And here Carin was, thinking her anesthesiologist asking her what she was in for was bad. Take heart, little one. At least your guy wasn’t sending sexually explicit text messages during your operation…probably.
According to the Washington State Department of Health, Zilberstein is being accused of endangering the safety of patients “due to his preoccupation with sexual matters while he was on hospital duty between at least April and August 2013.” A preliminary investigation has revealed an estimated 29 unauthorized prescriptions for illegal substances and medications outside of his practice without evaluations, diagnoses, or treatment plans for the patients. He is also accused of accessing confidential medical records to fuel his sexual habits and engaging in sexual activity at the hospital during shifts.
Investigators have currently recovered nearly 250 text messages featuring either sexual references or sexual images of his genitalia that he sent while performing medical procedures, including Cesarean deliveries, pediatric appendectomies, epidurals, tubal ligations, cardiac probe insertions, The Washington Post reported. One text sent to a patient displayed the disgraced surgeon with his genitals exposed while wearing his hospital badge and scrubs.
Dr. Arthur K. Zilberstein is also accused of lying to investigators about his work schedule and saying racist things about a patient. He could have his medical license revoked if he doesn’t respond to the charges against him and ask for a hearing within 20 days.