Home >  News >  June, 2014

Anesthesiologist Suspended for Sexually Charged Texts, Illicit Behavior

"Preoccupation" compromised patient safety, say state investigators.

Published: June 10, 2014

A Seattle anesthesiologist accused of sending hundreds of sexually explicit text messages and X-rated "selfies" while on duty has been suspended by the Washington State Department of Health.

The department's Medical Quality Assurance Commission says a preoccupation with sexual matters led Arthur K. Zilberstein, MD, to compromise patient safety. He's alleged to have sent dozens of sexually charged messages during numerous types of procedures, including Caesarians, appendectomies, tubal ligations and cardiac-probe insertions. A text during one procedure read, "I'm hella busy with C sections."

Dr. Zilberstein, 47, is also accused of issuing at least 29 unauthorized prescriptions, many for narcotics; improperly accessing medical record images for sexual gratification purposes; and engaging in sexual encounters at his workplace.

The charges further detail an occasion during which he is alleged to have sent a patient a selfie in which his genitals are exposed, followed later by a text message reading: "Oh. And my partner walked in as I was pulling up my scrubs. I'm pretty sure he caught me."

He has 20 days to respond to the charges and request a hearing, and is barred from practicing in the state until the charges are resolved. Attempts to reach Dr. Zilberstein for comment were unsuccessful.

Jim Burger


Also in the News...

Were Doctors Instructed to Go Light on Sedatives and Pain Meds to Move Patients Along?
Doctors Sue AmSurg for Blocking Their Plans for New ASC
Report: Olympus Told U.S. Executives Not to Warn Hospitals About Contaminated Scopes
Ortho Docs Debate Newly Developed Surgery on Newly Discovered Ligament
Physician Charged With Multiple Felonies in Providing Drugs to Woman He Met on seekingarrangements.com
Study: Minimizing Door Openings During Surgery Lowers Surgical Site Infection Rate
Hackers Install Ransomware on ASC Computer Network

New to Outpatient Surgery Magazine?
Sign-up to continue reading this article.
Register Now
Have an account? Please log in:
Email Address:
  Remember my login on this computer

advertiser banner

Other Articles That May Interest You

Legal Update: Manage Your Facility's Vicarious Liability Risk

You could be liable for the negligence of your independent contractors.

N.C. Anesthesiologist's Behavior Wasn't Harassment

But federal court lets CRNA's retaliation allegations stand.

Did Specimen Mix-Up Lead to Unnecessary Cancer Treatment?