Scandal-ridden doctor blames bankruptcy on $5M divorce suit

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    Scandal-ridden doctor blames bankruptcy on $5M divorce suit
    By Julia Marsh
    March 14, 2017 | 6:35pm

    Eric Braveman
    R Umar Abbasi

    A former top doctor whose patient list included Gov. George Pataki and “Three’s Company” star Suzanne Somers has filed for bankruptcy—and he blames his financial woes on his third ex-wife

    “For many years, I was a successful and well respected doctor, specializing in the field of anti-aging medicine,” says Dr. Eric Braverman, 59, founder of the Park Avenue Path Medical Center, in the Manhattan federal filing.

    “In May 2011, I became embroiled in a highly contentious and bitter divorce proceeding with my ex-wife, Darya Braverman, which has completely drained me financially, professionally and emotionally,” he claims.

    Braverman has sunk $5 million into defending the divorce suit. The chapter 11 filing lists $10.6 million in assets and $20 million in liabilities.

    Darya Braverman’s attorney, Bettin Hindin of Hindin Deutsch PC, said the doctor likely filed for bankruptcy to avoid paying alimony, which he tallied at more than $500,000 in arrears.

    “Despite his claims of insolvency he has admitted to the court that he recently enjoyed a respite on St. Bart’s at a multi-million dollar estate,” Hindin said.

    Braverman says he’s been “wrongly vilified throughout the divorce case,” but his wounds are also self-inflicted.

    In 2014, the doctor settled a consumer protection probe by the state AG for promising patients that $10,000 to $100,000 tests would be largely covered by insurance, when they were not.

    A year later Braverman was sentenced to 15 days in jail for trying to steal confidential custody documents related to his split from his 36-year-old spouse.

    Then in 2016 he pleaded guilty to harrassing a Texas woman who’d accused him of groping her.
    Braverman’s attorney, Kevin Nash, said his client is already planning a comeback.

    “That’s the focus of the bankruptcy. He wants to become prominent doctor again, Nash said.

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