class A misdemeanor); and Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree (a class B misdemeanor).  Sorodsky faces up to twenty-five years in prison if convicted of Rape in the First Degree.   Sorodsky is currently being held pending $500,000 bail.

The Attorney General’s investigation into this matter is continuing.  The charges against Sorodsky are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorneys General Michelle Maerov and Shulamit Neuman of the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau, under the supervision of Deputy Bureau Chief Felice Sontupe and Bureau Chief Gail Heatherly.  They were assisted by Investigator Alona Katz and Associate Auditor Svetlana Volchyok, under the supervision of Supervising Investigator John McManus, and Deputy Chief Investigator Thomas Richardson, Analyst Yuriy Kurbatov, and Investigator-Auditor Olga Melamed, under the supervision of Supervising Investigator Lawrence McDonald.

The Attorney General’s Office would like to thank the Department of Education, the Office of the Professions, the New York State Police Department, and the Office of Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York for their assistance in this matter.

In light of the allegations in this case, those who received treatment at Sorodsky’s clinic might wish to consult a licensed physician.

The Office of the Attorney General has set up a hotline regarding this case; both English-speaking and Russian-speaking investigators will be available to callers: 212-587-4100.