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Doctor Accused of Sexting Lewd Photos During Surgery Suspended

By    |   Tuesday, 10 Jun 2014 04:57 PM

A Seattle-based doctor accused of sexting and sending explicit photos of himself while on duty and in charge of anesthetizing patients has had his medical license suspended, The Seattle Times reports.

In the charges against Dr. Arthur Zilberstein, 47, the state’s Medical Quality Assurance Commission includes details of about two dozen examples of personal, often sexually explicit messages he allegedly sent between April and August of 2013 when responsible for anesthetized patients while he was a contract anesthesiologist at Swedish Medical Center.

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“The safety of our patients is our number one priority,” said a statement released by Swedish Medical Center. “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.”

Zilberstein has 20 days to respond and to request a hearing on the charges and can’t practice in Washington state until the charges are resolved.

During an operation that was to repair a patient’s esophagus, The Seattle Times reports, the state said Zilberstein exchanged 45 text messages with sexual innuendo in less than an hour and a half.

The charges against Zilberstein also include having sex in a hospital room or doctors' lounge with a patient who had become his girlfriend and prescribing her drugs. The charges state nearly all of the texts with sexual content were between Zilberstein and that patient, identified as “Patient Z.”

Zilbertstein is also accused of misrepresenting his surgical schedule to an investigator who was attempting to discover whether text messages were sent while he was responsible for patients’ anesthesia.

According to the Washington Department of Health, Zilberstein was first issued his medical license in November 1995.

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A Seattle-based doctor accused of sexting and sending explicit photos of himself while on duty and in charge of anesthetizing patients has had his medical license suspended, The Seattle Times reports.
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