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Dear Dr Friedman,

I have been diagnosed with severe depression for many years. In all those years the only doctor that has been able to control my depression is moving out of a physicians group. I do not know if by contract the group or even the doctor can tell me where he is moving to or if he is opening his own practice. My question is do I have the right to be informed about this since I want to follow him to take care of my illness? Thank you so much.

Alfonso

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Alfonso,

You have an absolute right to know where your doctor is going.  If the office refuses to tell you, check with the board of medical examiners or ask your doctor to provide you with this information.

Very truly yours,

Paul D. Friedman, M.A., Ph.D., J.D.

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In addition to my law degree, I have a master's degree in bioethics and a doctorate of philosophy involving comparative medical, legal and business ethics. I am an adjunct professor at a medical school teaching ethics to healthcare professionals and graduate students.

I can answer questions dealing with general ethics principles, including medical ethics, research ethics and bioethics. I am not a moralist and do not interject subjective values such as what is morally right and wrong. Also, I do not give legal advice over the internet.

For more information, you can view my webiste at WWW.EXPERTETHICS.COM

Experience

I have been a civil trial attorney since 1989 with a masters degree in bioethics and a doctorate of philosophy involving comparative ethics.

Organizations
State Bar of Arizona
State Bar of Colorado (inactive)
District of Columbia Bar (inactive)
Federal Bar
Licensed in the Arizona District Court
Licensed in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
licensed in the United States Supreme Court
American Bar Association
American Association for Justice
Arizona Trial Lawyers Association
American Society for Bioethics and Humanities
Kennedy Institute of Ethics


Publications
A list of my copyrighted publications and presentations is contained at WWW.EXPERTETHICS.COM

Education/Credentials
Bachelor of Arts 1985
Juris Doctorate 1989
Master of Arts in Bioethics 2004
Doctorate in Philosophy 2006

Awards and Honors
Phi Beta Kappa
Multiple Who's Who
Outstanding Achievement Award in Bioethics from Midwestern University

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