A Seattle doctor has been suspended for allegedly sending dozens of “sexting” texts while in the middle of surgeries. Doctor Arthur Zilberstein, a Seattle-area anesthesiologist, had his medical license yanked and suspended last week over allegations that the good doc couldn’t keep his hands out of his pants – not in the common meaning of the term – but because he kept pulling his Smartphone out of his pockets to fire off texts that were sexually explicit in nature. Disgustingly, he also took “medical images for sexual gratification,” writes Fox News, which also carried a photo of Zilberstein.
Zilberstein is a licensed surgeon and anesthesiologist in Washington state. He obtained his license in 1995. According to the Washington Medical Quality Assurance Commission, the branch of the state medical board that conducted the investigation, Zilberstein “frequently exchanged personal and often sexually explicit text messages while in surgery at a Seattle hospital last year from April to August.”
The investigating board said that Zilberstein would perform medical procedures, such as cesarean deliveries, and was found to be sending “as many as 45 sexually charged texts” over a five-month period. The 17-page document brought against Zilberstein details at least 23 incidents where the surgeon was found to be sexting while engaged in procedures with patients.
Zilberstein “compromised patient safety due to his preoccupation with sexual matters,” said Kelly Stowe, spokeswoman for the Washington State Department of Health. “He’s supposed to be focusing on the patient during surgery.”
The Huffington Post picks up the sordid story:
Zilberstein is accused of having sex at the hospital with a patient he had been prescribing medication to, the statement says, and allegedly sending the patient a selfie of himself in scrubs, with his badge showing and his genitals exposed.
"Oh. And my partner walked in as I was pulling up my scrubs," Zilberstein allegedly wrote. "I'm pretty sure he caught me."
The statement goes on to describe multiple instances in which he's accused of improperly prescribing medication, including painkillers such as oxycodone and hydrocodone.
The full statement of charges can be read here.