OLYMPIA, Wa. (KCPQ) – A Seattle anesthesiologist’s medical license has been suspended after he allegedly “sexted” during surgeries.
The Washington Medical Quality Assurance Commission says Arthur Zilberstein compromised patient safety because he was too preoccupied with sexual matters while on hospital duty.
According to KCPQ, the health department said Zilberstein exchanged “sexually explicit texts during surgeries when he was the responsible anesthesiologist, improperly accessed medical-record imaging for sexual gratification and had sexual encounters at his workplace.”
The charges against him also claim he issued 29 unauthorized prescriptions for controlled substances and drugs outside his medical practice.
In one case, the doctor allegedly sent a ‘selfie’ of himself in scrubs and exposing his genitals to a patient.
Swedish Medical Center issued a statement Monday night, saying: “The safety of our patients is our number one priority. Once we learned that the state had suspended this physician’s medical license, the physician’s Medical Staff membership and privileges were immediately suspended. We just recently learned of these allegations and are conducting our own internal review of the physician, who is not directly employed by Swedish.”