Sample Medical Malpractice Medical Expert Opinion

IN THE HEALTH CARE ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE
RESOLUTION OFFICE OF MARYLAND

HESTER PRYNNE
Claimant

v.

MARYLAND HEART SURGERY CENTER and JOHN WINTHROP.
Health Care Providers

Report of Arthur Dimmesdale, M.D.

I, Arthur B. Dimmesdale, M.D., hereby certify, attest, and affirm that:

  1. That I am a physician licensed to practice medicine in the State of Florida.
  2. That I am a board certified physician in the fields of General Surgery and Thoracic Surgery and I am currently the Chief of Surgical Services at Smith Medical Center in Orlando, Florida.
  3. That I have clinical experience within five years from the date of March 9, 2012, in the field of Thoracic surgery and have performed open heart surgeries.
  4. That I have reviewed medical records of patient Hester Prynne from Washington Adventist Hospital and her death certificate.
  5. That I am familiar with the standard of medical care applicable to Cardiac Surgeons such as John Winthrop, M.D. who perform open heart surgeries for patients with medical conditions similar to Hester Prynne.
  6. That the standard of medical care applicable to the Maryland Heart Surgery Center, by and through their agent/employee John Winthrop, M.D., and John Winthrop, M.D. individually, for the treatment of the late Hester Prynne, included but was not limited to the proper placement of pacing wires during Ms. Prynne’s heart surgery on or about March 9, 2012.
  7. That the standard of medical care applicable to the Maryland Heart Surgery Center, by and through their agent/employee John Winthrop, M.D., and John Winthrop, M.D. individually, included: 1) properly placing pacing wires in Ms. Prynne’s heart at the time of her open heart surgery, and 2) verifying that the pacing wires were not in a position to cause injury to other parts of Ms. Prynne’s anatomy at the conclusion of the surgery.
  8. That it is my opinion, within a reasonable degree of medical probability, that the Maryland Heart Surgery Center, by and through their agent/employee John Winthrop, M.D., and John Winthrop, M.D. individually, departed from the applicable standard of medical care owed to the late Hester Prynne during her open heart surgery by: 1) failing to properly place the pacing wires in Ms. Prynne’s heart, and 2) by failing to verify that the pacing wires were not in a position to cause injury to other parts of Ms. Prynne’s anatomy at the conclusion of the operation.
  9. That it is my opinion, within a reasonable degree of medical probability, that the Maryland Heart Surgery Center, by and through their agent/employee John Winthrop, M.D. , and John Winthrop, M.D. individually, departed from the applicable standard of medical care owed to the late Hester Prynne during her open heart surgery on or March 9, 2012, which proximately resulted in a physical injury to one of the Ms. Prynne’s vein grafts causing a laceration of a vein graft, subsequent internal bleeding, emergency surgery, physical injury, and ultimate death of Hester Prynne on February 6, 2011.
  10. That I do not devote annually more than 20% of my professional activities to activities that directly involve testimony in personal injury claims.
  11. That I am not a party to the pending litigation; that I am not an employee or partner of any party to the pending litigation; that I am not an employee or stockholder of any professional corporation of which any party of the pending litigation is a stockholder.
  12. This Expert Report does not purport to contain all of my opinions, and the opinions in this document may be modified or further explained depending upon the receipt of additional medical records and other information.

Arthur Dimmesdale, M.D

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