The role of a plastic surgery expert witness is not a simple one. There are several components required in order to perform this role well. With every word being scrutinized, there is a great amount of pressure resting on the shoulders of expert witnesses, not to mention the added pressure of being addressed – and accountable – in a court of law.
In this brief article, we will outline 3 things which make a good plastic surgery expert witness. When choosing your next expert witness, it might be prudent to ensure the plastic surgery expert witness you choose has these qualities:
1. A strong plastic surgery expert witness medical background and qualifications
This is perhaps obvious, but it’s import that a plastic surgery expert witness can demonstrate that he/she is indeed an ‘expert’. This is best proven in the form of qualifications, in particular being Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. A Board Certification indicates that the surgeon has met high standards in this specialty.
It’s important that plastic surgery expert witnesses have experience in two areas. Firstly, in their medical specialty. In addition to having certifications, having many years of experience performing plastic surgery, writing Independent Medical Evaluations, and reviewing cases are all things which help to make a good expert witness. Secondly, experience of being a plastic surgery expert witness also greatly helps. It stands to reason – the more you do something, the better you get at it. The same applies to being a plastic surgery witness. Plastic surgeons who have served as an expert witness many times – over many years – because more adept to fulfilling their role in an objective and effective manner.
3. Knowledge and use of a code of ethics for plastic surgery expert witnesses
In 2010 attorney Robert Ambrogi put together a code of ethics which aims to provide a guide for expert witness and how they should behave in an ethical way. This code of ethics is effectively a set of criteria which allows plastic surgery expert witnesses to consistently perform their duties in an ethical and moral way. For example, it offers clear guidelines with regards to performing the role in an objective way. Furthermore, it also covers other areas as confidentiality. In short, by choosing a plastic surgery expert witness who uses a code of ethics, it gives you added reassurance that ethics and professionalism will be adhered to at all times.
About Thomas Zaydon, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Plastic Surgery Institute founder, Dr. Thomas J. Zaydon, M.D. F.A.C.S, has been rendering professional expert witness and plastic surgery services in the Miami, Florida area for over twenty years.
Expert witness plastic surgeon -Dr. Zaydon 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. Dr. Zaydon 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, Dr. Zaydon is chief of plastic surgery at Mercy Hospital in Miami, Florida.
His experience, certifications, and qualifications include:
- Certified by the American Board of Plastic & Surgery
- Member – American Society of Plastic Surgery
- Fellow – American College of Surgeons
- Southeastern Society of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
- Florida Society of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon; Former President Elect
- Greater Miami Society of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery; Former President
- American College of International Physicians
- Medical Degree – Drexel Medical College
- Graduate Surgery Resident – Eastern Virginia State University
- Chief Resident Plastic Surgery – Louisiana State University