A physician committed serious medical malpractice and crimes by hooking up chronically ill female patients with heavy doses of opioids and abusing them sexually. The abuse has been going on for 15 years according to 22 pending lawsuits, hospitals ignored patients complains and failed to inform future employers about these complains.
63 year old Ricardo Cruciani would develop personal relationships with his victims. He would prescribe them significant amounts of opioids and required “in person” appointments to get a refill. When the patient would arrive in his office he would ask for sexual favors in exchange for their prescription. If the patient refused, Cruciani would deny their refill.
This sordid scenario has been going on for at least 15 years in multiple States as during his career, Cruciani worked at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in Union Square, at the Capital Institute for Neurosciences in Hopewell Township, N.J and at Drexel University in Philadelphia. He lost his medical license after he was found guilty of indecent exposure and groping 7 patients in 2017 in Philadelphia. At that time he did not go to jail but he was registered as a low-level sex offender.