Tuesday, April 16

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Loggia; The Prado at Balboa Park

276 Ripped from the Headlines- Doctors in Medico-legal Crosshairs: Lessons Learned to Keep Lawyers and Regulators Away

AANS Member Fee: $195
Non-member Fee: $195
Member Fee: $195

Moderator(s): Michael J. Sacopulos, JD

Panelist(s): Bradford E. Adatto, JD; James T. Tran, MD, JD, FAANS

Its hard enough practicing the technical aspects of neurosurgery. Not all patients will be delighted with their outcomes. Unhappy patients may find their way to attorneys who will make you unhappy. And practice risks include more than just medical malpractice. They include complaints to the Board of Medicine, Attorney General, Office of Civil Rights Health and Human Services. Less often complaints are filed with the Food and Drug Administration, Federal Trade Commission, and so on. And, of course, patients with a mouse and internet connection can vent their spleen online. Navigating this landscape can be challenging. The common theme is escalating conflict between a patient and their doctor. The session will present vignettes “ripped from the headlines.” The panel will address how conflicts started, what could have been done to prevent the escalations, and outcomes based on choices made. The session will tackle substantive tips on how to stay out of the crosshairs. Although this presentation will be in the form of a panel discussion, audience participation will be encouraged. Risk mitigation and compliance presentations can be dull or terrifying. This panel will be neither. The flow of information will be fast paced and practical.

Learning Objectives: After completing this educational activity, participants should be able to:
  • Recognize areas of medico-legal risks faced by neurosurgeons in clinical settings.
  • List several risk mitigation strategies that are available.
  • Distinguish the role that third parties play in encouraging or discouraging claims brought against physicians.

Prado at Balboa Park

The Prado at Balboa Park located in the House of Hospitality, in the heart of San Diego’s world famous Balboa Park. It is a National Historic Landmark, which was originally built for the 1915-16 Panama-California Exposition. The House of Hospitality recently reopened after complete reconstruction and modernization. Every effort was made to historically renovate the House of Hospitality in keeping with its original Spanish, Moorish and Mexican architectural design. Named “One of America’s Best Restaurants” by Gourmet Magazine, the Prado at Balboa Park is uniquely San Diego.