Cardiology Expert Witnesses are often called to testify. The American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF), wrote a statement on the subject of Expert Witnesses some years ago. In it, they state that a Cardiovascular Expert Witness has the obligation and duty as a doctor, as a member of society, and as a member of the cardiology profession, to act as an expert witness in litigation where cases involve her or his experience, training, or knowledge. The ACFF believes that such expert witness testimony is required to see that the correct result occurs for all parties.
The ACCF acknowledges while some doctors do cause injury to patience as a result of malpractice, that is not always the case. Our society, and that of the cardiology profession, is best served when unbiased expert witness, and sound scientific testimony is available to all parties in medical malpractice litigation. The ACCF suggest that medical schools offer classes to instruct cardiologists on the skills and qualifications needed for a doctor to testify as an expert witness.
Indeed, the American Medical Association supports the use of cardiologists as expert witnesses. Expert testimony is effectively part of the practice of medicine. The expert should not be an advocate. They should give an honest and impartial opinion, not based on who is paying them. One of the best statements by a doctor working on a case was as follows: “I don’t work for the plaintiff or the defendant. I work for the patient. Did they receive the proper care? That is the essential question.”