December 30, 2014

The American College of Cardiology has sanctioned Joshua Furman, MD, FACC, for violating Sections 6.2, 6.4 and 6.5 of the ACC Code of Ethics. The Complainant originally brought 14 alleged violations against Dr. Furman. The ACC Board of Trustees (BOT) accepted the recommendations of the Ethics and Discipline Committee and sustained seven of the 14 alleged violations. Summarizing the violations, The BOT admonished Dr. Furman for two violations and censured Dr. Furman for five violations. The BOT found that Dr. Furman violated Section 6.2 which provides that “Expert witness testimony is considered the practice of medicine and should be provided in an objective manner using medical knowledge to form expert medical opinions that are subject to peer review;” Section 6.4, which provides that “Expert Witness Testimony should be fair, accurate, though, and objective;” and Section 6.5, which provides that ”a member appearing as an expert witness must identify personal opinions not generally accepted by other cardiologists.” The College’s Bylaws define admonishment as “a written notification, warning, or serious rebuke” and censure as “a written judgment, condemning the member’s actions as wrong.” This is a firm reprimand.

To review the final written disposition of this case, a formal written request must be made to ACC’s Legal Affairs department at American College of Cardiology, Attn: Legal Affairs Department, 2400 N Street NW Washington, DC, 20037. In accordance with Section IX of the Code of Ethics only ACC members may receive a copy of the final written disposition.