Statement from Wormington & Bollinger Regarding Distracted Doctoring and Medical Malpractice

Share Article

A recent report from the Washington Post describes the story of Arthur K. Zilberstein, a Seattle anesthesiologist who has been suspended for allegedly sending numerous sexually explicit text messages while performing surgeries.

The Washington Post article states that “nearly 250 text messages with sexual innuendo he exchanged during procedures — all kinds of procedures, including Cesarean deliveries, pediatric appendectomies, epidurals, tubal ligations, cardiac-probe insertions.” The Post additionally reports that the Washington state Department of Health chose to suspend Zilberstein because he “compromised patient safety with his preoccupation with sexual matters”. The full Washington Post article can be found online at

The attorneys at Wormington & Bollinger have analyzed this case of alleged medical malpractice. Wormington & Bollinger is a McKinney-based law firm specializing in cases of medical negligence and malpractice.

Speaking on behalf of the firm, founder Maria Wormington commented, “This shocking example of distracted doctoring shines a spotlight on the need for increased scrutiny in the medical profession. It is all too common for medical professionals to be distracted or otherwise careless when performing procedures. Tragically, the consequences of these distractions can often be fatal. At Wormington & Bollinger, our practice is built on fighting against these shocking cases of medical negligence and protecting the rights of patients and their families.”

Wormington & Bollinger was recently engaged in prosecuting a similar case of alleged medical negligence, in which a Dallas Anesthesiologist was found to be sending text messages, taking phone calls, and downloading/uploading data from the Internet during a medical procedure. The patient did not survive. The surgeon testified that the distraction of the anesthesiologist caused the patient to become hypoxic (lack oxygen) and die. Details of this case can be found in a recent report from the Dallas Observer, available online at

Wormington & Bollinger is available to take cases related to distracted doctoring and other forms of medical negligence and malpractice. The firm’s legal services are available throughout Texas and across the country. To learn more about Wormington & Bollinger, visit the firm’s website at, or call 1-888-967-6529.

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Jeremy Friesen

Support Contact
Email >
Follow us on
Visit website