California plastic surgeon under investigation

Dr. Scott Green is facing backlash by the Medical Board of California after he was allegedly seen on video attending traffic court while performing surgery.
1:30 | 03/02/21

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tonight to California. A surgeon now facing questions after he was seen making a court appearance while performing surgery. The judge clearly uncomfortable with it all, and here's ABC's kayna Whitworth tonight. Reporter: Tonight, a California plastic surgeon is facing backlash after he was seen on video attending traffic court while performing surgery. I am sir, I'm in an operating room. Yes, I'm available for trial. Reporter: The presiding judge 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, the Sacramento based surgeon, is sworn in. He has blood on his gloves. He continues the surgery, but the judge is clearly not comfortable with the multitasking. 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 -- I have another surgeon right here who's doing the surgery with me, so I can stand here and allow them to do the surgery also. Reporter: Despite Dr. Green's insisting, the judge reques a date change. We want to keep people healthy, we want to keep them alive. That's -- that's important. Reporter: The California medical board telling ABC news they are aware of the incident and will be looking into it. David, Dr. Green has now responded for comment and his court date has been rescheduled for later this week. David? All right, kayna Whitworth tonight. Kayna, thank you.

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