Patient, knocked out on morphine, claims Iraq war vet doctor sexually assaulted her

David H. Newman, MD speaking at Bucknell University in April of 2015. Photo Credit: Facebook

Some disturbing allegations being made against a high-profile New York ER doctor and Iraq War vet. 45-year-old David Newman was deployed to Iraq in 2005, where he received an Army Commendation Medal.. He also served as a major in the US Army Reserves.

Now, the Albany Medical College graduate is facing some serious accusations involving a  22-year-old patient who was in his care.

David Newman

The unidentified woman came to the ER at Mt. Sinai in Manhattan Monday night, complaining of shoulder pain. According to the NY Daily News, nurses gave the woman two pain pills and a shot for inflammation, but when the pain persisted, they administered morphine.

The patient “took off her top and bra and got into a gown for an X-ray, but kept her pants on,” the paper reported.

When Dr. Newman entered the woman’s room, he reportedly told her he was going to give her a shot of morphine. Before she could refuse the second shot, the patient said she felt a “burning sensation” in her arm.

During the exam, she claims Dr. Newman fondled her breasts, after she complained of chest pain.  He then “moved her bed away from the wall and positioned himself with his back toward the patient.” The woman heard the doctor masturbating, and she then claims she felt “a liquid substance hit her face.”

The patient was incapacitated from the morphine and could not move. Sometime later,  another physician came in the room to wake her and when the patient got up to go to the bathroom she reportedly found “semen on her face and chest.”

“She wiped it off with a gown, which she then placed in a plastic bag along with the bedding,” sources told the Daily News. The woman wanted to speak with the staff supervisor but after being told that it was Dr. Newman, she left the hospital.

While it’s unclear if police have already questioned Dr. Newman or pressed any charges. a hospital spokeswoman said in a statement: “This is a matter under investigation and we are fully cooperating with the appropriate authorities. We take this matter very seriously and are conducting our own internal investigation.”


  • Michele graduated with a B.S. in Telecommunication from the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. She has spent numerous years working in the news industry in south Florida, including many positions ranging from being a news writer at WSVN, the Fox affiliate in Miami to being an associate news producer at WPLG-TV, the ABC affiliate in Miami. Michele has also worked in Public Relations and Marketing.

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