Halting inappropriate expert witness testimony - ED Legal Letter - Mar 01, 2007

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Executive Editor
Larry B. Mellick, MD, MS, FAAP, FACEP
Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics
Residency Program Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
Medical College of Georgia, Augusta

Nurse Planner
Theresa Rodier Finerty, MS, RN, CNA, BC
Emergency and Trauma Services
OSF Saint Francis Medical Center
Peoria, IL

Contributing Editors
Staci Kusterbeck

William Sullivan, DO, JD, FACEP, FCLM
Director of Emergency Services
St. Mary's Hospital
Streator, IL;
Clinical Instructor
Department of Emergency Medicine
Midwestern University
Downers Grove, IL;
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Illinois
Sullivan Law Office
Frankfort, IL

Robert Bitterman, MD, JD, FACEP
Bitterman Health Law Consulting Group, Inc.
Charlotte, NC;
Vice President
Emergency Physicians Insurance Co., Inc.
Auburn, CA

Allison Weaver

Associate Publisher
Lee Landenberger
AHC Media

Editorial Board Member
Jay C. Weaver, JD, EMT-P
Private Practice Paramedic
Boston Public Health Commission
Adjunct Faculty
Northeastern University


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Financial Disclosure:

The following individuals disclose that they have no consultant, stockholder, speaker's bureau, research, or other financial relationships with companies having ties to this field of study: Larry B. Mellick, MD, MS, FAAP, FACEP, (executive editor); Theresa Rodier Finerty, MS, RN, CNA, BC, (nurse planner); Staci Kusterbeck (contributing editor); William Sullivan, DO, JD, FACEP, FCLM, (contributing editor); Allison Weaver (Editor) and Lee Landenberger (Associate Publisher). Robert Bitterman, MD, JD, FACEP, (contributing editor) discloses that he is President, Bitterman Health Law Consulting Group, Inc., Charlotte, NC; and he serves on the Board of Governors and committees of the Emergency Physicians Insurance Co., Inc., Auburn, CA. Jay C. Weaver, JD, EMT-P (editorial board member) has nothing to disclose.

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