Subway Icon Dr. Jonathan Zizmor Stumbles Into Yeshiva University Abuse Scandal

Famed N.Y. acne doctor endows fellowship in Macy Gordon's name, and calls him ‘best teacher I have had.’

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To millions of New Yorkers, Jonathan Zizmor is the don of dermatology. But to some victims of sex abuse, Zizmor is the donor who established a scholarship in their alleged molester’s name.

Zizmor, who is renowned across New York City’s five boroughs for his campy subway advertisements promoting cosmetic procedures, gave $250,000 to Yeshiva University High School for Boys in 2002 to endow the Rabbi Macy Gordon Scholarship.

Gordon is one of two rabbis accused of molesting students at the YU-run high school, according to a lawsuit filed July 8 in U.S. District Court. Nineteen former students accuse YU administrators and staff of covering up physical and sexual abuse at the school.

Three of the former students say that Gordon, a Talmud teacher, abused them. One of those men, who says Gordon sodomized him with a toothbrush, “experiences extreme emotional distress whenever he sees [Zizmor’s] name on the subway,” according to the suit.

Dr. Jonathan Zizmor’s ads are ubiquitous in the New York subway system.Credit: Flickr/The Forward