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Medical Treatment or Conspiracy? The Physician’s Dilemma in Treating Celebrities


Eric Friedman
(212) 382-6754
Kathryn Inman

Medical Treatment or Conspiracy? The Physician’s Dilemma in Treating Celebrities

This symposium will cover the criminal and civil liability and ethical dilemmas facing doctors when treating the affluent, influential, or famous patient. With a case loosely based upon recent celebrity deaths due to overdose, a panel of medical and legal experts will engage in a town hall-style discussion on how and why doctors find themselves in trouble with the law, and what their best defense might be. 

What: Town hall-style discussion on legal issues related to medical treatment for celebrities

Who: Moderator: MARGARET MAYO, Gaffin & Mayo, P.C.

Speakers: WILLIAM HUNTER, M.D., Attending Psychiatrist, Woodhull Medical Center of New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation; MICHAEL KELTON, Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Greenberg, Formato & Einiger, LLP; ALFREDO MENDEZ, Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Greenberg, Formato & Einiger, LLP; ROY NEMERSON, Deputy Counsel, New York State Office of Professional Medical Conduct; KENNETH PRAGER, M.D., Professor of Clinical Medicine, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons; RUSSELL K. PORTENCY, M.D.,  Chairman, Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care, Beth Israel Medical Center, New York;   ANNE PRUNTY, Assistant District Attorney, New York County

When: Wednesday, May 26 th, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Where: New York City Bar Association, 42 W. 44 th St., New York, NY

Free of Charge. Open to the Public.

About the Association

The New York City Bar Association ( was founded in 1870, and since then has been dedicated to maintaining the high ethical standards of the profession, promoting reform of the law, and providing service to the profession and the public. The Association continues to work for political, legal and social reform, while implementing innovative means to help the disadvantaged. Protecting the public’s welfare remains one of the Association’s highest priorities.