Interested in Becoming an Expert Witness?


Each year the Department of Health contracts with experts to review cases against medical professionals who may have failed to provide appropriate medical care such as is expected of a medical practitioner in the State of Florida. Being an expert witness for the Department not only helps to improve the efficiency of the disciplinary process, but also allows you to play an active role in helping to regulate your profession. Experts must have a current Florida license and be actively practicing in Florida, shall not have ever been the subject of any disciplinary action by the medical licensing authority of any state or jurisdiction, and is currently and shall remain in good standing with the respective healthcare profession for which his or her services are required.

The Department offers two types of expert witness contracts. If you wish to provide your services pro bono, Board rules provide an official recognition for time spent in the review of a case and written opinion by awarding Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credits of 5.0 hours per case, up to a maximum of 15 hours per biennial license renewal period towards risk management. For services other than case review and written opinion, such as deposition and trial services, you will be compensated at a modest rate of $160.00 per hour.

If you wish to be a paid expert, you will be compensated at a modest rate of $125.00 per hour for time spent in the review of a case and written opinion and $160.00 for deposition and trial services.

Your deposition testimony would typically be paid by the opposing counsel at your requested fee. Additionally, the Department reimburses travel expenses in accordance with the Department of Health 40-1 (Official Travel of Department of Health Employees and Non-Employees.)

If you are interested in becoming an expert witness for the Department and your board, please provide the information requested below:

Name *Required

Email *Required

Street Address

City, State, Zip

Direct Number & Extension

Florida License Number *Required

After reviewing the information provided, do you wish to participate as a:
Pro Bono Expert WitnessPaid Expert Witness

List all current American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Certificates. Include specialty/subspecialty and date(s) of practice (e.g. pediatrics/endocrinology 1979-2000)

List practice specialty and any sub-specialties in which you feel you can render a medical opinion:

List each hospital and location where you currently have full privileges. Identify your specialty or subspecialty for each hospital listed.

Have you ever been the defendant or respondent in an action involving medical negligence or malpractice? If the answer is YES, please provide a brief explanation (documentation of final disposition will be required later)

Have you ever been the defendant or respondent in a criminal action? If the answer is YES, please provide a brief explanation (documentation of final disposition will be required later)

Are you in active practice? If NO, please explain.

Please check any of the following in which you have prior expert witness experience:
ConsultantTestifying WitnessFor PlaintiffFor Defense

Thank you for applying to be an expert witness.

You will need to submit, either via mail or email, your current curriculum vitae.

Please send your current curriculum vitae and, if applicable, any documentation of final disposition, to:

Irene Lake, Regulatory Supervisor
Department of Health
Prosecution Services Unit
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin C-65
Tallahassee, FL 32399
irene.lake@flhealth.org
850-245-4685 fax

If you have any questions, please contact us, by phone at (850) 245-4660.

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