Steven R Graboff MD


the AAOS and the colleran firm


Dr. Steven Graboff Prevails in Lawsuit Against the AAOS and the Colleran Firm


As you know, or may not know, Dr. Steven Graboff was suspended for 2 years by the AAOS (American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons) in June 2009 for what they alleged were violations of their Standards of Professionalism for Expert Witness testimony. 


The pretext for his suspension stemmed from the unauthorized use of a “Draft Report” authored by Dr. Steven Graboff, in which the words “Draft Report” were whited out by an attorney in Philadelphia (Francis T. Colleran of The Colleran Firm) without Dr. Steven Graboff’s knowledge or consent, and the altered document was used to settle a medical malpractice case.


A grievance was submitted to the AAOS by the defendant doctor (Menachem Meller) alleging that this “report” violated a number of the AAOS Standards of Professionalism for Expert Witness Testimony.


Dr. Steven Graboff participated in the grievance process, attending an initial Committee on Professionalism hearing, and subsequent Judiciary appeals hearing. At the conclusion of both of these AAOS hearings it was apparent to Dr. Steven Graboff (it was his opinion) that he had no real chance of defending himself, that there was a much bigger hidden agenda motivating the AAOS, and that this “grievance” was just the means to justify the end.


It is the opinion of Dr. Steven Graboff that the goal of the AAOS is to intimidate and pressure Orthopedic Surgeons to not testify against other Orthopedic Surgeons as a means to deal with the "medical malpractice crisis" and to promote “the silencing of doctors.” Without a testifying Orthopedic Expert, medical malpractice cases against Orthopedic Surgeons would diminish (or cease to exist) effecting a form of “back door” tort reform. Dr. Steven Graboff believes that his punishment (suspension) served to deliver that message to other Orthopedic Surgeons.


Dr. Steven Graboff filed suit in Federal Court in Eastern Pennsylvania April 2010 against the AAOS and the Colleran Firm for the injustice that had occurred and the resultant damage to his reputation. The trial started April 12, 2012 and a unanimous verdict was handed down by a jury of eight in favor of Dr. Steven Graboff against both the AAOS and the Colleran Firm on April 27, 2012.


On this website you will find a number of court documents and post trial publications in regards to the verdict in the case of Graboff versus the AAOS and the Colleran Firm.



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Dr. Steven Graboff is an Orthopedic Surgeon who has been in practice in the Huntington Beach, California area since 1985.


He is a well respected and sought-after Orthopedic Expert who has participated as an Orthopedic Expert Witness throughout the United States and internationally for both the plaintiff and defense in a variety of medical malpractice and personal injury cases.

The Verdict from the Federal Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania