A neurology resident at Jackson Health System has been placed on administrative leave after a YouTube video of her hitting and screaming profanities at an Uber driver went viral, a hospital spokeswoman confirmed in a statement.
Anjali Ramkissoon, a fourth-year resident, was “removed from all clinical duties.”
“Jackson has launched an internal investigation,” the statement reads. “The outcome of the investigation will determine whether any disciplinary action will be taken, up to and including termination.”
The video of Sunday’s incident in the Brickell area was posted Jan. 19 by someone who uses the YouTube account Juan Cinco. It had been viewed more than 500,000 times by Thursday evening. In the video, Ramkissoon, wearing short white shorts and a long-sleeved orange shirt, can be seen hitting an Uber driver in the face.
“Get some help,” the driver says to her.
She gets in the passenger side of the car and demands a ride in a profanity-laced rant.
He refuses. She then begins throwing papers, scissors and other things out of his car.
Miami police spokeswoman Frederica Burden confirmed that officers responded but said no report was taken.
“We were called for a disturbance,” she said. “There was no report written, and there will be no investigation.”
The YouTube poster, who explained that he called the Uber and she intercepted, said “it was only when they put her in the police car that she started crying, apologizing and claiming that she would lose her medical license … if she got arrested.”
The poster added that the unnamed driver accepted a settlement and didn’t press charges.
We were called for a disturbance. There was no report written, and there will be no investigation.
Frederica Burden, Miami police spokeswoman
A spokesman for Uber said in a statement Thursday that the passenger’s account has been suspended while the company investigates: “Uber expects everyone in our community to treat each other with respect and common courtesy, and we have a zero tolerance policy for all forms of harassment and abuse.”