About Greg Abrams

Greg Abrams is a private practice attorney representing physicians and medical staffs.  He served as legal counsel for the California Medical Association for nearly fifteen years. Prior to his years at CMA, Mr. Abrams was a litigator in private practice with the San Francisco law firm of Hanson, Bridgett, Marcus, Vlahos and Rudy.  Mr. Abrams also worked for the San Francisco City Attorneys Office as a health lawyer for the City’s Department of Public Health on peer review and medical staff matters, and as a litigator in workers’ compensation cases.

While at the California Medical Association, Mr. Abrams worked on a variety of issues affecting physicians including the full array of hospital medical staff functions and operations, to include quality of care issues, peer review and discipline, credentialing, bylaws, and well-being committee issues such as disruptive behavior and physician impairment; Medical Board licensing, unprofessional conduct and license discipline; reporting requirements for the National Practitioner Data Bank and the Medical Board of California (aka “805 Reports”); professional liability and the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act of 1975 (MICRA); and state and federal (HIPAA) confidentiality laws applicable to medical records, among other things.  He was also a co-author of fourteen annual revisions of CMA’s multi-volume treatise on California health law, the California Physician’s Legal Handbook (CPLH).

Mr. Abrams received his J.D. degree from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco.  He is a Past President of the California Academy of Attorneys for Health Care Professionals, comprised of attorneys focused on health care provider peer review and discipline, state agency licensing and discipline, and other areas of regulatory and administrative law affecting the full array of health care providers; and is a Past-President of the American Society of Medical Association Counsel, comprised of attorneys across the country who work for and with medical associations and specialty societies.