The AAOS Expert Witness Affirmation Statement identifies the responsibility of an orthopaedic surgeon testifying as an expert witness to affirm that he or she has relevant expertise and will provide true and impartial testimony based on generally accepted standards of care.
This statement relies on the principles expressed in the AAOS Code of Medical Ethics and Professionalism and the Advisory Statement on Orthopaedic Medical Testimony.
A Fellow or Member who is involved in professional liability cases should make his or her counsel aware of the AAOS Expert Witness Affirmation Statement, the AAOS Code of Medical Ethics and Professionalism and the AAOS Standards of Professionalism on Orthopaedic Expert Opinion and Testimony.
Fellows and Members may access information online about whether another orthopaedic surgeon has signed the Expert Witness Affirmation Statement in the Members Only section of the AAOS Expert Witness Program on the AAOS website. Fellows, Members or their attorneys may also request this information by contacting the AAOS Expert Witness Program. The following guidelines will facilitate requests for information regarding signed Expert Witness Affirmation Statements:
Fellows and Members are not required to sign the Expert Witness Affirmation. Signing the statement is a voluntary acknowledgement of a Fellow/Member’s responsibility as an orthopaedic surgeon when providing orthopaedic expert witness testimony. However, Fellows/Members are subject to the AAOS Standards of Professionalism (SOPs) which outline minimum standards, one of which includes Expert Opinion and Testimony. Information about the AAOS Professional Compliance and Expert Witness Programs may be found at: www.aaos.org/profcomp.
Submitting Requests for Signed AAOS Expert Witness Affirmation Statements
Written requests from law firms must be on letterhead and may be mailed or e-mailed to:
AAOS Expert Witness Program
9400 West Higgins Road
Rosemont, IL 60018
Written requests from Fellows, Members or counsel may be made through firstname.lastname@example.org. Requests from counsel must include the contact information of the law firm.
Responding to Requests for Signed AAOS Expert Witness Affirmation Statements
AAOS will only respond to written requests that identify the individual or law firm making the request.
If a current Fellow or Member has signed and submitted an AAOS Expert Witness Affirmation statement, a copy of the signed AAOS Expert Witness Statement will be mailed, emailed or faxed to the individual making the request. If the request involves an orthopaedic surgeon who is not a Fellow or Member at the time of the written request, AAOS will notify the requester that the individual is not a Fellow or Member.
AAOS will maintain a record of responses to requests for signed AAOS Expert Witness Affirmation Statements.