A PROBE has been launched after a plastic surgeon made a court appearance on Zoom while he was operating on a patient.
Plastic surgeon Scott Green showed up virtually for a California traffic trial on Thursday wearing scrubs with surgical equipment all around him and his patient just out of view.
A Sacramento judge was quick to object to Green moving forward with his trial, though the doctor tried to insist that he was happy to proceed mid-operation, according to the Sacramento Bee.
In video of the trial, a clerk can be heard saying, "Hello, Mr Green? Are you available for trial? It kind of looks like you're in an operating room right now."
"I am, sir," Green says. "Yes, I'm in an operating room right now. I'm available for trial. Go right ahead."
The clerk can be heard informing the doctor that the trial was being livestreamed to YouTube because traffic trials are required to be open to the public.
Green consents and is then sworn in, but when Judge Gary Link arrives in the room, he refuses to let the case proceed.
"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," Link says.
"Is that correct, Mr. Green? Or should I say Dr. Green?"
Green insists that there is another surgeon in the room, so "I can stand here and allow them to do the surgery also," but the judge doesn't feel that's appropriate.
"I don't think so," Link says. "I don't think that's appropriate. 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."
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The judge gave the doctor a new court appearance date in March.
On Friday, the Medical Board of California confirmed that it would be looking into the incident.
The board said it "expects physicians to follow the standard of care when treating patients," in a statement.