Alan Laufman, M.D., J.D. has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), a law degree (J.D.) from Harvard Law School (cum laude) and a medical degree (M.D.) from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He has been licensed in Texas in law and medicine since 1979 and lives in the Dallas area.
For over 25 years, Dr. Laufman represented patients and physicians in legal cases which raised questions about the standard of appropriate care for the diagnosis or treatment of a patient or the conduct of a pharmaceutical company. The work involved close collaboration with medical experts in almost every medical specialty, including many nationally renowned experts, and routinely required a detailed review of pertinent medical literature.
Dr. Laufman has also frequently served as a medical advocate for patients unsatisfied with their medical care or the options they were given and for patients having difficulty making a decision on a serious medical problem. He now devotes much of his time to medical advocate work and has helped patients all over the United States.
In recent years, he has assisted cancer patients with lymphoma, melanoma and cancer of the bladder, breast, colon, kidney, lung, prostate and thyroid and patients with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, back problems, chronic venous insufficiency, diverticulitis, gall bladder surgery complications, inguinal hernia complications, heart disease, irritable bowel syndrome, meningioma, obstructive sleep apnea, dementia and many other problems.
Experience as a Patient
At age 19, during his sophomore year in college, Dr. Laufman was diagnosed as having an advanced Hodgkin’s lymphoma (stage IV Hodgkin’s disease). His experience with months of chemotherapy and years of monitoring for a recurrence of the cancer (which never developed) left him with a natural empathy for patients facing serious medical problems.