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Legal Column Coming to AARC Times in June

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April 15, 2010

Anthony L. DeWitt
Anthony L. DeWitt

AARC Times will soon be the source where respiratory therapists turn to for answers to their professional practice questions. Attorney Anthony L. DeWitt, JD, RRT, FAARC, is excited to join AARC Times as a columnist writing a monthly column entitled “General Counsel.”

DeWitt, a long time American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) member, traces his history in respiratory care back to the late 1970s, when he completed an advanced study course in respiratory care at Creighton University in Omaha, NE. He worked many years in respiratory care, finishing his career as a department director at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL.

By 1990 DeWitt was ready for new challenges and left the practice of respiratory care to attend law school. He graduated at the top of his class at St. Louis University School of Law in 1993 and is now a partner with Bartimus, Frickleton, Robertson & Gorny, PC, in Leawood, KS. He is a member of the firm’s appellate practice team handling complex appellate issues before state and federal courts.

Despite leaving respiratory care practice for the law, DeWitt has maintained strong ties to the profession. “I was a respiratory therapist for the better part of my life and although I am now an attorney, I still consider myself a respiratory therapist,” says DeWitt. Those ties include presentations at the AARC International Respiratory Congress and other events as well as authoring books and papers on medical related legal topics. In 2005 he was named a Fellow of the AARC (FAARC).

The new column will kick off in the June issue of AARC Times.