(a) There shall be an advisory medical committee consisting of three members, who
shall be licensed physicians in good professional standing and peculiarly qualified
in the diagnosis or treatment of occupational diseases. They shall be appointed by the Industrial Commission with the approval of the Governor,
and one of them shall be designated as chairman of the committee by the Industrial
Commission. The members of committee shall be appointed to serve terms as follows: one for
a term of two years, one for a term of four years, and one for a term of six years. Upon the expiration of each term as above mentioned the Industrial Commission shall
appoint a successor for a term of six years. The function of the committee shall be to conduct examinations and make reports
as required by G.S. 97-61.1 through 97-61.6 and 97-68 through 97-71, and to assist in any postmortem examinations provided for in G.S. 97-67 when so directed by the Industrial Commission. Members of the committee shall devote to the duties of the office so much of their
time as may be required in the conducting of examinations with reasonable promptness,
and they shall attend hearings as scheduled by the Industrial Commission when their
attendance is desired for the purpose of examining and cross-examining them respecting
any report or reports made by them.
(c) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Article, the Industrial Commission,
in its discretion, may designate a qualified physician who is not a member of the
advisory medical committee to perform an examination of an employee who has filed
a claim for benefits for asbestosis or silicosis. This physician shall file his reports in the same manner a member of the advisory
medical committee files reports; and these reports shall be deemed reports of the
advisory medical committee.
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