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Wednesday October 12th, 2011

Medical Malpractice Litigation: The Medical and Legal Perspectives

George M. Moscarino, Founding Partner Moscarino & Treu LLP

Howard Nearman, M.D., University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cascorbi Professor and Chair, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Wednesday October 12, 2011, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Elena and Miles Zaremski Law-Medicine Forum presented by the Law-Medicine Center at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Many issues and challenges arise in medical malpractice cases. Mr. Moscarino will discuss the legal viewpoint, while Dr. Nearman will present the point of view of the medical profession. Dr. Nearman will also focus on issues presented by expert witness testimony in such cases.

Additional Information About Our Guest

A founding partner in the law firm Moscarino & Treu LLP, George Moscarino began his career in 1983 as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Cuyahoga County, OH resulting in numerous trial convictions in felony cases and grand jury investigations of white-collar crime matters. In 1986, Moscarino was hired as an associate with the Cleveland office of Arter & Hadden, where he focused his practice on civil trial matters, including medical malpractice defense and business litigation. Since 1998, Moscarino has continued his defense of local hospitals and physicians, with the successful defense of numerous high-profile wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases. He has also successfully defended and prosecuted multiple business suits, including matters involving banking and financial investments. Moscarino has also acted as counsel and trial attorney for numerous professional athletes in a variety of civil litigation matters.

A member of the Ohio, Cleveland and Cuyahoga County Bar Associations, George Moscarino also serves as a member of the Litigation Council for the Section of Litigation for the Cleveland Bar Association. A Barrister in the Anthony J. Celebrezze Inn of Court and a Life Member of the Judicial Conference for the Eighth Appellate District, George was named an Ohio Super Lawyer in 2005, 2006 and 2007. A native Clevelander, George Moscarino obtained his undergraduate degree from Denison University in 1980. He obtained his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University in 1983, where he was a member of the National Moot Court Team.

Dr. Howard Nearman is the Cascorbi Professor and chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. After graduating from Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, Nearman served as a surgical resident for two years before completing a residency in anesthesiology and a fellowship in Critical Care Medicine, both at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. He joined the faculty at Case in 1981 as the chief of surgical critical care. In 1991 he became the first clinical director of Operative Services at UH, a position that he held until becoming Chair in 2000. He was also appointed anesthesiologist–in-chief for University Hospitals Health System in 2005.

Dr. Nearman plays an active role in OR management, having served for many years on the Board of the American Association of Clinical Directors. He is also a founding member of the Council of Teaching Hospitals OR Directors, which has been meeting since 1994. He has been elected as a Fellow in the College of Critical Care Medicine along with a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering and an MBA, both from Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Nearman is active in a number of state and national societies, and has been named on the Best Doctors list continuously since 2001. He has served as an expert witness in medical malpractice cases for almost 30 years.