Plastic Surgery Expert Witness

The Importance of Ethics

TASA ID: 11869

When choosing a plastic surgery expert witness, it’s important to choose an expert witness who is familiar with the necessary code of ethics. Historically, there has been no real formal code which expert witnesses should follow. However, in 2010, attorney Robert Ambrogi put together a code of ethics which aims to provide a guide for expert witnesses and how they should behave in an ethical way.

What does the code of ethics for expert witnesses include?

In particular, the code outlines the importance of impartiality, confidentiality, conflicts of interest, and professionalism. With regards to impartiality, Ambrogi states: 

  • An expert witness shall at all times serve with independence and objectivity, without regard to the consequences to the client.

  • A testifying expert witness shall impartially assist the court on relevant matters within the expert's area of expertise.

  • An expert should fully cooperate with retaining counsel, but shall remain independent and professional and not let advocacy interfere with independent and honest judgment.

  • An expert witness shall present a representative and unbiased picture of the research relevant to the case and to the expert's opinions.

These guidelines help to define in what way an expert witness, including a plastic surgery expert witness, can and should remain impartial and objective. 

Furthermore, with regards to confidentiality, Ambrogi defines two important points:

  1. An expert witness shall strive to understand the rules of confidentiality applicable to the case and jurisdiction in which the expert is retained.

  2. An expert witness should assume that all communications with the client or with retaining counsel may be subject to disclosure through discovery and testimony, unless instructed otherwise by retaining counsel.

Why this expert (TASA ID: 11869) follows this code of ethics when serving as a plastic surgery expert witness...

As one of the most experienced plastic surgery expert witnesses, this expert is committed to adhering to this expert witness code of ethics. It provides a clear and meaningful way for plastic surgery expert witnesses to provide expert witness testimony in an ethical and objective way. Patients, attorneys and everyone involved in the case all benefit by using this clear and mutually intelligible code of ethics.

About the Author

This expert (TASA ID: 11869), has been rendering professional expert witness and plastic surgery services in Miami, Florida for more than 20 years.

This expert witness, plastic surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He is also a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He  earned his medical degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Graduating with special honors, he also served as Chief Resident in plastic surgery at the Louisiana State University. He is a noted author of numerous articles and chapters on various aspects of plastic surgery. Currently, the expert is chief of plastic surgery at Mercy Hospital in Miami, Florida.

TASA Article Disclaimer

This article discusses issues of general interest and does not give any specific legal or business advice pertaining to any specific circumstances.  Before acting upon any of its information, you should obtain appropriate advice from a lawyer or other qualified professional.

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