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L.A. Now Live: Latest on doctor killed in Newport Beach

January 30, 2013 |  8:17 am

Times reporter Nicole Santa Cruz will join L.A. Now Live at 9 a.m. to discuss the case of Dr. Ronald Gilbert, who was slain at his medical office near Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach this week.

A 75-year-old man from Lake Elsinore has been arrested on suspicion of murder in the case.

Although authorities have not suggested a motive for the killing or the relationship between the suspect, Stanwood Fred Elkus, and the doctor, Elkus' neighbors said the man had problems with his prostate and had several surgeries. He told one neighbor he had cancer and didn't expect to live much longer.

Colleagues said Gilbert, 52, had an "impeccable" reputation, having worked as the chief of urology at Hoag Hospital from 1998 to 2002 and as a volunteer faculty member at UC Irvine Medical School, from which he graduated in 1987. His research interests included sexual dysfunction and bladder and prostate cancer.

"He was just a good soul," one colleague and friend said.