Dr. Jeffrey Lauber, a dermatologist, said he frequently referred patients with cancer symptoms to Gilbert.
“He’s the best there is,” Lauber said. “Not only is he a very good urologist, he’s a pillar of the community.”
Lauber couldn’t imagine why anyone would want to shoot Gilbert.
“This doesn’t happen down here,” he said of the wealthy enclave 45 miles southeast of Los Angeles.
Gilbert dealt with general urology, sexual dysfunction and related surgical techniques including vasectomies, bladder and prostate cancer, according to his biography on the website of the Orange Coast Urology Group, which he joined in 1993.
One of his specialties involved using a laser to vaporize prostate tissue blocking the urinary tract. His biography called him a “people person” and said he enjoys helping people.
He decided to become a doctor mainly because his father is a doctor, the biography said, adding that Gilbert had been a stockbroker and a singer in a rock band.