Wednesday, January 17, 2018

An American tragedy

Dr. Theodore L. Gerstle is a native of New York with strong roots in the state of Kentucky. Though he has a large extended Kentucky family, he was born and raised in Westchester, New York. He has a long history of service, beginning in childhood as he joined the Boy Scouts of America, ultimately achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. He received his Bachelors of Science in Engineering Management at The United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.

After Dr. Gerstle’s military commitment was complete, he decided that medicine was the best way to continue helping others. He entered University of Louisville’s School of Medicine, was elected the President of his class each year he was there. He was awarded multiple awards, including acceptance into the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. When Dr. Gerstle completed medical school, he was chosen to speak as the distinguished graduate at the University of Louisville’s graduation ceremony.

After graduation from medical school, he moved to Boston to train in the Harvard Combined Plastic Surgery Residency program. Dr. Gerstle also specializes in treatment for migraine headaches. Whether choosing conservative treatments like nerve blocks, Botox, or surgery in hope for a cure of these debilitating headaches, he is excited to offer these skills to the Bluegrass.

Dr. Gerstle, a board-certified plastic surgeon, also performs facial rejuvenation, breast surgery, body contouring, emergency repair of lacerations, reconstructive surgery of the head, neck, chest, and breast. He believes every patient is unique and provides personalized consultations to discuss the least invasive options to achieve tasteful, natural looking results, while utilizing a detailed and sensitive approach to patients of all ages.

A Kentucky plastic surgeon was arrested Monday after allegedly showing up drunk to perform a surgery.

Dr. Theodore Gerstle, of Lexington Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, was scheduled to operate around noon on Monday at the Baptist Heath Lexington, but staff at the hospital were alerted that the physician was intoxicated, hospital spokesperson Ruth Ann Childers told the Lexington Herald Leader.

Gerstle left the hospital, voluntarily and on foot, after the chief medical officer confronted him, WKYT reported. Hospital staff then reportedly called the police. He was arrested a short time later when he was located not far from the hospital. 

The surgeon was scheduled for one procedure Monday and had not started operating when he was confronted about his alleged drunken state, Childers told the news station.

“Patient safety is always our number one concern, every day,” Childers said of the incident. “We take these things very seriously and it will be thoroughly investigated.”

Gerstle was charged with public intoxication and is being held at the Fayette County Jail, the Herald Leader reported, citing jail records. His staff privileges at the hospital — where he was not technically an employee — have been suspended pending the investigation.


  1. A lawyer for a Lexington surgeon who was arrested on a charge of public intoxication earlier this month, showed up for his arraignment Monday.

    Lexington Police arrested Dr. Theodore Gerstle on a charge on public intoxication near Baptist Health Lexington on Monday, January 15, 2018.

    Dr. Theodore Gerstle's attorney entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.