August 4, 2020

NYC plastic surgeon who once treated Snooki must face botched nose-job lawsuit, judge rules

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Plastic surgeon Dr. Ramtin Kassir J.C. Rice

A Manhattan plastic surgeon — who has given “Jersey Shore’s” Snooki lip injections — must face a lawsuit for allegedly botching a nose job to correct a breathing problem and forging documents after, a judge has ruled.

Arevik Khurdayan went to doctor Ramtin Kassir, to fix a breathing problem because of a deviated septum. But the office — which does both plastic surgery and procedures for snoring and sinus problems — up-sold her a cosmetic nose job at the same time with a false promise they’d fix her breathing with a dual procedure called a septorhinoplasty, a 2017 Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit alleges.

The 34-year-old woman — a lawyer who had the procedure done in February 2016 — says the doctor performed cosmetic work, but did not fix her breathing problem, the suit alleged.

And, her problems got worse after the surgery and she ended up needed more procedures by a different doctor to finally fix the deviated septum, polyps and blockages in her nose, the court papers say.

After, Khurdayan allegedly struggled to get her records from the doctor and when she finally did she said that the office forged her signatures and initials on multiple informed consent forms.  Also, she claimed her medical records lacked basic information about her being intubated and knocked out for the procedure, the court papers said.

“Shockingly, the records provided include multiple consent forms that include signatures and initials that not only look nothing like Ms. Khurdayan’s signature or initials, but are identical to that of a nurse who signed other forms,” Khurdayan alleged in court papers from January 2019.

Kassir — who has also done work on “Real Housewives of New Jersey’s” Jacqueline Laurita’s nose — argues that this was because of a “glitch” in their system which “inadvertently  populated consent forms with the plaintiff’s signature from another document into various medical provider signature fields on blank pre-operative records,” the court documents say.

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Joan Madden last week rejected the doctor’s bid to have multiple claims in the lawsuit tossed and said the case could go forward on breach of contract, medical malpractice, lack of informed consent and forgery.

“She should have gotten the operation that they agreed upon and she didn’t,” said Khurdayan’s lawyer, Steve Cohen of Pollock Cohen. “After denying her access to her medical records we discovered multiple forgeries and she still had to undergo a second operation … and has endured unreasonable pain and suffering all because of his cover up.”

Plastic surgeon Dr. Ramtin KassirJ.C. Rice

Kassir’s lawyer, Lawrence Rosenblatt, said that the judge’s ruling was procedural noting she “did not rule upon the merit of any allegation made by the plaintiff.”

Rosenblatt also pointed out that four of the claims in the lawsuit had been dismissed by the judge, which Cohen said he didn’t oppose because they ended up being repetitive.

“The defendants continue to maintain that the plaintiff’s allegations are baseless and will continue to defend the remaining claims on the merits, whether through future motion practice at the conclusion of discovery or at trial,” Rosenblatt said.

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