Doctor Found Dead in Entrance of Manhattan Apartment Building After a Night Out With Friends

Kierstan Cerveny, 38, was found wedged between the front door and second door of a Chelsea building with bruising on her neck.

A Long Island doctor was found dead in the vestibule of a Manhattan apartment building with bruising on her neck after an apparent night of partying, a police source said.

Officers responding to a 911 call discovered Kierstan Cerveny, 38, wedged between the front door and second door of a building on West 16th Street near 7th Avenue in Chelsea about 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, a police source said.

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Cerveny, a dermatologist who lived in Manhasset with her husband and three young children, was rushed to Lennox Hill Hospital Annex, but she could not be saved, officials said.

It was believed that Cerveny had met friends at a downtown hotel in Manhattan about 6:30 p.m. Saturday, where the group partied before going to a bar on the Lower East Side around 2 a.m., a police source said.

Investigators were reviewing surveillance footage at the building where Cerveny was found and interviewing two men she was believed to be with at the building, a police source said.

One of the men called 911, saying he thought the woman he was with required medical assistance before he left her to be found, a source said. Cerveny was not robbed and was found fully clothed, a police source said.

An autopsy was scheduled for Monday to determine the cause and manner of death.

Although initial reports noted that Cerveny was found with neck bruises consistent with strangling, a police source said those marks may have been from a spinal surgery and were not likely related to being choked.

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The victim graduated magna cum laude from Duke University and received her medical degree from Tulane University, going on to complete a residency at the Medical Center of Louisiana at New Orleans, where she met her husband, Andrew Cerveny, according to a 2009 wedding announcement. They have three young children together, according to posts on her Facebook page.

The New Jersey native had been listed as the chief of dermatology at Brooklyn Hospital Center and as an assistant professor of clinical dermatology at Weill Cornell College at the time of the announcement. She won the America’s Junior Miss title in 1995. 

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