The doctor who performed the endoscopy on Joan Rivers and then allowed her personal doctor to perform the alleged fatal biopsy on her has stepped down from his position as medical director in the clinic.
On Friday, a rep for Yorkville Endoscopy clinic confirmed that Dr Lawrence Cohen – renowned gastroenterologist and the clinic’s co-owner – has been stripped of his position … even though they do not blame him for Rivers’ death.
Instead, their decision to fire him was because he allowed Rivers’ ENT doctor to perform the unauthorized procedure … which led to the fatal outcome.
On Thursday, the clinic insisted in a statement that they never perform biopsies, refuting a New York Daily News story that claimed otherwise. This decision to fire Cohen may have just lent credibility to the newspaper’s report.