Dr. Arthur Zilberstein, a Seattle-area anesthesiologist, had his medical license suspended last week over allegations he was sexting during surgery and improperly prescribing prescription medications.
A 17-page statement of charges from the Washington State Department of Health details 23 incidents in which Zilberstein allegedly exchanged personal and often sexually explicit text messages during procedures in which he was the responsible anesthesiologist.
“He’s supposed to be focusing on the patient during surgery,” Kelly Stowe, spokeswoman for the Department of Health, told Reuters.
The procedures included labor and delivery, including multiple Caesarean section operations. At one point, Zilberstein allegedly texted that he was “hella busy with C-sections,” according to the statement.
One example from the statement reads:
“In a text message one minute before Patient T’s July 24, 2013 surgery, at 2:33 p.m., Respondent texted to his girlfriend a description of his immediate sexual desire for her. Respondent was the responsible anesthesiologist for Patient T between 2:34 p.m. and 3:33 p.m. Respondent exchanged fifteen additional text messages during that surgery between 3:11 p.m. and 3:31 p.m. to arrange a covert encounter with his girlfriend at the hospital. Six of these text messages were initiated by the Respondent.”