A California doctor performed surgery during a Zoom court appearance

A California doctor's trial was delayed after he appeared for a virtual court hearing while simultaneously conducting a surgery last Thursday.Dr. Scot...

Posted: Mar 2, 2021 8:04 AM

A California doctor's trial was delayed after he appeared for a virtual court hearing while simultaneously conducting a surgery last Thursday.

Dr. Scott Green, a plastic surgeon, showed up to his virtual Sacramento Superior Court hearing -- held over Zoom -- to contest a traffic violation, wearing scrubs, gloves, a mask and surgical cap.

"Are you available for trial?" a Sacramento Superior Court clerk asked Green during the proceeding, which was live-streamed. "It kind of looks like you're in an operating room right now?"

"I'm in an operating room," he replied. "Yes I'm available for trial. Go right ahead","

The sound of medical equipment beeping can be heard in the background, and Green is seen handling surgical tools in the live stream. He said another surgeon was nearby to assist with the surgery while he appeared for court.

But after he confirmed he was operating on a patient, Judge Gary Link, the court commissioner, rescheduled the trial.

"So 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 said during the virtual hearing. "I do not feel comfortable for the welfare of a patient if you're in the process of operating that I would put on a trial."

In a statement to CNN, the Medical Board of California said it is investigating the incident.

"The Medical Board of California expects physicians to follow the standard of care when treating their patients," the Board said in a statement. "The Board is aware of this incident and will be looking into it, as it does with all complaints it receives."

CNN reached out to Green for comment but did not hear back. His next hearing has been scheduled for Thursday, Link said.

The incident follows other virtual courtroom mishaps this year -- including when a lawyer appeared as a sad kitten on screen during a Texas court proceeding last month.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 396501

Reported Deaths: 5268
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah61066850
Washington42631406
Marion40277517
Clackamas33256388
Lane30473363
Jackson25211363
Deschutes23984192
Umatilla15155184
Linn14966184
Douglas13608295
Josephine10357248
Yamhill9878145
Klamath9120152
Polk8347103
Benton622940
Malheur593592
Coos5806109
Columbia441156
Jefferson426066
Lincoln367952
Crook343958
Union341456
Wasco319646
Clatsop265435
Baker222533
Tillamook219846
Hood River217237
Morrow198425
Curry194239
Harney121733
Grant109116
Lake106318
Wallowa76313
Sherman1933
Gilliam1854
Wheeler1161
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 5127121

Reported Deaths: 74911
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles153745027248
San Diego4104514351
Riverside3912955388
San Bernardino3784085998
Orange3367395771
Sacramento1699162460
Kern1588341838
Fresno1581872284
Santa Clara1536961933
Alameda1262241513
San Joaquin1084911837
Ventura1049251194
Contra Costa1046451058
Stanislaus922291434
Tulare869791102
San Francisco57458674
San Mateo56861631
Monterey52973626
Solano48014360
Santa Barbara47846555
Merced45506672
Sonoma43609414
Placer42736473
Imperial39148778
Kings35547369
San Luis Obispo31803360
Madera26511311
Shasta26353462
Butte25690320
Santa Cruz22540224
Yolo21792263
Marin18728249
El Dorado18544168
Sutter14691186
Napa13501107
Yuba1084791
Humboldt10360119
Tehama10329133
Nevada10187105
Mendocino873799
Lassen801259
San Benito793979
Tuolumne782691
Lake7073113
Amador583267
Siskiyou480757
Glenn460336
Calaveras449988
Del Norte380442
Colusa329821
Inyo259446
Plumas19679
Mono19274
Mariposa163318
Trinity102117
Modoc7956
Unassigned3820
Sierra2210
Alpine1080
Out of CA00
Medford
Cloudy
44° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 44°
Brookings
Cloudy
48° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 45°
Crater Lake
Partly Cloudy
44° wxIcon
Hi: 40° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 44°
Grants Pass
Cloudy
44° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 44°
Klamath Falls
Mostly Cloudy
36° wxIcon
Hi: 40° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 30°
Showers return tomorrow with falling snow levels
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events