The California Medical Council said it was investigating a plastic surgeon who attended a traffic court video hearing from an operating room while dressed in scrubs and with a patient on the table surgical.
Surgeon Dr. Scott Green reported by video conference for a trial in Sacramento Superior Court on Thursday.
“Hello, Mr. Green?” Hello, are you available for a trial? A courtroom clerk said Dr Green, wearing a surgical mask and cap, appeared in a virtual plaza with operating room lights visible behind him. “Looks like you’re in an operating room right now.”
“I am, sir,” Dr Green replied as the machines beeped in the background. “Yes, I am currently in an operating room. I am available for a trial. Go for it.”
The clerk informed Dr Green that the hearing, reported by The Sacramento Bee, would be broadcast live on YouTube.
After Dr Green was sworn in, his camera briefly rotated and revealed a person on an operating table.
Gary Link, a Sacramento Superior Court commissioner, appeared on camera.
“If I am not mistaken, I see an accused who is in the middle of an operating room appearing to be actively engaged in providing service to a patient,” said Mr. Link. “Is that correct, Mr. Green?” Or should I say Dr Green?
Dr Green confirmed this to be the case.
Mr Link continued: ‘I don’t feel comfortable for the welfare of a patient if you are in the process of operating which I would submit to trial despite the officer being here today. hui. “
Dr Green explained that there was another surgeon in the room who could perform the surgery.
But Mr. Link disagreed.
“I do not think so. I don’t think it’s appropriate, ”he said, adding that he would postpone the trial to a time when Dr Green was not operating on a patient.
“We want to keep people healthy, we want to keep them alive. It’s important, ”said Mr. Link. He set March 4 as a new trial date.
The reason for Dr. Green’s appearance 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 spokesperson for the California Medical Council, said the council is aware of the hearing and “will review it, as it does with any complaints it receives.”
The board, he said, “expects physicians to follow the standard of care when treating their patients.”
Mr. Villatoro declined to give further details, citing the legal confidentiality of complaints and investigations.
As legal proceedings unfolded online during the coronavirus pandemic, missteps abounded.
Judges complained about lawyers attending the proceedings topless and defendants logging into the hearings in bikinis and even naked.