Thoracic surgery expert witnesses may opine on pulmonology, chest medicine, respiratory medicine, and more. The American Association for Thoracic Surgery writes:
One of the most important and controversial figures in malpractice litigation is the physician expert witness. The number of malpractice suits and the size of awards for damages have grown substantially in recent years, greatly increasing demand for “expert witnesses.” The increasing number of expert witnesses has engendered the need for clear definition of their qualifications and guidelines for their behavior.
The American Association for Thoracic Surgery has adopted the following statement of qualifications for expert witnesses and guidelines for behavior of AATS members when acting as experts in the legal system. These qualifications and guidelines apply equally to AATS members rendering expert opinions prior to the initiation of litigation.
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