Dr. Arthur K. Zilberstein, a 47-year-old Seattle anesthesiologist, spent so much time sexting that he pretty much forgot to do his job. His medical license was suspended when authorities found out about his ”preoccupation with sexual matters” and the “moral turpitude” he displayed in the workplace. From the looks of it, this guy sexted in the middle of surgery while he was supposed to be putting all his concentration into monitoring his patient’s wellbeing. How, exactly, does one get turned on when a person’s body is cut open on the operating table a few feet away!?
According to Washington State’s Medical Quality Assurance Commission, Zilberstein carried on dozens of naughty conversations while supervising C-Sections and other surgeries in 2013. In just one day, the doctor sent 64 texts during seven surgeries, one of which said ”I’m hella busy with C sections.” I would so not want to be the patient whose kid was being born under this guy’s care. In addition to all the other horror stories that can come with birth, I can now add “doctor was too ‘hella busy’ sexting to help deliver my kid” to my list of worst nightmares.
A statement of charges from the Washington State Department of Health reads:
“Respondent’s lack of focus on patient care while providing anesthesia services for hospital-based surgical procedures routinely fell below the standard of care and put patients at unreasonable risk of harm.”
Um, that’s pretty much the understatement of the year. According to CNBC, Zilberstein also “accessed medical images improperly for sexual gratification,” which could be open to so many creepy interpretations. Zilberstein also had physical sexual encounters at work, and gave out at least 29 unauthorized drug prescriptions. He also allegedly had sex with a patient — and sent a selfie to that patient “depicting himself in hospital scrubs, wearing his hospital badge and exposing his genitals.” Soon after, he texted “Oh. And my partner walked in as I was pulling up my scrubs. I’m pretty sure he caught me.”
It’s not clear how Zilberstein was reported, but he’s unable to practice until his charges are handled. He has 20 days to respond to the allegations. I wish more of the sexting records were available, because I’m pretty sure they’re a total goldmine of giggle material.
[Image of a doctor in surgery via Shutterstock]