Expert Witness Testimony


The Expert Witness Testimony online course offers education to members regarding fundamentals of the U.S. legal system, frequently litigated areas of neurosurgical practice, the expectations of the Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) and high-risk areas of expert testimony identified by the PCC. 


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  • Christopher Taylor , MD


  • James R. Bean, MD
  • Alex Michael, MD

Learning Objectives:

Describe U.S. civil courts and fundamentals of tort law. Contrast medical opinions and decision making with legal opinions and decision making.

Define medical expert, duty, standard of care, causation, damages, authoritative, reasonable medical probability, and other legal terms of art.

Identify frequently litigated areas of neurosurgical practice and review the science including pedicle screw placement, cauda equina syndrome, wrong site surgery, diagnosis of SAH, etc.

Describe the Professional Conduct Committee of the AANS including its basis, history, expectations, actions, and “high-risk” areas for AANS members who provide expert witness testimony


The opinions expressed in this educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the AANS. This educational activity does not endorse one particular type of instrumentation, nor is it intended to dictate an exclusive course of management. It presents one of numerous recognized methods of clinical practice for consideration by physicians for incorporation into their practices. Variations of practice taking into account the needs of the individual patient, resources, and limitations unique to the institution or type of practice may be appropriate. Disclosure about patient confidentiality, standards of care, or course of management does not imply endorsement or disapproval of products.

Please note: It is recognized that the use of non-FDA approved devices is described in some of the published material, but these techniques are often the standard of care and may be of value to the patients we serve.

Disclosure Information

As a provider accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the AANS must ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of its sponsored educational activities. In accordance with the ACCME’s Standards for Commercial Support, the AANS is required to disclose to the activity audience the relevant financial relationships of the planners, faculty and any other individual in a position to control content of this activity.

Please find the relevant financial relationships disclosed below for all individuals in control of content. All conflicts of interest have been resolved in accordance with ACCME Standards for Commercial Support.

Planners, faculty and any other individuals in control of content not listed have indicated that they have no relevant financial relationships to disclose for this activity.


The AANS is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The AANS designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity was published in 9/23/2020. Credit may be obtained until 9/23/2023.


Expert Witness Testimony
Open to view video.
Open to view video. Chris Taylor, MD
CME Evaluation
Expert Witness Testimony Quiz
10 Questions  |  2 attempts  |  7/10 points to pass
10 Questions  |  2 attempts  |  7/10 points to pass
8 Questions
1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM credit  |  Certificate available