2:56 PM on 23rd June 2011
A man accused of posing as a doctor at Oregon
Health and Science University in Portland is facing charges after a woman’s
inquiry about where she should go for a scheduled surgery led to an
investigation and arrest.
Lucas Ebert, 21, was charged with criminal
mistreatment, theft and practising medicine without a license in what OHSU
officials said yesterday was a rare case of impersonating a doctor.
No attorney was listed on the Multnomah County
jail inmate list showing Ebert in custody, and a Portland police spokesman
referred questions to OHSU.
OHSU officials told The Oregonian a
45-year-old woman approached an information desk at OHSU Hospital last week to
ask about her scheduled surgery and said her doctor was Lucas Ebert.
The woman said she had met Ebert a couple
times in preparation for her surgery. She’d followed his instructions to stop
taking pain relievers and anti-anxiety medications that kept her panic attacks
Hospital staff could find no record of a Dr
Ebert and began an investigation that resulted in Ebert’s arrest on Monday, said
Jim Newman, an OHSU spokesman.
‘I have been here 12 years, and I’ve never
heard anything like this whatsoever,’ Mr Newman said.
45-year-old woman at a coffee shop, where he allegedly counselled her on getting
The woman told officials she met Ebert at the
Portland VA Medical Center, near OHSU. Ebert arranged a medical consultation
with the woman at an OHSU coffee shop, where he proceeded to give her medical
advice and counseled her on getting abdominal surgery.
He told her he was a second-year resident in
plastic surgery, and he wore what appeared to be an OHSU identification badge
and a vest with the hospital’s name on it.
But officials said the badge may have
resembled an outdated one the hospital used 10 years ago and the vest was not
issued by the hospital – it likely came from a gift shop.
a Dr Lucas Ebert when a woman approached an information desk to ask about her
An affidavit filed in support of Ebert’s
arrest says he was seen on closed-circuit television pushing the woman out of
the hospital in her wheelchair.
Ebert has no affiliation with OHSU and there
was no evidence he had access to any patient information or that he entered any
secure areas, which require a special badge with electronic access, Newman
Newman said: ‘Just like anybody, he could go
to a coffee shop or waiting room. But we don’t believe he had any access to
patient rooms or the emergency department or anything like
Oregon Health and Science University, where he claimed to work as a surgeon and
Ebert’s Facebook page lists interests that
include plastic surgery, surfing and Nip/Tuck, the TV show about plastic
It also lists multiple current employers and
universities, claiming work as surgical assistant and surgeon at OHSU, and also
lists his job as a software developer at Microsoft.
He claims to have a medical degree from the
University of California, San Francisco, which on Wednesday said it has no
record of any student by that name.
But Maureen Wheeler, spokesman for the
Beaverton School District, was able yesterday to confirm one true item on the
Facebook page – Ebert is a 2009 graduate of Westview High
Lucas Ebert was born on February 25th, 1990 according to http://www.mcso.us/public/booking_log_rpt/SW575_24_Hour_Booking_Log_Monday.pdf
February 25th, 1990
2 + 25 +2+0+1+1 = 31 = his personal year (from February 25th, 2011 to February 24th, 2012) = Scandal. Controversy. Things get out of hand.