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Richard Anderson

Richard Anderson

Richard E. Anderson is chairman and chief executive officer of The Doctors Company, the nation’s largest physician-owned medical malpractice insurer. Anderson was a clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Diego, and is past chairman of the Department of Medicine at Scripps Memorial Hospital, where he served as senior oncologist for 18 years.

Anderson is the editor of a book, Medical Malpractice: A Physician’s Sourcebook, and the author of a number of peer-reviewed publications on medical malpractice, the Harvard Medical Practice Study, and the impact of defensive medicine.

Anderson has been invited to address numerous medical and legal forums, including the American Medical Association, the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Neurological Surgeons, the College of American Pathologists, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons®, a number of medical school faculties, and the law schools of Columbia, Stanford, Northwestern, and the University of Richmond.

Industry presentations include the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), the Physician Insurers Association of America (PIAA), the Professional Liability Underwriters Society (PLUS), Crittenden, the American Association of Health Plans, and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

Anderson currently serves on the board of overseers of the RAND Institute for Civil Justice, the board of directors of the PIAA, the board of governors of the National Patient Safety Foundation, and the board of directors of Californians Allied for Patient Protection.

Anderson is the first recipient of the PLUS Foundation’s Award for Outstanding Leadership in Healthcare Professional Liability.
After graduating from Stanford Medical School, Anderson did his internship and residency at Harvard Medical School’s Beth Israel Hospital, followed by his postdoctoral fellowship in medical oncology at Stanford. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude from Yale College. Anderson serves on the audit, finance, governance, investment, patient safety, and technology committees for The Doctors Company, and he is a director of The Doctors Company Foundation.

Recent Articles by Richard Anderson

Medical Liability Insurance (Video)

Healthcare Matters sits down with Dr. Richard Anderson, chairman and CEO of the Doctors Company. In part 7 of our State of Defensive Medicine series, we asked Dr. Anderson how the medical liability insurance landscape has changed over the last 15 years.  

Are Malpractice Claims Fading? (Video)

Healthcare Matters sits down with Dr. Richard Anderson, chairman and CEO of the Doctors Company. In Part 6 of the series, we ask Dr. Anderson if further tort reform is necessary, given that the medical malpractice insurance industry is experiencing a drop in claims and medical malpractice insurance rates continue to fall, creating what is […]

What Shapes Malpractice Coverage?

Healthcare Matters sits down with Dr. Richard Anderson, chairman and CEO of the Doctors Company. In Part 5 of the series, we discuss with Dr. Anderson the most effective provisions of the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) and how MICRA has shaped the medical malpractice insurance climate in California since 1975.

Medical Malpractice Disputes (Video)

Healthcare Matters sits down with Dr. Richard Anderson, chairman and CEO of the Doctors Company. In Part 4 of the series, we ask Dr. Anderson to share his impressions of alternative dispute resolution systems, ranging from mediation and arbitration, to specialized health courts staffed by independent panels of medical experts, to “safe harbor” systems, in […]

Risks of Malpractice Claims (Video)

Healthcare Matters sits down with Dr. Richard Anderson, chairman and CEO of the Doctors Company. In Part 3 of the series, we ask Dr. Anderson about the 2015 BMJ study: Physician spending and subsequent risk of malpractice claims: observational study. What did he find interesting about the results, and did he have any issues with the […]

How to Stop Unneeded Medical Tests (Video)

Healthcare Matters sits down with Dr. Richard Anderson, chairman and CEO of the Doctors Company. In part 2 of this series, we discuss how physicians should address patient requests for unneeded medical tests, which are unnecessary or excessive.

Perils of ‘Defensive Medicine’ (Video)

Healthcare Matters sits down with Dr. Richard Anderson, chairman and CEO of the Doctors Company. In Part 1 of the series, he helps us define what “defensive medicine” is, the economic costs associated with it and why he believes it’s a clear violation of the doctor/patient relationship.

The Sorry Spectacle of Defensive Medicine

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