Dr Gwen Korovin is well-respected as the ‘throat specialist to the stars,’ but that reputation may be fading fast, as it has been revealed that she was the doctor presiding over Joan Rivers’ fatal surgery. The 56-year-old is an ear, nose and throat specialist who works out of Manhattan. She was in the room when Rivers went into cardiac arrest following a biopsy. It has even been reported that Korovin took a selfie in the operating room.
Korovin counts Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Hugh Jackman, Celine Dion and Julie Andrews among her long list of celebrity clients, but it’s unlikely that any of these stars will be returning to her for treatment now. Jackman performed at the legendary comedienne’s funeral.
While she has not commented on the death of Joan Rivers, Korovin was once quoted as saying:
“Patients come to me with a range of complaints and I treat them all, including performing surgery when needed – like the removal of polyps and cysts – and treating upper respiratory problems and cleaning out sinuses. I like to be conservative and go as far as possible with medical treatment before doing surgery.”
Rivers arrived at Yorkville Endoscopy clinic on the morning of August 28 for a diagnostic procedure in hopes of pinpointing exactly what was causing her chronic sore throat and hoarse voice. Gastroenterologist Dr. Lawrence Cohen, Yorkville’s medical director, was slated to perform the surgery.
During the procedure, a last minute decision was made to perform a biopsy on Rivers’ vocal chords. Korovin, who was in attendance during the surgery as Rivers’ personal doctor, was allegedly the one who performed the biopsy, despite the fact that she is not certified by the clinic as the law requires.
If Korovin’s patient had not been famous, we would probably never have heard of her and she would likely not be held accountable as the one responsible for the death of her patient. However, given the circumstances of this highly-publicised story, it is likely that Korovin will be dragged into court and may even be stripped of her license to practice medicine.
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