Thea Pitzen’s recent article in the publication for and about the local medical community, Hampton Roads Physician, provides crucial information concerning “Medical Records: What Happens When the Patient Turns 18?”. In the article, Ms. Pitzen outlines steps that need to be taken by the 18-year-old patient to protect the disclosure (or not) of their medical records. She also explains the compelling reasons for an 18-year-old patient to authorize one or both parents/guardians to have access to their records. Ms. Pitzen focuses her practice on advising and defending hospitals, physicians, and other health care providers in litigation and professional regulatory board investigations. If you need assistance with legal advice or have questions concerning this issue, please contact Thea Pitzen.