Doctor under fire for attending virtual court from operating room

San Francisco-based plastic surgeon Dr. Scott Green could face legal action after appearing on a Zoom call for traffic court while in the middle of operating on a patient.
2:40 | 03/01/21

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that California doctor under investigation for attending virtual traffic court while operating on a patient. The judge in disbelief calling it inappropriate. And stopping the proceedings. Will reeve joins us with more on this. Good morning, will. Reporter: Good morning, it feels like it could be a scene from a movie but this is real. The surgeon literally multitasking, at one point you could see blood on his gloves mid-operation while on zoom. The judge rescheduling it to a later date while the medical board is looking into it all. Are you available for trial? It kind of looks like you're in an operating room right now. I am, sir. Yes, I'm available for trial. Reporter: This morning a demand for answers after a plastic surgeon was caught on camera zooming in to traffic court while operating on a patient. The judge presiding in disbelief. 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. Is that correct, Mr. Green? Yes, sir. Reporter: Dr. Scott green sworn in by the clerk with blood on his surgical gloves. Do you solemnly state under penalty of perjury the testimony you provide today will be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth? Yes, sir. Reporter: The Sacramento based surgeon at one point appeared to be focused on surgery, his head down with medical equipment beeping in the background. Hello. Reporter: The judge not comfortable with green's multitasking requesting a date change. I do not feel comfortable for the welfare of a patient if you're in the process of operating. Reporter: But green insisted he was fit to continue with both the operation and the hearing. I have another surgeon right here who is doing the surgery with me so I can stand here and allow them to do the surgery also. Not at all. I'm -- I don't think so. I don't think that's appropriate. We want to keep people healthy. We want to keep them alive. That's important. Reporter: Now green could face legal action. With respect to his medical license, the issue is whether there was a violation of the standard of care. Additionally the patient might have their own lawsuit for medical malpractice and the key question there would be whether the doctor committed negligence. Reporter: The medical board for California telling ABC news it is aware of this incident and will be looking into it. Dr. Green has not yet responded to requests for comment. The reason anyone could see any of this happening is that these trials are legally required to be open to the public and because of covid the whole thing was broadcast live on YouTube. All right. Will, it was apparent the judge was not having it. Who can blame him? Wow. Coming up next, shake-up for

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