The Medical Board of California said it was investigating a plastic surgeon who was attending a video traffic court hearing from an operating room while in exfoliants and on the operating table with a patient.
The surgeon, Dr. Scott Green reported on videoconference Thursday for a trial in the Sacramento Supreme Court.
“Hello, Mr. Green? Hello, are you on trial? “said a court clerk when Dr. Green appeared in a virtual seat wearing a surgical mask and cap and lighting fixtures for the operating room were visible behind him.” It looks like you are in an operating room. “
“I am, sir,” replied Dr. Green as machines beeped in the background. “Yes, I’m in an operating room right now. I am available for a trial. Go right ahead.”
The clerk informed Dr. Green announced that the hearing reported by The Sacramento Bee would be broadcast live on YouTube.
After Dr. Green had been sworn in, his camera turned briefly to reveal a person on an operating table.
Gary Link, an appointee for the Sacramento Supreme Court, appeared on camera.
“If I’m not mistaken, I am seeing a defendant who is in the middle of an operating room and appears to be actively involved in providing services to a patient,” Link said. “Is that correct, Mr. Green? Or should I Dr. Say green? “
Dr. Green confirmed this.
Mr. Link continued, “I am not comfortable for a patient’s welfare if you are undergoing an operation and I am going through a trial even though the officer is here today.”
Dr. Green explained that there was another surgeon in the room who could perform the operation.
But Mr. Link disagreed.
“I do not believe that. I don’t think that’s appropriate, ”he said, adding that he would postpone the study for a time when Dr. Green did not operate on a patient.
“We want to keep people healthy, we want to keep them alive. That’s important, “said Link. He set March 4th as the new trial date.
The reason for the appearance of Dr. Green in court was unclear.
Dr. Green, who has offices in Sacramento and Granite Bay, Calif., Did not respond to a request for comment on Sunday. Mr. Link could not be reached either.
Carlos Villatoro, a spokesman for the Medical Board of California, said the board was aware of the hearing and would “consider it as it does with any complaints received”.
The board, he said, “expects doctors to maintain standard of care when treating their patients.”
Mr Villatoro declined to provide further details, referring to the legal confidentiality of complaints and investigations.
There were numerous missteps when legal proceedings went online during the coronavirus pandemic.
The judges have complained about shirtless lawyers attending the trial and defendants signing up for hearings in bikinis and even naked.