A plastic surgeon is under an ethics investigation in California for appearing in a virtual court hearing while wearing medical scrubs and operating on a patient.

Dr Scott Green had already started proceedings when he was called by the Clerk of Sacramento Superior Court to respond to a road tax.

“Are you available for a trial?” the clerk asked, as the hearing was broadcast live on YouTube. “Looks like you’re in an operating room right now?”

“I am mister. Yes, I am in an operating room at the moment. Yes, I am available for a trial. Go ahead, ”Green replied, with beeps from medical equipment and audible suction noises. In the background, another individual in surgical scrub is seen adjusting lamps on the operating table.

The hearing, which was broadcast live under the court’s Covid-19 protocols, was quickly adjourned when the presiding commissioner, Gary Link, realized what was going on.

“So, unless I’m mistaken, I see an accused standing in the middle of an operating room who appears to be actively engaged in providing service to a patient. Is that correct, Mr. Green? Or should I say Dr Green? Requested link, according to the bee of Sacramento newspaper.

Green said yes, but a second surgeon was present and able to take charge of the procedure while he went to court.

“I don’t think it’s appropriate,” Link said. “I will suggest a different date when you are not actively involved or participating and meeting a patient’s needs.”

Despite Green’s apology, the Medical Board of California said it would investigate. “The council expects physicians to follow the standard of care when treating their patients,” he said in a statement.

Green joins a growing list of professionals who have escaped online legal proceedings imposed by the pandemic. Rod Ponton, a lawyer from Texas, was widely ridiculed earlier in February when he was unable to remove a cat’s head filter superimposed over his face during a Zoom hearing.

“I’m here live. I’m not a cat, ”Ponton told Judge Roy Ferguson as an assistant struggled to remove the filter.

“I can see that,” Ferguson replied.