The Department of Health needs experts to review cases against Florida licensed 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.
To qualify, Experts must:
(1) have a current Florida license for a minimum of 5 years and
(2) be actively teaching and/or practicing in Florida, devoting at least 75% of practice to the provision of direct patient care, with
(3) current Board Certifications meeting MOC,
(4) shall not have ever been the subject of any disciplinary action by the medical licensing authority of any state or jurisdiction, and
(5) shall not have any open complaints,
(6) is currently and shall remain in good standing with the respective healthcare profession for which his or her services are required.
Our mission is to protect the citizens of the state of Florida while being fair to practitioners.
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. If a case is transferred to Division of Administrative Hearing (DOAH), review, conferences, deposition testimony and trial services will be compensated at your requested fee. The determination of the Expert Consultant’s requested fee rate may be made by the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) if contested by respondent.
If you wish to be a paid expert, you will be compensated at a modest rate of $100.00 to $125.00 per hour for time spent in the review of a case and written opinion. Review rate remains the same while under the Department’s jurisdiction, but after transfer to Division of Administrative Hearing DOAH, review, conferences, deposition testimony and trial services will be compensated at your requested fee. Again, the determination of the Expert Consultant’s requested fee rate may be made by the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) if contested by respondent.
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.