Revoke Dr. Ferdous Khandker’s Medical License

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Trigger Warning- Contains Details of Molestation

Dr. Ferdous Khandaker is a well known US Physician practicing internal medicine in the Jackson Heights community.  More than a dozen women have come forward in accusing Dr. Ferdous Khandker of sexually molesting them during his office visits. He exhibits a very disturbing pattern of highly inappropriate behavior towards women and children. 

On June 24, 2020 an instagram user, jellyjamyy posted about a friend who was the first one to share her story of what happened to her in the hands of this man at the age of 15. After this story was posted, many women came forward with their own personal traumatic stories with this doctor anonymously. Here are some of the allegations. (TRIGGER WARNING) 

Incident 1: "This incident took place on February 5th, 2020. He just took me right into his office and started looking at me in a nasty way. I let that go. Then he came to me with his stethoscope and pulled my t-shirt without even asking for my consent. I was quite uncomfortable and tried to pull my t-shirt back down. He started smiling at me disgustingly and passed comments about my bra. He stared at my boobs for a minute and I tried pushing him away. Then he just grabbed my nipples with a nasty smile on his face. That’s when I lost it and pushed him hard. He realized I was mad and tried to deescalate the situation by saying if you want you can call your mom. Mom came in and was asking him about my health, but I rushed her out. I told my mom everything and she wanted to go in and confront him. I was too scared and ashamed of the incident that I didn’t want to make a scene out of it. I’m having nightmares and anxiety attacks and I decided I’m going to speak up and stop this guy from harassing any other woman ever again."

Incident 2: “Back when I was about 14 I believe, I went to this doctor because I was sick. He came inside the room and with his back to my mom who was sitting in the chair and blocked her visual from me. The way he stood, he was covering me. He took the stethoscope and went straight to my nipple and rubbed it all around. He didn’t check to hear my lungs or my heart beat. He looked at me in a very disgusting way.  He didn't even take the time to ask me how I was feeling or what was wrong with me. He touched my breasts and left. I was too afraid to speak up then. I was also in denial because he is a very well known doctor in my community, I knew no one would believe my story.”

Incident 3: “So In 2017-18 I was a new immigrant and I went to him to get a reference for an OBGYN. I told him of other issues I was experiencing like how my eyes were watering and hurting for a while due to a cold. As I was speaking, he casually started checking up on my breast asking where it hurts. I never told him it hurt there to begin with. He did not ask for my permission and I immediately jerked away from him.  After that I never got it checked because he didn’t refer me to anyone and I wasn’t given any new medications. The 2nd time,  I was there for only my mom. I did not need to interact with him. He saw me I think and called me and my mom in.  He kept casually chit chatting and he brushed his hands on my chest multiple times while doing so. I started to go stiff as he was holding my wrist the whole time.”

There are many more testimonies like this with similar patterns of him handling  women and young girls in a manner that is inappropriate and unnecessary. He manipulates patients into believing that it is normal procedure despite them being uncomfortable. In regards to him seeing young patients, this man is not a pediatrician and he legally cannot see anyone under the age of 18. However, he continued to check many underage girls. Many people question how this is possible, but the community of doctors in this area is very known to not follow proper procedure.

Although he is highly sought after in the Bengali community, according to many testimonies from the victims and reviews online, he has abused his medical powers in many ways from insurance fraud to assaulting women. Many of the accounts from the victims follow a similar pattern. He has also misdiagnosed many patients due to negligence. He has given them the wrong medicine, refused to pay attention to their health problems and in one case, was even texting on his phone and laughing while an elderly patient tried to tell him what was wrong with him. 

Incident 4: “He is known to neglect elderly and male patients and pays special attention to females. I took my grandfather to him for a doctors appointment and he was on his cell phone texting the whole time as my grandfather was speaking to him telling him what was wrong. I yelled at him to put his phone down and left with my grandfather. A month later my grandfather ended up in a coma because this man misdiagnosed him and the doctors at mount sinai let us know he was taking the wrong medication. ” There are many more disturbing statements of malpractice like this.

Many of these statements include bengali women who are students, daughters, sisters, wives, mothers and aunties who are too afraid to speak out against him. They wish to remain anonymous to avoid facing backlash from this man and his extensive number of followers. He is very well known in the Bengali community due to a heavy media presence from his personal website where he claims to be affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital, youtube, facebook, and even news outlets. His followers are quick to claim that these allegations are made purely for the political campaign used against him back in Bangladesh. The doctor himself regularly claims that he gets backlash because of this. We are not coming forth with these allegations for any political reasons. We just want justice for the women he assaulted and for him to never abuse his medical power again.

Please help these victims share their stories and get justice. Steps of legal action are being made currently but we need to raise awareness about this man. Sign this petition so we can keep this doctor from assaulting more innocent victims who are only seeking professional medical help. No one should have to visit a doctors office and leave violated. He believes he can get away with this behavior because of his high status in the community and the excuse of it all being for “medical procedure”. We cannot allow him to thrive while hurting our community silently anymore.