David J. Goldberg, M.D., J.D.
Dr. Goldberg is Director of Skin Laser & Surgery Specialists of New York and New Jersey, Director of Mohs Surgery and laser research, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, and Adjunct Professor of Law, Fordham Law School.
Editorial: Looking to the future: Unselfishness, volunteerism define dermatology's next generation
It seems that over the past several decades, there has been an apparent increased level of concern about the lack of work ethic and selfish motivation of next generation, and whether or not the world will survive the laid-back, "me first" attitude that seem all too prevalent in the younger generation today.
Legal: Restrictive covenants: Are they enforceable when a partner leaves the practice?
Dr. C has been in practice for many years with Dr. W. They have an enormously successful dermatology practice and have a standard partnership agreement, the sole purpose of which is to protect the interests of their practice. The agreement has various paragraphs that deal with salaries, benefits, coverage and restrictive covenants.
Legal: Standard of care: My patient died from a side effect; will I be sued for millions?
Dr. Foot has, for years, been prescribing a highly effective oral medication for tinea pedis. One of the known and documented side effects of this oral agent is liver failure.
Legal: My pharm rep only gave me a pen!
Dr. Gift has practiced dermatology for 15 years and has enjoyed a long-term relationship with many of his pharmaceutical representatives. For years, he has enjoyed lavish dinners and sporting events; his staff has enjoyed wonderful lunches and dinners. At all such events, both he and his staff learned something.
Legal: Using patient videos for teaching requires informed consent
Dr. Photo has lectured at numerous American Academy of Dermatology meetings. His lectures are well-attended and receive the highest attendee rankings. His PowerPoint presentations are always noted for their exceptional clarity.
'Negligent credentialing'
Dr. Skin has a Sunbelt-based practice with a heavy emphasis on skin cancer. He has seen thousands of melanomas, some life- threatening, over his 20-year career.
Should I use predispute binding arbitration?
Dr. Suit has a large dermatology practice in the Sunbelt. He has seen countless numbers of malignant melanoma patients over the past 20 years. Unfortunately, he has been sued four times on the issue of misdiagnosis of melanoma. Three cases went to court, and in the two cases in which the patient died, he lost multimillion-dollar lawsuits because of sympathetic juries.
Reviewing radiofrequency
Though this column typically focuses on lights and lasers, mentioning radiofrequency (RF) is clearly indicated for many reasons.


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