NYU Langone Doctor Takes Advantage of Transgender Patient; Hach & Rose Fights for Justice

Posted on Monday, September 13th, 2021 at 9:48 pm    

A person who makes the brave decision to medically transition with the help of a doctor will not have an easy time regardless of the situation. The cruelty of a doctor who decides to take advantage of a young child going through a difficult time is immeasurable. A study found that 47% of transgender people are sexually assaulted at some point during their lifetime. No one should ever be sexually assaulted, but it is especially abhorrent for a doctor to abuse the trust of a young patient, scarring them for life.

Our client was assigned female at birth and sought medical advice regarding his transition around 2016, when he was 15. He began seeing Dr. Mariano Casto-Magana, a Pediatric Endocrinologist who worked at NYU Langone Hospital. Dr. Magana always scheduled our client’s appointments early in the morning, before anyone else came into the office, at 5 or 6 AM. He would not allow our client’s father into the examination room and made our client disrobe completely at every appointment. He then performed invasive and unnecessary examinations. As an adolescent who had never seen an endocrinologist, our client did not know that these examinations were not normal, and only found out when he spoke with other transgender individuals. He cancelled all future appointments with Dr. Magana once he realized the truth. Unfortunately, our client was not Dr. Magana’s only victim. He abused many other patients who were also transitioning. Hach and Rose is also suing NYU Langone for its negligence and failure in stopping this doctor’s crimes.

The effect of Dr. Magana’s abuse is permanent. Our client suffers severe emotional distress and continues to seek medical and psychological treatment to heal from the trauma. Dr. Magana’s actions cannot go unpunished, and Hach & Rose will hold NYU Langone accountable for their negligence. We will not rest until his crimes are acknowledged. Sexual abuse by a doctor is a serious crime. If you are a survivor of sexual abuse by a doctor, or your child has been abused by a doctor, contact the knowledgeable and compassionate attorneys at Hach & Rose at (212) 779-0057 for a complimentary review of your case.

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