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Dr. Anderson

Richard E. Anderson, MD, FACP

Our chairman and chief executive officer, is a noted authority on medical liability insurance and jurisprudence. A nationally recognized advocate in advancing the practice of good medicine, Dr. Anderson has testified on medical liability reform before Congress and state legislatures. He currently serves on the Board of Overseers of the RAND Institute for Civil Justice, the Board of Governors of the National Patient Safety Foundation, and the Board of Directors of Californians Allied for Patient Protection, the Board of Directors of the Physician Insurers Association of America (PIAA), and chairs the PIAA Rating Agency Relations Committee.

Dr. Anderson is the author of a number of peer-reviewed publications on medical malpractice and the impact of defensive medicine, including the following articles.

It’s Time to Reset the Medical Malpractice Insurance Conversation
After speaking with more than 800 doctors, practice managers, and group administrators nationwide, it’s clear that it’s time to reset the conversation around medical malpractice insurance. Dr. Anderson explains why he believes companies should serve the medical profession by partnering with those who provide care.
(March 29, 2017)

Effective Legal Reform and the Malpractice Insurance Crisis
Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics 
This case study addresses two major issues pertaining to the malpractice insurance crisis: First, is there really a crisis? Second, what is the best way to improve the medical liability system?
(December 29, 2004)

Defending the Practice of Medicine
Archives of Internal Medicine
This commentary outlines the extent of the malpractice insurance crisis, refers to historical antecedents, analyzes the causes, and provides contemporary and practical solutions. 
(June 14, 2004)

Billions for Defense: The Pervasive Nature of Defensive Medicine
Archives of Internal Medicine
This article discusses the practice of defensive medicine, focusing on the ethics and possible consequences.
(November 8, 1999)

What Doctors Need to Know About Malpractice

Medical Malpractice: A Physician's Sourcebook

This authoritative and wide-ranging book gets to the heart of issues facing physicians and surgeons today. Chapters by Dr. Anderson on the insurance industry, breast cancer litigation, and legal reform measures, combined with important sections written by The Doctors Company’s medical director and board member, David B. Troxel, MD, and former board members, Mark Gorney, MD, FACS, and Ann S. Lofsky, MD (deceased), make this book an essential medical-legal resource.

Medical Malpractice: A Physician’s Sourcebook is now available in paperback and Kindle editions. 

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