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Washington DC Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Gerald F. Kaplan, of counsel

Medical Malpractice Attorney

Gerald F. Kaplan

September 2007 through February 2008, Gerald F. Kaplan was the Court appointed Patient Care Ombudsman in connection with the federal bankruptcy proceedings of the Barnert Hospital, 680 Broadway, Paterson, NJ 07514-1472, in conjunction with Charles M. Golden, Esquire, Trustee OBERMAYER REBMANN MAXWELL & HIPPEL LLP, One Penn Center, 19th Floor, 1617 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Since 2001, Mr. Kaplan has continued to lecture once or twice yearly to members of the American College of Plastic Surgeons, addressing best practice and risk management issues with both the general membership and with the graduating senior plastic surgical residents.

Through late 2005, Mr. Kaplan was a once or twice yearly lecturer and panel member for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, presenting Continuing Legal Education materials relating to medical malpractice issues. For five or six years during this period, he taught at the Jefferson Medical College, assisting and teaching in the freshman medical students’ Anatomy laboratory.
Over the past 8 years or more he has presented risk management lectures at the American College of Surgeons national meetings and yearly lectures to the Senior Residents of the American College of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

2000 – 2011
Mr. Kaplan has given yearly risk management lectures to the Senior Residents of the American College of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

President Board of Directors Quietmind Foundation, Plymouth Meeting, PA

Areas of practice

  • Complex personal injury
  • Professional malpractice litigation

Admitted to practice

Medical Education

  • Franklin and Marshall College
    A.B. Biology, Honors
  • Jefferson Medical College
    Doctor of Medicine
    Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Medical Society
  • Surgical Internship,
    Columbia Presbyterian Hospital of New York
  • Surgical Residency,
    Temple University Hospital

Legal Education


  • American Board of Surgery, Certification, June, 1978
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons, October, 1979

Military Service

  • Captain Medical Corps, United States Army, 1969-1971

Community Activities

  • Board of Directors,
    United Cerebral Palsy Association of Philadelphia and Vicinity
    1979-1996, Honorary Director at Present
  • National United Cerebral Palsy Association
    Professional Services Committee
  • President, Board of Directors,
    United Cerebral Palsy Foundation of
    Philadelphia and Vicinity
  • Board of Directors,
    American Cancer Society -
    N.E. Montco Division
  • President Board of Directors
    Quietmind Foundation
    2010 through present
  • Complex Litigation Pro Bono Service Award – Judge Pro Tempore
    First Judicial District of Pennsylvania
    March 2011

Medical Bibliography

  • False Aneurysms of the Left Ventricle,
    Pennsylvania Med., 1974
  • The Thoracic Outlet Syndrome,
    Orthopedic Clinics of North Amer., April, 1975
  • Medullary Carcinoma of the Breast,
    Surgery, Gynecology and Obstetrics, May, 1977

Medical Bibliography

  • Proper Analysis of a Hospital Chart,
    Insurance Counsel Journal, April, 1985
  • Diagnostic Tools,
    The Brief, Vol. 14, No. 3, Spring, 1985
  • Potential Medical Negligence Claims,
    The Barrister, Vol. XVII, No. 1,
    Spring, 1986
  • Medical Palaver - A Monthly Column,
    The Verdict, 1987-88
  • Thermography and Personal Injury Litigation
    Samuel D. Hodge, Jr., Esq., Editor
    Chapters Two and Four
    John Wiley & Sons, 1987
  • Did You Know?
    Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association
    Quarterly Newsletter Column
    Spring, 1999 - Spring, 2000


Temple University
School of Business and Real Estate
Adjunct Instructor - Law and Society

  • Summer Semester, May - June, 1999
  • Fall Semester, September - December, 1999
  • Spring Semester, 2000


  • Complex Personal Injury -
    "Plaintiff's Counsel's Point of View"
    Del-Chester Claims Association
    March 11, 1992
  • "Trial Evidence"
    Panelist - Pennsylvania Bar Association/ PBS
    Mid-year Meeting, CLE
    November 9, 1994
  • Anatomy and Physiology of The Human Heart
    Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association
    Law in Medicine Series, CLE
    November 15, 1994
  • Medical Malpractice in General Surgical Issues
    Pennsylvania Trial Lawyer's Association, CLE
    2 New Medical Negligence Seminars
    April 18-19, 1995; Philadelphia
  • Causation Pitfalls in Medical Malpractice
    Pennsylvania Bar Association - Second Annual Conference
    April 28-29, 1995; Philadelphia
  • Winning your Case Before Trial
    Pre-Trial Practice & Depositions
    "Videotape Depositions"
    Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, CLE
    December 19, 1995; Philadelphia
  • Medicine for Lawyers
    Philadelphia Bar Association
    CLE Course Planner and Lecturer
    September 27, 1996; Philadelphia
  • Risk Management
    American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
    Guest Lecturer
    Spring Institute, April 4-6, 1997, Orlando, Florida
  • Medicine for Lawyers
    Montgomery County Trial Lawyers, CLE
    April 9, 1997, Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
  • Anatomy and Medical Jargon For Lawyers
    Pennsylvania Bar Institute, CLE
    Course Planner and Speaker
    July 24, 1997, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
    Senior Residents Meeting
    Guest Speaker: Risk Management
    April, 1998, Birmingham, Alabama
  • How to Survive A Deposition
    Just When You Thought It Was Safe
    American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
    National Convention
    October 6 - 7, 1998, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Risk Management
    American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
    Senior Resident’s Conference
    April 24 -25, 1999, Galveston, Texas
  • Risk Management
    American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
    Guest Speaker - International Meeting
    October 25, 1999, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Risk Management In The Office and Patient Selection
    American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
    Senior Resident’s Conference
    November 20 - 22, 1999, Orlando, Florida
  • Understanding Medical Charts and Procedures
    A Practical Guide For Trial Lawyers
    Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association
    December 21, 1999, Philadelphia. Pennsylvania
  • Surviving a Deposition
    American Society of Plastic Surgery
    National Conference
    October 16, 17, 2000, Los Angeles, California
  • Risk Management
    American Society of Plastic Surgeons
    Senior Resident’s Conference
    March 31, 2001, Providence, Rhode Island
  • Cash Is King: Getting Paid Under State and
    Federal Law In Pennsylvania - Anecdotal Issues
    Lorman Educational Services
    May 8, 2001, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • You’ve Been Sued - Now What?
    American Society Of Plastic Surgeons
    International Conference
    Orlando, Florida, November 6, 2001
  • The Nuts and Bolts of a Medical Malpractice Case
    Pennsylvania Bar Institute, CLE
    Mechanicsburg, PA, November 8, 2001
  • The Nuts and Bolts of a Medical Malpractice Case
    Pennsylvania Bar Institute, CLE
    Philadelphia, PA, November 13, 2001

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Office Address:

1432 Autumn Road
Rydal, Pennsylvania 19046
Phone: 215-884-0518

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