Seattle doctor suspended for sexting during surgeries

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

June 18, 2014

A Washington State doctor has been stripped of his medical license after authorities say he was caught sending sexually explicit text messages and snapping “selfies” during surgeries, according to a report in The Seattle Times.
The charges by the state’s Medical Quality Assurance Commission, allege that Dr. Arthur Zilberstein, a surgeon at Swedish Medical Center in the Seattle area, on at least two dozen occasions sent personal, often sexually explicit text messages while he was conducting surgeries such as appendectomies, cardiac probe insertions, and cesarean sections.
Also in the report, the charges were based on observations of Zilberstein’s actions over a six-day period. In one case, he reportedly exchanged 45 text messages containing sexual innuendo with his girlfriend during a 90-minute surgery.
State officials also claim he prescribed controlled substances and other prescription drugs more than two dozen times without conducting diagnoses, evaluations or treatment plans. The report also claims he had sexual relations with a patient who had become his girlfriend often in the hospital’s call room or doctors’ lounge.