The surgeon had not started operating when he was confronted about his alleged drunken state. He was charged with public intoxication and is being held at the Fayette County Jail. He was also suspended pending the investigation. Dr Gerstle, from New York, is “the only Harvard-trained, board-certified plastic surgeon in Lexington” and graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy in West Point.
“Patient safety is always our number one concern,” hospital spokeswoman Ruth Ann Childers told to media. “Whether you are considering cosmetic surgery or surgery for relief of debilitating migraine headaches, Dr. Gerstle and his team want to hear about your goals and work with you to achieve the most natural and successful result,” the website of Lexington Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery said. For the instant no more information was available, nobody clarified why the srgeon was intoxicated when coming to work in hospital.