The doctor who performed a procedure on Joan Rivers’ throat at a New York clinic where Rivers went into cardiac arrest last month has been fired by the clinic, TMZ.com reports.
“Sources at Yorkville Endoscopy tell us Dr. Lawrence Cohen stepped down after the board asked him to do so — however the board isn’t directly blaming him for Joan’s death,” the story reports, adding: “A rep for the clinic confirmed he was ousted from his position as medical director.”
Cohen was apparently under fire for allowing Rivers’ ear, nose and throat specialist to conduct an unauthorized procedure, which has been reported by some media outlets to be a biopsy. The clinic has denied that a biopsy occurred, as we reported previously.
Rivers reportedly went into respiratory and cardiac arrest while she was being worked on at the clinic. She was transferred to Mount Sinai Hospital, where she died Sept. 4.
The TMZ report adds: “Cohen is a world renowned gastroenterologist … and also co-owner of Yorkville. He’s been on administrative leave since Joan’s procedure on August 28.”
Dr. Lawrence B. Cohen