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Medical malpractice lawsuits can be frightening and stressful, especially for the young clinician being sued for the first time. This course will educate the participant on techniques to reduce the likelihood of being sued. It will also review the steps of the process from first finding out that you were going to be sued to the verdict at the completion of the trial. The session should be of great interest to clinicians at all levels of experience.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To become familiar with the common reasons bariatric surgeons. are sued
  2. To understand the process once a lawsuit is initiated
  3. To appreciate the medical legal process outside the U.S.
  4. To learn practice behavior that reduces the likelihood of being sued.

1:30pm The History of Medical Liability: Where did it Come From and Where is it heading?
Henry Buchwald, MD PhD
1:45pm Common Reasons Why Bariatric Surgeons get sued
Ann Rogers, MD FASMBS
2:00pm Tort Reform: Is it working?
Kelvin Higa, MD
Medical Liability Case
2:15pm Plaintiff Attorney
Patricia Daehnke
2:30pm Defense Attorney
William Daily III
2:45pm Audience Vote then Active
3:00pm Lunch
3:45pm Lessons learned from the ASMBS Closed Claims Registry
John Morton, MD MPH
4:00pm What to do if (when) you get sued
Scott Shikora, MD
4:15pm Walking through the Malpractice process from the first being served until the case completed
John W Baker, MD FACS
The State of Medical Liability around the world
4:30pm Medical Liability in Latin America
Estuardo J Behrens, MD FACS FASMBS
4:40pm Medical Liability in Asia Pacific
Lilian Kow, MD
4:50pm Medical Liability in the Middle East/Africa
Hazem Al-Momani
5:00pm Panel Discussion and Question/Answer
5:15pm Adjourn