Miami Doctor Placed on Leave After Confrontation With Uber Driver Goes Viral | NBC 6 South Florida

Miami Doctor Placed on Leave After Confrontation With Uber Driver Goes Viral

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    A neurology resident employed by Miami's Jackson Health System has been placed on administrative leave after a controversial video involving an Uber driver went viral. NBC 6's Jamie Guirola has an exclusive interview with the driver. (Published Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016)

    A neurology resident employed by Miami's Jackson Health System has been placed on administrative leave after a controversial video involving an Uber driver went viral.

    According to a statement from Jackson Health, Dr. Anjali Ramkissoon, a fourth-year resident, has been placed on leave, effective immediately, and removed from all clinical duties. The statement also says an internal investigation has been launched, and the outcome will determine whether any disciplinary action will be taken.

    The incident started when Ramkissoon got into an Uber vehicle without a reservation and refused to get out.

    The driver, Igor Belic, said she wasn't his customer, but demanded a ride and ripped the keys from him, "She was erratic. She was screaming, cursing, calling me names."

    A video was uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday, showing Ramkissoon in a confrontation with Belic in Brickell, which happened on Sunday.

    The video shows Belic asking witnesses to call 911, as he held Ramkissoon's wrists, because he believed she was getting violent. The video shows a scuffle between the two, with Ramkissoon hitting the driver. Then it shows her kicking the driver, and him pushing her to the ground.

    Ramkissoon got up, got into the Uber vehicle and began throwing items, which included a scissors and his cellphone, out of his car and into the street. After several minutes, she eventually got out and walked away.

    **Warning: The video below contains graphic language and content**

    NBC 6 went to Ramkissoon's Miami home to get a statement, but was told to leave the property. Ultimately, Belic decided not to press charges.

    "If she's a good doctor and she can help people, I wouldn't want her to lose her license. Maybe she's a really good doctor," Belic said.

    Uber released the following statement regarding the incident.

    "Uber expects everyone associated with the platform - both drivers and riders - to conduct themselves with a shared level of respect and common courtesy, and all forms of harassment and abuse are not tolerated. We have suspended the rider account of this individual as we investigate the incident."

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