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New York Dr. Cheng Accused of Sexual Assault & Misconduct

Dr. Zhi Alan Cheng is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting several women, some of whom were his patients at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Queens. If you were a patient of Dr. Cheng, Helping Survivors can assist you in understand your legal rights and options to seek help and healing.
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Key Takeaways

  • Dr. Zhi Alan Cheng is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting several women, some of whom were his patients at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Queens. He faces multiple charges, including rape, sexual abuse, and unlawful surveillance.
  • Allegations have been made that the hospital and other doctors were aware of Cheng’s actions but failed to intervene, raising concerns about institutional negligence.
  • Victims of Dr. Cheng have legal options, including filing lawsuits against him and the medical institutions that may have enabled his actions. If you were a victim of Dr. Cheng’s sexual abuse, reach out to Helping Survivors so you can get the help you deserve while protecting your identity and information in this journey.

Dr. Zhi Alan Cheng faces charges of sexually assaulting acquaintances in his home and patients at his job at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Queens. Some victims claim the hospital and other doctors were aware of Cheng’s actions but did nothing to stop him.

Victims of Cheng have legal rights and options. They can file suit against Cheng and his enablers, including his places of employment. That includes New York-Presbyterian Hospital, though there may be others.  

The Charges Against Dr. Zhi Alan Cheng

Cheng was first arrested in December 2022 and charged with two counts of rape, criminal sexual acts, assault, and sexual abuse. He was also charged with four counts of unlawful surveillance for making videos of his assaults.

These charges stemmed from the rape of an acquaintance in his apartment. While at Cheng’s apartment, the victim saw videos of Cheng raping her and several other women. These videos revealed that some of his sexual assaults occurred at the hospital. Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz then pursued additional charges. A grand jury indicted Cheng on the following charges:

  • 10 counts of predatory sexual assault
  • Three counts of rape in the first degree
  • Seven counts of sexual abuse in the first degree
  • 11 counts of unlawful surveillance in the second degree
  • Eight counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance
  • Four counts of criminal possession of a weapon

The drug charges resulted from video evidence found on Cheng’s phone and digital storage devices and reports of his victims. The evidence showed Cheng was drugging his victims with potent sedatives to render them unconscious and facilitate his assaults. Drugs seized included fentanyl, ketamine, cocaine, LSD, and MDMA. They also seized propofol and sevoflurane, drugs usually used in health care settings.

Cheng faces multiple sentences of 25 years to life for his current charges. More victims may still come forward as they realize Cheng also assaulted them.

Who is Dr. Zhi Alan Cheng?

Dr. Zhi Alan Cheng went to Albany Medical College and later completed his residency at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. He received his license to practice medicine in June 2020.

Cheng was a gastroenterologist, a doctor specializing in the digestive system. At the time of his arrest, he worked at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Queens. The hospital fired him after his arrest last year. Cheng has also lost his medical license.

He is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting women in other locations as well, including Las Vegas, San Francisco, and Thailand. Police identified these locations through the videos they recovered. They have yet to identify some of the victims.

Ongoing Investigation Into Cheng

District Attorney Katz urges people who think they may have been victims of Cheng to contact the Special Victims Bureau at (718) 286-6505 or SpecialVictims@queensda.org

Doctors and other workers at New York-Presbyterian can also come forward if they witnessed Cheng’s behavior. Victims and witnesses can make anonymous claims and reports through an attorney. Before or after contacting the District Attorney, get in touch with a trained professional sexual assault attorney who can help you understand your legal rights and options. 

Ongoing Criminal Investigation into Cheng

District Attorney Katz urges people who think they may have been victims of Cheng to contact the Special Victims Bureau at (718) 286-6505 or SpecialVictims@queensda.org

Doctors and other workers at New York-Presbyterian can also come forward if they witnessed Cheng’s behavior. Victims and witnesses can make anonymous claims and reports through an attorney. Before or after contacting the District Attorney, get in touch with a trained professional sexual assault attorney who can help you understand your legal rights and options. 

New York-Presbyterian Hospital's Negligence and Misconduct

People sexually abused at hospitals and other health care facilities can sue for compensation based on negligence and other torts. At least one victim is claiming that New York-Presbyterian Hospital covered up Cheng’s sexual assaults.

The unnamed patient claims she reported getting a painful injection from Cheng that rendered her unconscious. She did not know at the time that she had been sexually assaulted as well. She learned about the assault when the police recovered Cheng’s videos.

The hospital assembled a lineup of doctors, and the patient identified Cheng. However, the hospital did not collect any evidence of what the injection was or test her clothing or sheets for signs of sexual assault. The day after the lineup, Cheng treated the patient again during her surgery.

The lawsuit alleges that another doctor drew her blood to test for HIV without telling her. No one at the hospital told her they thought she might be a victim of sexual assault. The hospital did provide her with the New York State Sexual Assault Victim Bill of Rights among her many discharge papers.

The patient was in the hospital for gallstones, so providing her with that information was unusual if staff didn’t suspect she was a victim. The hospital did not notify the police or take any action against Cheng.

The patient’s lawsuit claims that there is a pattern of ignoring patient abuse complaints at the hospital. New York-Presbyterian was also part of the Dr. Robert Hadden sexual abuse scandal and resulting litigation. Dr. Darius Paduch, another alleged serial sexual abuser, also worked in the New York-Presbyterian hospital system at Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan. 

Another of Cheng’s victims questions lax controls over sedatives at the hospital. She was an acquaintance of Cheng’s—not a patient—but she believes the sedatives he used before he sexually assaulted her came from the hospital. Her attorney points out that dispensing medications in the hospital is highly regulated and that other doctors may have known what Cheng was doing but failed to stop him.

Victims can sue if the hospital knew or should have known about Cheng’s abuse. The hospital and other doctors there owe patients a duty of care. When they breach that duty and patients suffer harm, they are liable for damages.

Victims can file individual lawsuits or become part of class actions. As of late 2023, there were no class action lawsuits based on Cheng’s sexual abuse, but that may happen as more victims come forward.

Speak to an Lawyer about filing a Lawsuit against Dr. Cheng

Civil lawsuits against doctors and hospitals are complex, and defendants and their insurance companies often drag them out as long as possible. A skilled and experienced attorney can help you file an individual lawsuit or help you become a part of a class action.

Patients of Cheng must file a lawsuit against Cheng and potential responsible parties within the three-year statute of limitations.

Helping Survivors can put you in touch with experienced lawyers representing patients of doctor sexual abuse in New York who will provide a free consultation. If they believe you have a case, they will represent you on contingency, meaning there are no upfront costs to filing a civil lawsuit against Dr. Cheng or his employers. You can get in touch with us today to learn more.

If you believe you were the victim of sexual abuse by Dr. Cheng or another doctor, you can seek justice and compensation through a civil lawsuit against the perpetrator and those parties who enabled the abuse. An experienced doctor sexual abuse lawyer understands what victims go through and can offer support. Sexual abuse attorneys are compassionate advocates who have helped many clients through doctor sexual assault cases. They know the legal system in your state and how to deal with doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies. 

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