|November 2007 · Vol. 19, No. 11
FOCUS ON: PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY
An idea takes root: Hold those expert witnesses accountable
Three cases show how regulation of physician–expert witnesses can be effective—or bite back
A federal court recently upheld the right of a professional society to discipline members who violate a code of conduct. This could include physicians in expert-witness testimony.
An expert should review the entire case history before providing an opinion in court—and base opinions on peer-reviewed evidence whenever possible
When filing a complaint, avoid making unsupported claims and inflammatory statements
Dr. Kesselheim is on the faculty of the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, where he is also an Associate Physician. He is a Clinical Fellow in the Department of Medicine, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Mass.
The author reports no financial relationships relevant to this article.