Sep 19, 2014

Dr. Gwen Korovin ID’d as doc who snapped selfie with Joan Rivers during surgery: report

‘Patron saint of Broadway singers’ Dr. Gwen Korovin hasn't yet commented on news reports that she was the physician who did a biopsy on Joan Rivers' vocal cords that allegedly led to her death, nor on accusations that she snapped a selfie with the comedian while the latter was under anesthesia.


Maybe she needed another celebrity photo for her office wall?

Dr. Gwen Korovin, reportedly one of the doctors in the room when Joan Rivers went into cardiac and respiratory arrest, was revealed Thursday to be the New York physician who snapped a sick selfie while the doomed comedienne was under anesthesia.

CNN, which broke the original story, reported that Korovin was the previously unidentified ear, nose and throat doctor who stopped to collect the sick souvenir.

Korovin has been dubbed the “patron saint of Broadway singers and actors” and the walls of her E. 77th St. office are lined with pictures and thank-you notes from stars she has helped.

That’s a roster ranging from Hugh Jackman, Kristin Chenoweth and Julie Andrews to Celine Dion, Mick Jagger and the late Luciano Pavarotti.


The embarrassing revelation came a day after Korovin was outed by TMZ.com as the doctor who accompanied Rivers to the Yorkville Endoscopy clinic on the Upper East Side.

Korovin, who was given her saintly nickname by Patti LuPone, was Rivers’ personal physician and was not authorized to practice medicine at the clinic.

The celebrity doctor has yet to weigh in on the potentially career-damaging scandal. She was at her office but was not taking phone calls.

Neither the clinic nor Rivers’ daughter, Melissa, has said a word about Korovin’s alleged involvement in the Aug. 28 visit to the E. 93rd St. facility that resulted in Rivers’ eventual death.



Rivers, 81, was brought to the private clinic for an endoscopy after complaining about being hoarse, sources said. She died eight days later on Sept. 4.

The Daily News reported a short time after her death that Rivers had brought along a personal doctor who insisted on performing a biopsy of the vocal cords after one of the clinic’s doctors found something wrong.

That caused Rivers’ larynx to tighten up, cutting off her air supply and causing her to go into respiratory and cardiac arrest, sources told The News.

The death of Brooklyn-born Rivers is now being investigated by the state Health Department and the city medical examiner.

Yorkville Endoscopy has not confirmed that Rivers was a patient and insists a vocal cord biopsy has never been done at the facility.

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