Journal article

Professional Oversight of Physician Expert Witnesses An Analysis of Complaints to the Professional Conduct Committee of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, 1992-2006

Aaron S Kesselheim, David M Studdert

Annals of Surgery | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2009


OBJECTIVE: To investigate the role of the professional conduct review program that is operated by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS). The program adjudicates complaints against AANS members for their work as expert witnesses in medical malpractice litigation. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA: Policymakers worry that physician expert witnesses who espouse unfounded views in malpractice cases may fuel inappropriate litigation. A growing number of professional societies have sought to oversee their members' work as expert witnesses by instituting standards to regulate this conduct and enforcing those standards through formal disciplinary procedures. The AANS runs the longest-establ..

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