New York Dr. Darius Paduch Accused ofSexual Assault & Misconduct
Dr. Darius Paduch is a former New York urologist accused of medical sexual assault, misconduct, and harassment by numerous male patients over 19 years. If you suffered sexual abuse while under Dr. Paduch’s care, you have rights and options, and Helping Survivors is here to help.
Allegations Against Dr. Darius Paduch
Dr. Darius Paduch is accused of sexually abusing countless male patients over nearly two decades. His victims include both minors and adult men.
Dr. Paduch’s alleged misconduct occurred under the guise of urological care. He allegedly touched patients’ genitalia without their consent and without wearing gloves. Paduch also allegedly directed patients to masturbate in front of him, forced them to watch pornography in his presence, and penetrated them both digitally and with sex toys and other objects without medical justification.
Furthermore, Paduch allegedly performed unnecessary surgical procedures without anesthesia to purposely inflict pain on his patients. He also has been accused of dispensing excessive quantities of opioid medications to get his patients addicted, allowing him to gain more control over his victims and further his sexual abuse of them.
Paduch has also allegedly sent inappropriate text messages to patients, including underage boys, from his personal cell phone. The messages often contained sexual comments and directions to visit his office after normal business hours.
Who Is Urologist Dr. Paduch?
Dr. Darius Adam Paduch is a former urologist who treated patients in and around Great Neck, New York. He received his medical degree from the Medical University of Lodz in 1993 and practiced medicine for over 20 years. Dr. Paduch also worked as an Associate Professor of Urology and Reproductive Medicine and Director of Sexual Health and Science at Weill Cornell Medicine.
Paduch was affiliated with several New York hospitals throughout his career, including Weill Cornell Medical Center, Northwell Health’s North Shore University Hospital, and Long Island Jewish Medical Center. His primary specialty was urology, an area of medicine focusing on the organs of the genitourinary system, such as the bladder, kidneys, and male reproductive organs.
Paduch’s practice primarily emphasized the male reproductive system. His subspecialties included male sexual dysfunction, male infertility and andrology, and trauma and reconstructive surgery. He often treated patients with conditions such as erectile dysfunction, enlarged prostate, penile injury, infertility, and Klinefelter syndrome.
After the allegations of sexual abuse came out, several criminal investigations focused on Paduch’s conduct. He was arrested in April 2023 and is now facing federal criminal charges for unlawful sexual activity, inducing a person to travel to engage in unlawful sexual activity, and inducing a minor to engage in unlawful sexual activity. Additionally, New York authorities have suspended his license to practice medicine in the state.
The Role of Potential Third-Party Negligence in Dr. Paduch’s Abuse
Several third parties may have played a role in enabling urologist Dr. Paduch’s abuse to continue as long as it did.
Five years before Paduch’s arrest, one of his former patients filed a formal complaint with the New York State Health Department about the urologist’s sexual misconduct. The complaint alleged that Paduch required the patient to masturbate in front of him, photographed the patient’s genitalia, and asked about the patient’s taste in pornography. Unfortunately, the 2018 complaint did not result in any disciplinary action.
Although it’s possible that the Health Department investigated the complaint in good faith and failed to find evidence substantiating it, state health regulators are not allowed to discuss complaints that fail to result in formal discipline. However, it’s equally possible that the Health Department failed to take proper action regarding the complaint, especially in light of other complaints against Paduch. For example, a urology nurse had complained about Paduch’s behavior in a 2012 letter to a human resources official at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center.
In a similar situation, another of Paduch’s former patients met with Northwell Health officials in 2020 to discuss the pattern of sexual abuse he allegedly experienced under the physician’s care. The officials initially seemed to take his complaint seriously, but Paduch continued the alleged sexual abuse against patients at Northwell for two more years.
Multiple other former patients also had complained to Northwell hospital system officials. However, some of those ex-patients allege those officials tried to cover up the abuse.
Benefits of Hiring a Lawyer for a Dr. Paduch Lawsuit Claim
If Dr. Darius Paduch or any other doctor has harmed you by medical sexual assault, misconduct, or harassment, you do not need to suffer in silence any longer. You may have the right to seek justice and compensation for the harm you’ve suffered through a civil lawsuit against the perpetrator and those parties whose negligence enabled the abuse.
With the help of a lawyer experienced in medical sexual abuse claims, you can explore your legal options and make an informed decision about how to proceed. If you decide to file a lawsuit, your lawyer will handle all the legal details so you can focus on healing. A skilled and experienced attorney has the resources to level the playing field between you and the powerful medical institutions that have made you feel powerless for so long.
At Helping Survivors, we’re on a mission to help heal, educate, and empower those impacted by sexual assault and abuse. To discuss your rights and learn more about the resources available, contact us through our confidential online form. We’ll connect you with a legal professional who can provide information about your options and represent you if you wish to pursue legal action.