NY Medical Board Charges Psychiatrist Arnold Mandelstam with Harassing Patients, Moral Unfitness; Probed Vulnerable Female Patients for Details of Their Sex Lives

June 17, 2022

On October 18, 2021, the New York State Board for Professional Medical Conduct issued a Statement of Charges against psychiatrist Arnold Mandelstam, charging him with willfully harassing, abusing, or intimidating a patient; negligence on more than one occasion; gross negligence; and moral unfitness.

The Board’s document includes the following details which form the basis of the charges:

A. Mandelstam treated “Patient A” from on or about February 6, 2014 through on or about May 25,2017. Patient A sought treatment with Mandelstam after her brother's sudden death from a heroin overdose and reported a history of a traumatic childhood and worsening depression. Mandelstam deviated from accepted medical standards in that he:

1. Made inappropriate sexual remarks to Patient A not for a legitimate medical purpose.

2. Asked Patient A inappropriate sexual questions not for a legitimate medical purpose.

3. Told Patient A intimate details of his personal life with his wife not for a legitimate medical purpose.

4. Made references to his own body and physical condition to Patient not for a legitimate medical purpose.

5. On or about May 25, 2017, continued to probe Patient A about her sex life not for a legitimate medical purpose, during which time he put his hand in his pocket and began rubbing his penis. Patient A saw that he had an erection. This was the last session Patient A attended with Respondent.

B. Mandelstam treated “Patient B” from on or about October 12, 2000 through on or about June 18, 2009. Patient B sought treatment with Mandelstam for her reported anxiety which she attributed to her significant history of childhood sexual abuse. Mandelstam deviated from accepted medical standards in that he:

1. Made inappropriate sexual remarks to Patient B not for a legitimate medical purpose.

2. Asked Patient B inappropriate sexual questions not for a legitimate medical purpose.

3. Told Patient B intimate details of his personal life with his wife not for a legitimate medical purpose.

4. Made references to his own body and physical condition to Patient B not for a legitimate medical purpose.

Source: Statement of Charges in the Matter of Arnold Mandelstam, M.D., New York State Department of Health State Board for Professional Medical Conduct, October 18, 2021.

Arnold Mandelstam MD
2022-08-04 05:54:43
The above accusations are totally false and grossly misleading. People can accuse you of things which are not consistent with reality. NY State OPMC has done a disservice to not only Dr Mandelstam but to the many patients who%u2019s care has been disrupted. OPMC has created a bizarre narrative based on erroneous assumptions and cares more about %u201C%u201Dwinning%u201D a %u201C%u201Dcase%u201D then about truth and peoples medical needs.

Arnold Mandelstam MD
2022-08-05 10:15:11
These charges are inaccurate. They will be dismissed when the NY OPMC finishes its investigation. In America we are innocent until proven guilty. Remember this with your postings.

stacy falk
2022-08-09 16:30:31
There is not a chance in hell this man ever did anything like he%u2019s been accused of! He is the most professional wonderful human being that I%u2019ve ever met in my life I would bet my life on it

Joyce Franceschina
2022-08-12 03:23:11
These charges against Dr. Mandelstam shocked me and when investigated will be proven lies. I have been his patient since 2000 and know that he treated me with the utmost respect and professionalism. Dr. Mandelstam is a gifted, special human being.

Bud Lee
2022-08-12 14:47:19
It looks like Dr. Mandelstam was online, Googling himself, found this story, and then recruited some friends to post comments in support of him. Anything else is too coincidental.

2022-08-18 08:57:18
No %u201CBud Lee%u201D Dr. Mandelstam has patients that love him, and will truly suffer as a result of this absurd allegation. Clearly this patient suffers from some sort of paranoia given her unfortunate past. However, anyone who has ever been a patient of Dr. Mandelstam will stand behind him. We miss you Dr. M!!

2022-09-21 10:45:30
As of today, Mr. Mandstam is no longer a doctor. His license to practice has been taken away.

2022-09-28 05:12:37
Say this is not so about Dr. Mandestam?

K. Heimowitz
2022-09-28 20:03:28
I have been treated by Dr. Arnold Mandelstam for about 30years and I feel he is NOT quilty of these charges brought up on him. He has always been an upstanding individual and he practiced with the utmost integrity. He never made me feel uncomfortable and was always respectful. This verdict is a travesty on his good name.

Kristyn Long
2022-09-29 08:06:26
Dr. Mandelstam has never been anything short of a true professional as well as he would give me several perspectives as his patient and for him to understand me as a doctor. A person with average intelligence may recognize, that a Doctor must see where his patients are at. Emotionally and mentally. It would take a very weak being and a permanently damaged mind to ever accuse My Dr. , our Dr. Mandelstam, of these things.
Doc is one of the kindest men I know. And from his heart. It%u2019s just strange these women saw him for several years, than they realized years later they were what? Uncomfortable , or unhealthy enough for Dr Mandelstam to continue treating and not refer them elsewhere. ?? Please comment back and post , Doc I%u2019ll be the first to say, you are one of the most morally fit men I know. And that comes from my heart. Only you know my history, and only you will. You gave me confidence when I had none and you gave me hope. Ultimately what you gave me was your time. I would never mistake you for the cruel accusations brought upon you.

Psychcrime.org administrator
2022-09-29 09:39:42
It is true: Dr. Mandelstam's license was revoked Sept. 21, 2022. The New York State Department of Health's "Determination and Order" document in the matter is quite thorough in laying out and examining the charges against him. You can read it here: https://on.ny.gov/3CkmdCj

2022-09-29 14:22:59
I am saddened to hear this. It breaks my heart.
@Kristyn Long. I ask myself the same question about these women, why did it take them so long to report this and come at Dr. Mandelstam with these ludicrous accusations? Our Dr. M? Really?
He has been nothing but a kind gentle man who cares about all of his patients. These women have ruined the lives of so many women and men including myself. I do not know what I am going to do with out him, he was my life line, my light.
We love you and miss you Dr. M.

K. Heimowitz
2022-09-29 15:01:15
I read all about it and I still strongly believe he is NOT quilty of what those two patients said he did! I know him as a kind and caring doctor trying to help his paients to get better!

Madelaine Kasden
2022-09-30 07:08:22
I worked in the same medical building as Dr. Mandelstam for many years. The doctor I worked for would refer patients in need of psychiatric help to Dr. Mandelstam, because Dr. Mandelstam was known to be competent, caring, professional. When my son passed away, over twenty-five years ago, I was referred to Dr. Mandelstam. I have been his patient ever since. Dr. Mandelstam compassionately helped me with my grief, as well as other issues in my life. Never once did he say or do anything that would be construed as inappropriate or unprofessional. Revoking his license leaves many people saddened and outraged. To think of all the people he could have helped in the future...this decision is a travesty.

Lisa Horowitz
2022-09-30 15:05:41
After 30 years I have lost not only my doctor but someone I viewed as a father figure. I am devastated and work with people who have decompensated due to noncompliance with medication. Now I am in danger of decompensating without medication and treatment. This is NOT the man I've known since I was 21. I know from personal and professional experience how hard it is to find a provider you can trust. He went above and beyond to help me navigate through hell and back. I'm worried about the patients who will be without proper treatment because of this injustice. Another tremendous loss to an already irrevocably broken mental health system. %uD83D%uDE22

J Goldberg
2022-09-30 16:37:30
Dr. Mandelstam is a wonderful doctor who has helped me tremendously sort out my problems for many years. He has never, ever been inappropriate with me. Always professional, always kind. Throughout the years I have referred many of my friends to him and he kindly and professionally treated them as well. They all told me he was a wonderful doctor and a super human being. Although hebhas been charged with this heinous behavior, I believe it%u2019s wrong. This is conclusion is unjustified. I truly miss my kind, professional doctor.

2022-10-09 07:37:48
Anyone who knows Dr. M can safely say with full certainty these charges are bogus.

2022-10-11 11:40:12
He may have been a wonderful doctor to some but NOT ALL. Why did it take so long? Because the initial complaint was not sufficient enough. Then additional complaints came in and realized Dr. Mandelstam is a sleeze behind closed doors! Those poor patients.

Jean Gee
2022-10-12 06:24:34

Steven Newman
2022-10-19 18:00:20
I%u2019m a long standing patient of Dr. Mandelstam. He%u2019s a terrific therapist. I highly doubt these charges are true. I%u2019ve seen numerous therapists in my life. Some insist on a completely blank slate. Others share details from their day to day to help coach and reflect. Talking about his wife is not malpractice or harassment. I wish you the best Dr. M.

2022-10-21 12:42:19
I'm just in awe this. This is not the Dr I knew and I can't imagine this to be true. It is disturbing. I don't understand how they can take way his license and say he is guilty with no proof. This is something that can't be proved. So now all of his patients have lost him. Will they be pressing charges or only seeking to do what has been done?
I do find it odd both patients have similar stories.

Steven Newman
2022-10-29 02:59:32
I wrote on an earlier post but got annoyed rereading this as well as the unfair article in the NY Post. I%u2019ve just sent an email to the OPMC. I%u2019ve started a petition for his reinstatement. If you or anyone you know feels the same as I do please sign the petition and pass it on. Link below:


Steven Newman
2022-10-29 03:00:27


2022-10-30 18:19:52
I have been a patient of Dr mandestam for over twenty years. I am in shock over this.dr mandestam has been my lifeline. He has been the most caring and professional human being and doctor ever. He has helped my family through tough times including my son who has autism. Currently I'm so lost scared and anxious.this is absurd. I hope you get the justice you deserve. Your patience deserve.may your appeal bring you back to us dear Dr mandestam

Sue Sykes
2022-11-01 16:24:54
If Dr. Mandelstam was going to attempt to fight this, he would have done it. He was given an opportunity to present his side of the story. The OPMC issues charges against a lot of doctors every year. I read most of the documents that involve psychiatrists and I've seen how some put up a strong defense. There's probably a good reason Dr. Mandelstam did not (or appears to have not).

A petition is a nice thought but will not be enough to compel the state to reinstate his license.

Sue Sykes
2022-11-01 16:25:45
If you want to read more, here's the article on the actual revocation: https://bit.ly/3Wzr1vV

2022-11-01 19:25:38
Dr. Mandelstam is fighting this.. he was WRONGLY ACCUSED.. @ Steven Neuman I will sign the petition.. Dr. Mandelstam is well loved by his patients n has always remained professional!!!!!!!!!

Aunt Bee
2022-11-19 09:02:00
Dr Mandelstam was and is a wonderful doctor. Caring, understanding and made a difference to me and others.
These charges do not sound like they are true. I have been a patient of Dr Mandelstam%u2019s for many years and never did I feel uncomfortable in his office while being treated by him. He was a true professional. Sounds like these two accusers had their own issues.
Ruined a good doctor%u2019s character, his sense of fulfillment in his career. Miss him

2022-12-05 13:55:39
There is no evidence of this; it's her word against the doctor! Don't forget that there are no cameras or recordings in these one to one sessions. Many women are opportunists, and this I truly believe is the case here. Hopefully Dr. Mandelstam is exonerated in the appeals process. I was a patient of his for 20 plus years, and he was the best psychiatrist that I had seen. I am alive because of this man.

2022-12-06 22:06:00
Hi Don.. you are absolutely right .. because of false allegations it destroyed an EXCELLENT PSYCHIATRIC MD.. hopefully Dr.Mandelstam will win his appeal.. in this case the medical board made a wrongful decision..Dr.Mandelstam%u2019s patients love him n he has always remained 100% professional

2022-12-28 21:29:58
There are recordings. And voicemails. And I am nauseous reading some of these comments. You think every perpetrator does these things to everyone they meet? They don't. They pick on the most vulnerable. It's sad. Victim shaming. Disgusting. What did the women get out of this?? No civil suits were filed. Someone said he was like a father figure to them. I know that same feeling. Until it was taken away by actions a father should never do. And it's devastating to lose that. Takes the air out of your lungs. Just goes to show that you never really know someone or their intentions.I am.sad for those of you who feel a loss.

Jean Bach
2023-03-06 15:26:31
This is an outrage. I have been with Dr Mandelstam for 33 Year%u2019s. All of these accusations are absolutely false.
This is not in Dr Mandelstam %u2018s character. He could never be a part of this behavior that he is accused of doing.
His professionalism is engrained in him. He could never deviate from that in any way under any circumstance.
These two women need God in their lives. Someone to lead them on the path of justice not the path of wickedness & character assassination of an innocent doctor which they have chosen. Clearly their souls are under the control of the Evil One at this time. There can be no real rest or peace for them in their hearts.

Abby F.
2023-04-19 12:35:09
I do hope that those who accused Dr. Mandelstam falsely will meet their karma. I was a patient 25 years ago and returned 6 years back. He has been extremely helpful/insightful, thoughtful/caring, and always professional. I do not believe those prosecuting this case were fair and without an agenda. So many patients lost out due to a couple of patients with obvious problems and prosecutors who pursued this case on matters other than merit.

Robert Sylvan
2023-05-16 13:16:49
I have been with Dr. M since 1998 and he has always been the consumate professional. I am personally saddened as I wish I could still be under his care, and I am angry that his career and professional standing has been damaged by something so beyond belief. Character assassination by individuals with undeniable mental health problems, has indirectly harmed all of us whom he has been admirably and respectfully treating over the decades. I hope he finds solace in knowing that he has saved my life and helped countless others over the decades of his career.

2023-05-25 00:56:19
I agree with you Robert Sylvan.. the damage to Dr. Mandelstam%u2019s career as a psychiatrist ..created by the patient%u2019s lies is so HORRIBLE n indirectly harmed his patients that Dr. Mandelstam has helped n saved so many lives.. he has always remained professional..

Sue Sykes
2023-05-29 15:53:07
Professional licensing boards don't take disciplinary actions against licensees based on lies. They have to find a pretty high level of credibility in the complainant, a low level of credibility in the licensee, and whatever manner of evidence may be presented.

Psychiatrists are an infamously horny bunch, with overwhelming evidence which shows a proclivity to engage their vulnerable patients in sexual acts and sexual relationships.

This instance of misconduct by Dr. Mandelstam is likely only the tip of a much larger and sexually licentious iceberg.

2023-05-30 07:17:25
@SueSykes: Do you know Dr. Mandelstam? Have you been a patient of his for 15 years? Do you have any idea how many lives he has saved? Do you know how it feels to lose a lifeline?
Is there even one iota of evidence of sexual misconduct? (it's just he said, she said)
NO!....so do not be so quick to judge someone you don't know or even met for that matter. There are two sides to every story. You should speak to the hundreds of patients he has treated and they will all tell you that he is one of the utmost professional, kind, caring, experienced psychiatrists out there. Anyone would be lucky to have been treated by him.
It is a travesty what these patients accused Dr. Mandelstam of. I pray for those women that they may find peace within themselves after not only destroying his life but the lives of so many others.
We love you Dr. Mandelstam!

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