SACRAMENTO, California – The Medical Board of California said it will examine a plastic surgeon who appeared on a video conference call for his traffic violations trial while on-site.
The Sacramento Bee reports Dr. Scott Green appeared in the Sacramento Supreme Court Thursday for his trial, which was practically in an operating room because of the coronavirus pandemic. He was dressed in surgical scrubs and a patient undergoing the procedure was out of sight. The beeps of medical machines can be heard in the background.
“Hello, Mr. Green? Hi. Are you on trial? “asked a court clerk when an officer called on for trial raised his eyebrows.” It looks like you are in an operating room? “
“I am, sir,” replied Green. “Yes, I’m in an operating room right now. Yes, I can be tried. Go right ahead.”
The clerk reminded Green that the trial was being live-streamed as legal traffic trials must be open to the public, and Green said he understood. He seemed to continue to work with his head down as he waited for Commissioner Gary Link to enter the chamber.
When Link showed up and saw the doctor on the screen, the judge hesitated to continue the process out of concern for the patient’s welfare.
“I have another surgeon here to do the surgery with me so I can stand here and allow them to do the surgery,” said Green.
The judge said he did not consider it appropriate to go to trial in the circumstances. He told Green that he would prefer to reschedule “when you are not actively involved or attending and attending to a patient’s needs”.
“Sometimes the operation doesn’t always go that way,” he said before the judge cut him off.
“It happens. We want to keep people healthy, we want to keep them alive. That is important,” said Link.
The board said it would look into the incident, saying it “expects doctors to adhere to standards of care in treating their patients”.
A call requesting a comment from Green was not returned.
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