EAST MEADOW, N.Y. — A Long Island surgeon has been arrested for assaulting a nurse at Nassau University Medical Center.

Police say Venkatesh Sasthakonar, of Albertson, approached the 51-year-old female nurse from behind and wrapped an elastic cord around her neck.

The surgeon then left the hospital in East Meadow, but returned several hours later and was taken into police custody.

Police say it happened on Monday after the two had a disagreement.

Sasthakonar was arraigned Tuesday on charges of strangulation and assault. Information on his lawyer wasn’t immediately available.

The medical center released a statement saying the doctor has been suspended and that at no time was patient safety affected.

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