On August 28, 2014, Joan Rivers was taken to Yorkville Endoscopy clinic in Manhattan for a vocal chord procedure. During the scheduled endoscopy to diagnose her hoarse voice, a Daily News report alleges that one of Rivers’ personal doctors noticed a possible tumor and performed an unplanned biopsy. During that procedure, the Daily News reported, the legendary comedian’s vocal chords seized, blocking her airway, and she suffered a cardiac arrest.
Yorkville Endoscopy denied that the biopsy ever took place.
By August 30, Rivers had been placed on life support in Mount Sinai hospital in New York. On September 4, Rivers died at 1:17 p.m. The exact cause of her passing has not been made public.
Here’s what we know about Dr. Korovin:
1. She Was ‘Not Authorized to Practice’ at Yorkville Endoscopy
2. She May Be the Doc Who Took a Selfie While Rivers Was Under the Knife
CNN reports that the doctor who was performing a biopsy on Rivers took a selfie while Rivers was under anesthesia, describing the doctor as “Rivers’ personal ear-nose-throat physician.”
Korovin is an ear, nose and throat specialist.
3. Her List of Celebrity Clients Includes Mick Jagger & Lady Gaga
Korovin is a doctor to the stars — especially stars with million-dollar voices.
Her Facebook page shows a picture of her in front of signed photos of Hugh Jackman and Daniel Radcliffe, and her who’s-who list of present and past patients includes Lady Gaga, Pink, Mick Jagger, Liza Minnelli, John Mayer and Luciano Pavarotti.
4. She Credits Herself With Saving Celine Dion’s Career
Dr. Korovin graduated from Cornell University undergrad in 1980 and studied medicine in the State University of New York system.
The Cornell Alumni Magazine recently paid tribute to her in piece that included this anecdote about saving Celine Dion’s career:
Celine Dion has the CALS grad on speed-dial, too. Years before she shot to superstardom, the panicked singer flew to New York for another opinion when two Canadian doctors recommended surgery on her swollen vocal cords. Instead, Korovin suggested anti-inflammatory drugs and two weeks of total silence. Dion heeded her advice—and came back from a vacation with her throat completely healed. “Had they done surgery on her, I fully believe that they would have ruined her voice,” says Korovin, whom Dion thanked after winning a Grammy in 1999. “She wouldn’t have become the world-famous singer that she is now.”
5. She ‘Has Special Expertise in Voice & Throat Problems’
According to her Facebook page:
Dr. Korovin provides treatment for all ENT problems and has special expertise in voice and throat problems.
Her page also states that she is based at 70 E. 77th Street on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.