Frequently Asked Questions about Physicians Serving as Expert Witnesses
Q. Do I need to be a medical school professor or to have graduated from an Ivy League Medical School in order to be a successful medical expert witness?
A. No. The vast majority of successful medical expert witnesses are neither academicians nor Ivy League graduates.
Q. What are attorneys looking for in a physician expert witness?
A. A knowledgeable professional who is responsive, easy to deal with and can communicate well both in writing and orally.
Q. I only want to testify for defendants, can I do that?
A. You can, but this would make you vulnerable to attack on cross-examination as being potentially biased. The most credible and successful medical expert witnesses call cases like they see them and are available to both plaintiffs and defendants.
Q. Do I need to keep practicing, or can I do medical expert witness work full time?
A. That depends. If you would like to testify in medical malpractice cases it is best that you maintain at least a part time practice.
Q. Do I need to be board certified?
A. Most successful physician expert witnesses are board certified.
Q. Do I need an active medical license?