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Drunk plastic surgeon stopped just before cutting patient

By Mason White 1:45 PM January 18, 2018
Theodore Gerstle

A doctor put the life of his patient at risk after showing up to perform surgery under the influence of alcohol, according to police in Kentucky.

Lexington police said that they have arrested Dr. Theodore Gerstle from New York after showing up at a hospital drunk.

Gerstle has been charged with one count of public intoxication.

He was booked into the Theodore Gerstle Fayette County Detention Center, pending a bail hearing.

According to the police investigation, the incident unfolded on Monday, at around 12:00 p.m., at the Baptist Health Lexington hospital.

Gerstle, who was named one of the top plastic surgeons of New York, was scheduled to perform a surgery at the hospital.

When he arrived, hospital employees noticed that Gerstle was under the influence.

The chief medical officer was alerted and the doctor was confronted in the operating room.

Luckily, Gerstle did not begin the surgery.

After the chief medical officer questioned the doctor, he walked out of the hospital voluntarily.

Hospital officials called the police and the doctor was arrested nearby.

Hospital spokesperson Ruth Ann Childers announced that Gerstle’s privileges have been suspended.