By all appearances, nationally renowned perinatologist Barry S. Schifrin was a respected mind in his field as he chaired a lunchtime seminar at the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology's 2004 national conference in Philadelphia.
But as Schifrin addressed his ACOG colleagues on avoiding medical malpractice, the doctors group was well along in the process of affirming a censure of the physician for his plaintiff-side testimony in a medical malpractice case.
An ACOG peer review board slapped Schifrin, who is based in Los Angeles, with a censure in February 2004, and in July Schifrin lost his final appeal to have it overturned. Later that year, he resigned, partly in disgust at the way his case was handled.
The censure is finding its way into the hands of defense attorneys who depose Schifrin, including those involved in a recent Seminole County, Fla., case that resulted in a $24 million verdict.