Medical experts witnesses are a diverse group of physicians covering all primary and specialty fields of medicine. They treat patients for every medical (non-surgical) condition imaginable, and work in both inpatient and outpatient settings. While each medical field has a contingent of physicians who specialize in the treatment of children (e.g. Pediatric Endocrinology), some specialties such as Family Medicine and Allergy & Immunology routinely include the treatment of both children and adults.
Primary care providers hail from the fields of Internal Medicine, Family Medicine and Pediatrics, and focus on the prevention and treatment of myriad health-related conditions. Primary Care Providers serve at the center of the classic hub-and-spoke medical system in which patients establish a relationship with a single healthcare provider who freely consults with colleagues and specialists from other medical and surgical fields. As patient volumes expand, Primary Care Providers often elect to align with mid-level (non-physician) providers such as Physician Assistants (PA) and Nurse Practitioners (NP). PAs and NPs allow busy practices to economically treat a greater number of patients.
Beyond primary care, there are 21 other major medical specialties that have unique training programs and board certifications that are entirely independent of Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, and Pediatrics. This diverse group of healthcare providers includes fields such as Emergency Medicine, Anesthesiology, Neurology, Psychiatry, Radiology, and Pathology. Each of these specialty fields, as well as all Primary Care fields, allows physicians to subspecialize and to become medical expert witnesses.
Subspecialists are physicians who undertake one or more years of additional training during residency or fellowship that allows them to subspecialize within a particular field. The most familiar core subspecialties extend from primary training in Internal Medicine and include common fields such as Cardiology, Pulmonology, Endocrinology, Oncology, and 16 other specialties. Other subspecialists arise from unrelated fields such as Anesthesiologists who focus Pain Medicine, or Psychiatrists with certification in Addiction Psychiatry.
Altogether, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) recognizes 25 unique fields of medicine from which physicians may subspecialize into an additional 106 focused endeavors. We invite you to connect with Elite’s in-house Case Strategy Team to align with hand-selected medical expert witnesses from every field and subspecialty.