BEVERLY HILLS (CBSLA) – An anesthesiologist pleaded not guilty Thursday to murder in the death of a 71-year-old plastic surgery patient in Beverly Hills this fall.

Stephen Kyosung Kim, 53, is charged in the Sept. 26 death of the patient, Dr. Mark Greenspan, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Kim pleaded not guilty to a single count of murder at his arraignment Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court and remains free on bail. Kim was arrested Wednesday by Beverly Hills police.

While working at the Rodeo Drive Plastic Surgery Center in Beverly Hills, Kim allegedly administered medicine to sedate Greenspan before surgery, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Kim is accused of injecting himself with an unknown drug during the procedure, then allegedly giving Greenspan a lethal dose of Demerol while the patient was in a recovery room, according to the D.A’s Office. Soon after being administered that dose, the D.A. alleged Greenspan went into cardiac arrest and died.

If convicted as charged, he faces up to 25 years to life in prison.

Kim’s next hearing is scheduled for Jan. 25. He is out on bail.

KCAL9’s Rachel Kim (no relation to the suspect) spoke to the alleged victim’s sister by phone Thursday.

“I am really raw,” says Linda Resnick, “I truly am. My brother is such a deep loss to me.”

She said it’s also a big loss to his patients.

dr mark greemspan Beverly Hills Anesthesiologist Pleads Not Guilty To Murdering Patient, Another Doc

Icredit: Linda Resnick)

“He loved what he did,” she said,  “And so many of his patients are going to miss him. He worked for 38 years [at seven different offices] in Southern California.”

For now, his sister can only mourn his loss. “It’s just painful, very very painful,” she said.

Keeping her focused is believing her brother’s death will not be in vain.

“I do believe justice will prevail,” she said, “I miss him really terribly.”

Kim reached out to Dr. Kim but he did not return her call.

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Comments (4)
  1. this story is really understating the facts. Dr. Greenspan was a huge pilar in the workers compensation system. In a system that has turned against the doctors, making it almost impossible for physicians to do their job as doctors, Dr. Greenspan was one of the few left who still did his duty as an Orthopedic Surgeon/ QME, and helped the injured workers get through one of the hardest times in their lives. From Police officers, down to the your local cashiers, even County workers, MTA Bus drivers, etc, the list goes on. The number of patients/injured workers, are now left without someone on their side. This is a huge blow and devastation to the Work Comp community, especially to the injured workers. This story is bigger than what you may think. you just have to do your homework. RIP Dr. Mark Greenspan.

  2. Dr. Greenspan was my husband’s doctor the past few years &, ironically, mine in the early 80s when as a young woman I took a serious fall. We were stunned and saddened to hear of his sudden passing. He and his staff were very caring and he spoke of his love for his family often. We will certainly miss him and pray that his family have comfort & peace and that there will be a righteous & just decision in this case. It is so very sad to think that the negligence of one individual can lead to such loss, affecting so many people! Rest in peace Dr. Greenspan. We, and so many others whose lives you’ve touched, will miss you 😦

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