Specialties with the most malpractice suits, per Medscape

Fifty-one percent of physicians in the U.S. surveyed by Medscape for its 2021 Malpractice Report said they have been named in a malpractice lawsuit. 

Medscape surveyed 4,358 physicians in 29 specialties from May 21 to Aug. 28.

Here are the percentage of physicians named in malpractice lawsuits by specialty:

Plastic surgery: 83 percent

General surgery: 83 percent

Orthopedics: 81 percent

Urology: 80 percent

OB-GYN: 79 percent

Specialized surgery: 74 percent

Emergency medicine: 70 percent

Otolaryngology: 68 percent

Radiology: 64 percent

Cardiology: 58 percent

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