American Board of Legal Medicine

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American Board of Legal Medicine
Logo of the American Board of Legal Medicine
TypeProfessional Society
HeadquartersSeverna Park, Maryland
  • United States
Peter Rheinstein

The American Board of Legal Medicine sets the standards for training and certifying competency in health care law for dual degreed physician attorneys, with the self-stated aim of promoting excellence in practice through its certification process. Candidates who have completed the requisite training may take an examination to become board-certified by ABLM.


Peter Rheinstein, Chairman of the American Board of Legal Medicine

The current American Board of Legal Medicine is a nonprofit organization incorporated in 1951 in the state of Delaware.[1][2] In 1980, the American Board of Law in Medicine, Inc. also was incorporated in the state of Delaware. To facilitate the recognition of Legal Medicine as a specialty, the two entities merged in 1987 with the surviving entity being the American Board of Legal Medicine, Inc. In 2007, the subsidiary American Board of Medical Malpractice was developed to certify professionals who hold a law degree plus a doctoral level health care degree other than M.D. or D.O.[3]


The ABLM is governed by a twelve-member board, who elect their own chairman, secretary, and treasurer.

Examination process[edit]

ABLM administers examinations to individuals with both legal and medical degrees. The Board has certified approximately 300 MD/JDs in legal medicine by means of computer-based or paper based examinations.[4] The ABLM also furnishes study materials and courses in Legal Medicine and Medical Malpractice.

Board members[edit]

  • Peter Rheinstein
  • Cyril Wecht [5]
  • Marvin Firestone
  • John K. Hall
  • Curtis E. Harris
  • Weldon E. Havins
  • Matthias Okoye [6]
  • Daniel L. Orr II
  • Michael M. Raskin
  • Shafeek Sandy Sanbar
  • Richard Wilbur


  1. ^ Collected papers, 1956-1959. American Board of Legal Medicine. Central Book Company, Inc., Brooklyn, N. Y., 1960
  2. ^ Medical Economics, Volume 30 p 154, 1953
  3. ^ American Board of Legal Medicine Website
  4. ^ Shafeek S. Sanbar, American College of Legal Medicine. Legal Medicine. Elsevier 2004 p 9
  5. ^ Cyril Wecht. Preparing and Winning Medical Negligence Cases. Juris Publishing, Inc. 2009
  6. ^ Cyril H. Wecht, Matthias I. Okoye. Forensic Investigation and Management of Mass Disasters. Lawyers & Judges Publishing 2007 p447