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Doctor suspended for being preoccupied with sexual conduct during surgeries

By Mason White 4:23 PM June 11, 2014
Arthur K. Zilberstein 

By: Hydar Tomar
(Scroll down for video) A doctor’s license to practice medicine was suspended after being caught engaging in sexual activity during surgeries, the Washington State Department of Health said in a statement.

Seattle physician Arthur K. Zilberstein is being accused of disregard for patient safety, and in some cases related to a variety of sexual incidents.

Investigators said that Zilberstein compromised patient safety due to his preoccupation with sexual matters while he was on hospital duty. According to the charges, Zilberstein frequently exchanged sexually explicit texts during surgeries when he was the responsible anesthesiologist.

He is also accused of improperly accessing medical-record imaging for sexual gratification, and having sexual encounters at his workplace. Charges also state that Zilberstein issued at least 29 unauthorized prescriptions for controlled substances and legend drugs outside of his medical practice and didn’t conduct proper evaluations, diagnoses, or treatment plans for these patients.

During the investigation, it was found that Zilberstein made disparaging and racist remarks against a patient and misrepresented his work schedule to an investigator. Until charges are resolved, Zilberstein can’t practice as a physician in Washington.

He has 20 days to respond to the charges and to request a hearing.