A plastic surgeon in California logged into a traffic court hearing via Zoom while in the middle of operating on a patient.
A video recording shows Dr. Scott Green appearing before the Sacramento Superior Court Commissioner Gary Link’s virtual courtroom on Thursday afternoon while medical machinery beeps and surgical nurses in scrubs walk in the background, The Sacramento Bee reported.
The doctor tries to assure the court that he is willing and able to go ahead with the hearing, despite the fact that a patient lies on his surgical table just out of view.
“Hello, Mr. Green? Are you available for trial?” asked a courtroom clerk. “It kind of looks like you’re in an operating room right now?”
“I am, sir,” Green replied. “Yes, I’m in an operating room right now. I’m available for trial. Go right ahead.”
The judge can be seen frantically trying to make sense of the situation.
“So unless I’m mistaken, I’m seeing a defendant that’s in the middle of an operating room appearing to be actively engaged in providing services to a patient. Is that correct, Mr. Green? Or should I say Dr. Green?” the judge said.
According to the local report, Green seemed unfazed by the situation.
“I have another surgeon right here who’s doing the surgery with me, so I can stand here and allow them to do the surgery also,” Green said.
“I don’t think so. I don’t think that’s appropriate,” Link said. “I’m going to come up with a different date — when you’re not actively involved or participating and attending to the needs of a patient. Let me see if I can get a different date here.”
The Medical Board of California said they are currently looking into the incident and “expects physicians to follow the standard of care when treating their patients.”
The traffic case was rescheduled for March 4th.