A top doctor at NYU Medical Center turned the renowned hospital into his personal sex den, forcing another physician into trysts in an office and a lab by threatening her job, a new lawsuit charges.
Married Dr. David Zagzag, chief of NYU’s neuropathology division, became the direct supervisor of Harvard-educated Dr. Irina Mikolaenko in 2012, and immediately became obsessed with her, Manhattan court papers claim.
He allegedly whispered to Mikolaenko that he got an erection just by listening to her voicemails.
And he boasted that he wore his white lab coat only to hide his excitement, the documents allege.
Mikolaenko, who is also married with children, says she went along with Zagzag’s insatiable sexual appetite because she needed a paycheck due to “financial pressures at home,” according to the suit.
“Defendant Zagzag made it be known to plaintiff that if she did not have sex with [him], she would receive poor reviews and be terminated,” said Mikolaenko’s lawyers, Matthew Blit and Russell Moriarty, who filed suit Tuesday in Manhattan federal court.
Zagzag — whose wife is a registered nurse — repeatedly forced Mikolaenko to engage in sex, sometimes in her office, according to the suit. On one occasion, he lured Mikolaenko to the hospital’s lab for sex, knowing that the technicians had already left for the afternoon, the suit claims.
By June 2014, Mikolaenko had had enough and started pushing back, but Zagzag continued to lust after her “as if she was his property,” the court papers state.