Dr. Anjali Ramkissoon, the Miami doctor whose attack on an Uber driver went viral on YouTube last week, has been in hiding since the incident.
But while the rest of the press stalked her at her mother’s house near North Miami Beach, Gossip Extra tracked down the five-foot Ramkissoon at her $2,000-a-month 41st-floor apartment at the Opera Tower in downtown Miami.
When we arrived at about 7 p.m. Sunday, exactly a week after the incident, it sounded like the 30-year-old neurologist was having a party.
Loud music, as well as the voices of several other people, were heard outside the apartment.
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It all went dead quiet after we knocked.
The first thing we noticed about Ramkissoon when she opened the door was that she, as she said during the attack, is really tiny.
As in five-foot, 100-pounds tiny.
Second, she appeared to be much more soft-spoken than the dragon lady who tried to kick the Uber dude in the groin then tried to hit him with a right hook after she tried to take someone else’s ride.
“How did you find me,” she asked politely. “Everybody’s been harassing my mother and my old neighbors, but they won’t talk to them. I’m trying to stay under the radar with a few friends. I didn’t realize this was going to be such a big deal. I had to change my cellphone number because strangers were calling to yell at me.”
Far from being contrite or apologetic, Ramkissoon admitted to being worried about her future because more than three million people viewed the four-minute video that a passerby captured on his phone.
Ramkissoon is, after all, licensed only as a resident neurologist at Jackson Memorial and needs to keep her nose clean to obtain her full medical license while hospital officials are considering firing her. That could affect her ability to practice medicine in the future.
Ramkissoon told us she’s suspended indefinitely and hasn’t been contacted by the hospital.
“I’ve been indeed suspended,” she said, “and I don’t even know when I’m going to get back to work. I’m getting a lawyer and a public-relations firm, but I don’t know if it’s going to do any good.
“I’m not sure I deserve what’s happening. But I don’t want to talk any more. Have a great night.”
Jennifer Piedra, a spokeswoman for Jackson Health System, said there was “no new information” about the suspension of Anjali Ramkissoon, Piedra declined to explain the next steps for Jackson Health’s internal investigation, and she did not answer questions about the hospital system’s policy for disciplining doctors under such circumstances.
Miami Herald staff writer Daniel Chang contributed to this report.