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Anesthesiologist Suspended For Allegedly Sexting During Surgery

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 11:50am

A Seattle physician accused of sexting during surgeries and improperly accessing medical images for personal gratification has been suspended. Arthur Zilberstein, an anesthesiologist and surgeon licensed in Washington state since 1995, is suspected of frequently sharing personal, and often sexually explicit, text messages while surgeries were taking place at a Seattle hospital last April through August, a state medical board said in legal documents.

On a typical day during that period, Zilberstein worked as an anesthesiologist for medical procedures like cesarean deliveries while sending as many as 45 sexually charged texts, investigators said. He is also accused of obtaining medical records containing images of a woman with whom he was conducting an affair under false pretences, accessing sensitive, visual materials.

He's also accused of sending color “selfies” in which he appeared in hospital scrubs, wearing his hospital identification and exposing his genitals. Zilberstein met secretly with the woman in the doctor’s lounge at the hospital for sexual encounters. He represented himself as her treating physician and prescribed her medications during this time. Zilberstein has 20 days to respond to the charges and to request a hearing.

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