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Doctor Shot to Death at Hoag Medical Office

UPDATE: A 75-year-old barber is arrested in the Newport Beach slaying. The victim was a urologist from Huntington Beach who would have celebrated his 53rd birthday Wednesday.

A urologist was shot to death inside a medical office near Hoag Hospital on Monday, and a suspect was quickly arrested.

The slaying was reported at 2:45 p.m. on the second floor of the Hoag Medical Group building at 520 Superior Ave., according to Newport Beach Police Department spokeswoman Kathy Lowe.

The victim was identified Tuesday as Dr. Ronald Gilbert of Huntington Beach, a 52-year-old urologist who would have celebrated his next birthday on Wednesday. The alleged shooter, Stanwood Fred Elkus, a 75-year-old barber from Lake Elsinore, reportedly shot Gilbert in an exam room.

Police said a caller inside the building reported hearing six to seven shots.

Officers responded to the scene, where they found both the suspect and victim still inside the office and took the alleged gunman into custody without incident, Lowe said. "Everyone else in the building was safe. Unfortunately the victim was deceased at the scene."

Gilbert had been shot several times in the torso, said Lowe. No other injuries were reported.

The Victim

According to an online biography, Gilbert was a married father of two teenage boys. He is credited as the chief scientist behind Promescent, a spray-on product to prevent premature ejaculation. 

A graduate of UCI Medical School, he once served as chief of Hoag Hospital's urology department and as an assistant clinical professor of urology at UCI.

Community in Shock

The crack of gunshots shocked the quiet neighborhood.

Nearby residents and employees of the medical office building waited outside Monday afternoon as police collected evidence.

Mike O’Neil, who lives a few blocks from the medical building, said he was startled to hear about the shooting. O’Neil said he was drawn to the scene by the unusual sight of police cars.

“It’s unbelievable that this happened here,” he said. “People aren’t safe on the streets or at work.”

-- City News Service contributed to this report.

Craig Michaels January 29, 2013 at 02:59 AM
As a physician, I am appalled beyond comprehension. It is no longer safe to allow patients into your office. I am done with medicine. I am retiring. Medicine isn't worth dying over.
C.P. January 29, 2013 at 03:42 AM
I am so horrified and distraught. I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Ronald Gilbert before further pursuing my own career in healthcare. Dr. Gilbert was both a skilled surgeon, physcian and boss. His family are in my prayers during this painful time. Dr. Gilbert will be deeply missed.
Phillip Dragotto January 29, 2013 at 04:01 AM
Dr. Uhl, As one of your patients, I can see your point. It would be a great loss to the medical community were to to stop practicing medicine. You have helped so many!
Patient January 29, 2013 at 04:03 AM
Dr. Gilbert was my doctor for several years. He was a great doctor and a wonderful person. I'm in total disbelief. Truly horrifying. My deepest sympathies to his family. I will miss him. Nothing justifies killing a doctor who made his life healing others.
SM January 29, 2013 at 04:04 AM
Such a tragedy. Guns have no business in schools or work. More often than not they get into the wrong hands. To combat this we need stricter gun control laws. Dr. Gilbert was a highly respected physician at Hoag who will be deeply missed by his colleagues and patients. RIP
Terry L. January 29, 2013 at 04:12 AM
Dr. Gilbert took care of my father during his time with bladder cancer and was an amazing physician who took time to actually listen to his patients. This is a tragedy for all. My prayers are with Dr. Gilbert's family.
Bryan Sheasby January 29, 2013 at 04:33 AM
Just stop. No need to use a tragedy to further your agenda. Its pretty doubtful that this man had a CCW so him just walking into the Hospital with the gun was illegal. That didn't stop him.
Dawn-Marie January 29, 2013 at 04:57 AM
As a former employee of Dr. Ronald Gilbert, I am appalled beyond comprehension. My heart goes out to my past co-workers and Dr. Holevas and Dr. Yoshida. I can't begin to understand this. I live in Long Beach were the death toll and crime rate is pretty high, however were talking about a DOCTOR working in his office providing care... I'm not going to change careers due to this PSYCHO. Dr. Gilbert would not want me to. To my OCU family I am truly sorry about everything. I know you may not believe me but I think about it everyday. RIP Always
Jim Thomson January 29, 2013 at 05:40 AM
He operated on me 1 week ago today. Sad pathetic waste... Remember talking and joking with him after the procedure reassuring me everything was aok...
Renae Jacobs January 29, 2013 at 05:47 AM
Dr. Ron Glibert has been a life long friend of our family. When my father had kidney cancer, Ron did the surgery. We are shocked and so very sad to hear this news. Ron was the kindest most wonderful man. Our hearts are broken an our prayers are with his family. The world has lost a great man, a good friend and a wonderful husband and father. We will never forget his beautiful smile.
Ariela sterling January 29, 2013 at 06:32 AM
Does anyone know why this individual would do such thing?
Carla Moran January 29, 2013 at 06:38 AM
What a senseless murder of a man who loved his family and served his community. Hearing of disturbed and unstable minded people are becoming all too common. God is being removed from our culture and its evident the demonic forces are filling the gap.
Lani Voorhies Sinkway January 29, 2013 at 07:35 AM
Dr.Gilbert has been a loving part of my parent's care for many, many years. Our family is so saddened and confused by this senseless violent act. We have enjoyed sharing life stories about our parents and children with this loving man and will remember the love he shared long after the sadness. God Bless Dr. Gilbert!!!!
Jennifer Despres January 29, 2013 at 07:48 AM
I worked with Dr. Gilbert years ago in the OR at Hoag & he was the kindest, funniest, most lighthearted surgeon I've ever worked with. My most humorous OR stories are ones he was operating in. I can't imagine who'd have anything against him. My prayers are for his soul & with his family! He'll be missed and never forgotten!
Bob Waltrip January 29, 2013 at 12:23 PM
You are the one making an out of place comment here, Bryan Sheasby. Yet, you are free to do so. Personally, I am disgusted that you have to point to an agenda here where people who know the victim are sharing their thoughts. He was my doctor and was just exactly the person people are describing here. There are plenty of other places to express your second amendment rights other than here. I have to ask, what does it gain?
Bob Waltrip January 29, 2013 at 12:24 PM
You are the one making an out of place comment here, Bryan Sheasby. Yet, you are free to do so. Personally, I am disgusted that you have to point to an agenda here where people who know the victim are sharing their thoughts. He was my doctor and was just exactly the person people are describing here. There are plenty of other places to express your second amendment rights other than here. I have to ask, what does it gain?
Ann Sue January 29, 2013 at 03:43 PM
Craig, why would you stop practicing medicine if you are actually a licensed M.D.? Spend the time and money to get the education and then give up? You don't sound credible. Try again with a better story.
Shirley Cameron January 29, 2013 at 03:58 PM
What you lefties fail to comphrehend is that if someone is bent on killing someone, you will not be able to stop them! They will get a gun through normal chanels or through sales on the street or the black market! You cannot stop all violence. Look at south of our border in Mexico. Over 40,000 have been killed by the drug wars because people there cannot own guns. Do you think they were all drug warlords shooting other drug lords and not innocent bystanders? Wake up!
Joker Joe January 29, 2013 at 04:02 PM
To bad he wasn't armed... But we can pass another law.
Charles Murray January 29, 2013 at 04:35 PM
God be with the family, friends, coworkers and patients of the deceased. I stand aghast at how many people are digressing from the subject and using this news item as a forum to argue gun rights. I apologize in advance, as I hereby join: The FACT is that a MAN committed a MURDER, against a VICTIM whom he SELECTED to KILL with ADVANCE THOUGHT, and would have KILLED regardless of TYPE OF WEAPON AT HAND. Be that weapon a knife, a sword, an automobile, a bomb, a blowtorch, a table lamp, a bare fist, or a dirty gym sock in the trachea (all of which have been used as murder weapons), the act was a murder, and the cause was the thought of a human being, and not the magical motion of an inanimate object. To try to assign this murder to the "random shootings" or "nut with a gun incidents", is an insult to the victim, and to the intelligence of the gun rights people, and to the gun control people. Additionally, one writer suggested in a rant against private gun carry permit holders, that we are "not properly trained". If that's what people think; that you can just go walk in and answer a couple questions and demonstrate that you know how to pull the trigger, to get a CCW permit, no wonder there is so much contention and fear..... Charles M.
Craig Michaels January 29, 2013 at 04:56 PM
Ann Sue, I am credible, graduate of the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, with an MD. I served in the US Navy as a physician during the Bosnia conflict. I am not giving up anything. The practice of medicine has long been defiled by the lawyers, the insurance companies, and others who know nothing of the art and science of medicine, The trust between patient and physician has been so compromised as to witness what we experienced yesterday in my hometown of Newport Beach, CA. This act, by this patient, is a sentinel event for those who practice medicine. I will act by removing myself from its corrupted core. You have no right to question my allegiance to the Hippocratic oath, which now has become meaningless to me, due to this patient's actions of evil.
Mags January 29, 2013 at 05:00 PM
as the chief scientist behind Promescent, a spray-on product to prevent premature ejaculation. Medicine? Good riddance doc.
Joker Joe January 29, 2013 at 05:27 PM
Dr. Michaels, I feel for you and know what you are saying. Totally agree with the state of medicine and what lays in store for us patients with illegals starting to flood the system.My primary physician is retiring because of Obama care.How do you feel about that?
JLM January 29, 2013 at 08:34 PM
GUNS DONT KILL PEOPLE... PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE, AND IF A KILLER WANTS TO KILL, THEY WILL KILL WITH ANOTHER WEAPON-REGUARDLESS! IF GUNS ARE BANNED, IT WILL ONLY MAKE MORE CRIME! WE SHOULD HAVE RIGHT TO PROTECT OURSELF! President has guns protecting his home, why should we be any different!? WAKE UP AMERICA!
B.A. Lissone January 30, 2013 at 01:20 AM
I am sick, sick, sick. Dr. Gilbert was the best. I had the pleasure of working with him in the Hoag recovery room as the secretary. He was kind, and funny. I remember on my way to lunch, I droped my keys in the wastebasket, he asked me what I was doing, I told him that I was on my way to lunch, he gave me $5 dollars and told me that I didn't have to eat out of the trash! Got my keys, and kept the 5 dollars. My big time sympathy for his family. B.A Lissone
Brenda Welch January 30, 2013 at 05:07 AM
May God bless the doctor and his family. He will be helping those in Heaven.
Brenda Welch January 30, 2013 at 05:10 AM
Dr. Gilbert wouldn't want you to give up. Please be strong and carry on some of his hopes and dreams This kind of thing makes me so sad. I've had kidney cancer and wouldn't be alive if it weren't for someone associated with him. God love him and his family!
Kay C January 31, 2013 at 12:17 AM
Okay Ann Sue, I am not a doctor, but I think people need to be aware of what is going on in the field of medicine, especially with medical malpractice insurance. I have a friend who is a medical doctor of psychiatry, and her insurance is over $250,000 a year - just to cover lawsuits alone. How can you ask why someone would stop practicing medicine just because they are a licensed M.D.? It's simple math in my opinion: When Income does not equal Outflow (due to extraneous charges of insurance and "free" medical care plans), how can a medical doctor stay in practice (no matter how much school they've had, or what Hippocratic oath they may have taken)??? And now you add to it the reality of patients taking out their frustration with the system on their personal doctors, what motivation is there (really) to become or even remain a doctor - is the REAL question, in my humble opinion?!?
Jerry allen February 01, 2013 at 04:56 AM
So painful for such a valuable loss to society. I am a patient recognizing the limitation of science and medicine but never the service of a dedicated pationate servant to medicine. My problems were not his responsibility nor one to blame. How can one been so ruthless? My heart will bleed until the day I die for what this Dr. labored over for my illness. Premature ejaculation? How pathetic!
Chooseup February 19, 2013 at 07:44 AM
It is becoming clear that with each new generation, the boundaries of reasonable thought and subsequent behavior are erased. Nothing shocks me anymore. I am ten times more likely to be confronted with a life or death situation than just twenty years ago. I now own a gun, a handgun to be specific. I believe I must be able to protect my family now more than ever before from the kind of person that took this doctor's life. Charles Murray is correct in his position. Society might as well outlaw box cutters, kitchen knives, screwdrivers and any other tool or weapon that can kill or mame if you believe guns kill people. I am truly sad and angry over the loss of Dr. Gilbert.

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