NEW YORK—Michail Sorodsky, a Brooklyn resident, was arraigned in the Kings County Supreme Court Thursday on an indictment charging him with posing as a medical doctor, illegally performing medical procedures, and sexually abusing some of his female patients.
“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 Andrew 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, 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 in Brooklyn.
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.
According to the Attorney General’s investigation, since at least 1995, Sorodsky performed physical examinations, took patients’ blood, administered what he claimed were medications, and committed acts of sexual abuse on some of his female patients. In addition, Sorodsky bilked more than 1,100 patients out of over $1 million for these ineffective and possibly harmful “treatments.” Many of these patients had serious diseases, and some had fatal illnesses.
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 first degree rape (a class B violent felony); unlicensed practice of medicine (a class E felony); first degree scheme to defraud (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. He is currently being held pending $500,000 bail. Sorodsky faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.
In light of the allegations in this case, those who received treatment at Sorodsky’s clinic might wish to consult a licensed physician, the AG’s office said. 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 at 212-587-4100. 1-18-07