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Marketing Janowitz-Bogdanowicz
Manager Marketing & Communication
5250 Old Orchard Road, Suite 200
Skokie IL 60077-3703
USA
phone: 847-853-6060
fax: 847-853-9028
The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) is a non-profit organization. Its history spans more than 25 years of independent and cooperative efforts by many national organizations, all dedicated to high quality ambulatory health care. The AAAHC is a leader in ambulatory health care accreditation and serves as an advocate for the provision and documentation of high quality health services in ambulatory health care organizations. This is accomplished through the development of standards and through its survey and accreditation programs.
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John D. Baker, MD, FACC, FACP, FSCAI
4790 Irvine Blvd. #105-141
Irvine CA 92620-1973
USA
phone: 877-924-9009
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John D. Baker, MD, FACC, FACP, FSCAI, is an actively practicing, Invasive / Interventional Cardiologist with over 20 years of experience. He specializes in Advanced Interventional procedures such as complex Angioplasty and Stents, and Rotational and Laser Atherectomy Procedures.

Dr. Baker is an actively practicing Invasive/ Interventional Cardiologist in a busy 15+ physician Cardiology group, the largest in Orange County. He previously served as the Director of Invasive/Interventional Cardiology and Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories at Anaheim Regional Medical Center, and he served as Co-Chair of the American College of Cardiology - Cardiovascular Care Team Council and Section from 2012-2015.

Dr. Baker is an Expert Reviewer and Consultant for the California Medical Board of Physicians and Surgeons - Enforcement Division. He has extensive experience in peer review, in his capacities as prior Chair of Invasive Cardiology, organizing and maintaining high quality accurate peer review for Anaheim Memorial Medical Center, and redesigning the process to meet Joint Commission’s Standards.

Educator - Dr. Baker has trained other Interventional Cardiologists in advanced procedures such as Rotational and Laser Atherectomy. He is also an active participant and leader in multiple physician education programs and participates in Cardiology Best Practice teams to promote evidence-based medicine throughout California.

Speaker - Dr. Baker has been involved in several speaking engagements for Physician training on topics such as Drug Eluting Stents, Radiation Safety and Prevention of Skin Injury from Fluoroscopic Procedures and Advanced Coronary Interventional Procedures.

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Michael J. Blumenkrantz, MD, FACP, FACN, CNSP
2080 Century Park East
Ste 1207
Los Angeles CA 90067
USA
phone: 310-289-9824
fax: 310-271-3659
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Michael Blumenkrantz, MD, FACP, FACN, CNSP, has over 40 years of experience specializing in Internal Medicine and Nephrology. During the 1970s and 1980s, Dr. Blumenkrantz spent extensive research primarily in the fields of Dialysis and Clinical Nutrition. He is currently an internationally recognized expert in:
  • Internal Medicine
  • Critical Care
  • Dialysis
  • Kidney Disease
  • Total Parenteral Nutrition
  • Nutrition
  • Dr. Blumenkrantz has presented and defended innumerable papers at both national and international conferences, published extensively (80+ papers), and was invited as a visiting professor to a number of institutions in the United States and abroad, including Germany, Mexico, Prague, Italy, Argentina, and South Africa. He has served as a reviewer on the editorial boards of many journals such as the American Journal of Nephrology, the American Journal of Kidney Disease, Annals of Internal Medicine, and the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition to name a few.

    Education: AB, Columbia College, NYC; MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NYC; Internship & Residency, Hospital of University of PA; Fellowship, Wadsworth VA/UCLA.

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    Dr. Joseph S. Carey
    Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon
    3475 Torrance Blvd., Ste B
    Torrance CA 90503
    USA
    phone: 310-540-1011
    fax: 310-326-3994
    Dr. Joseph S. Carey, M.D. is a Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon. He has served as a Clinical Professor at UCLA and is currently Clinical Professor of Surgery at UC Irvine. Since entering private practice, he has held appointments as Chairman of the Thoracic Surgery Sections at Santa Monica and Saint Johns Hospital in Santa Monica, Centinela Hospital in Inglewood, and Torrance Memorial Hospital and Providence-Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance. He currently has active staff privileges at Torrance Memorial, Providence-LCOM, Harbor-UCLA and Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach.

    Dr. Carey has served as a member of the National Database and Standards and Ethics Committees of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and has served on the Society's Council on Quality Assurance and Patient Advocacy. As a member, he has addressed quality issues in thoracic surgery programs at a national level, and has served as visiting reviewer at hospitals in California as well as other states. He has managed quality improvement programs funded by private foundations, and has published papers on practice standards and processes of care in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery.
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    Cheickna Diarra, MD, FACS
    Atlanta GA USA
    phone: 404-561-7316
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    Cheickna Diarra, MD, FACS, has over 13 years of experience trained in minimally invasive general surgery, bariatric surgery, and robotic surgery. He maintains a full time practice working as a minimally invasive general surgeon / robotic surgeon at Kaiser Permanente in Atlanta, Georgia.

    He is skilled in minimally invasive general surgery techniques, acute care surgery, and trauma surgery. Dr. Diarra has strong expertise in patient safety, bile duct injuries, bowel injury, and intraoperative complications. Having served as vice chief of surgery and as a member of the medical executive committee at Carlsbad Medical Center in Carlsbad, New Mexico, he has dealt with numerous cases of medical negligence, patient injury, and other medico-legal issues.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Diarra provides expert witness services to attorneys representing both plaintiff and defense attorneys. He has been deposed, examined, and cross-examined many times. Dr. Diarra is an experienced chart reviewer and offers written reports, depositions, and trial testimony as needed. He is licensed to practice in Georgia and New Mexico, and speaks English, French, and conversational Spanish.

    *Expert professional opinions expressed by Dr. Diarra are based on his own personal capacity and do not necessarily represent the views of Kaiser Permanente / The Southeast Permanente Medical Group (TSPMG)

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Minimally Invasive Surgery
    • General Surgery
    • Gallbladder Surgery Complications
    • Bariatric Surgery
    • Robotic Surgery
    • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Acute Care Surgery
  • Upper and Lower Endoscopy
  • Complex Hernia Surgery
  • Bile Duct Injury
  • Bowel Injury
  • Medical Error Prevention / Patient Safety
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    Lori S. Corley, MD, FAAP
    Pediatric / Adolescent Medical Consultant
    3016 Mulberry Street
    Marietta GA 30066
    USA
    phone: 770-973-3482
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    Lori S. Corley MD, FAAP, is Board Certified in Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. Also certified in Basic Life Support (BLS) and Neonatal Advanced Life Support NALS, she provides comprehensive medical care for infants, children, and adolescents, acting as their primary care physician.

    Employment Experience
    • Consultant / Expert Witness for Medical Malpractice cases - Case list available on request (2004-present)
    • Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Georgia Health Sciences University /Medical College of Georgia (2002-present)
    • Adjunct Professor, MSN Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program, Kennesaw State University (2001-present)
    Dr. Corley provides litigation support services to attorneys representing Plaintiff and Defense. She is available to review medical records, give depositions, and trial testimony for cases that include issues of causation, quality control, and standard of care.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Pediatric Medicine - General infections and illnesses (fevers, sore throats, ear infections, etc.) and minor injuries, as well as some diseases (septic shock), emotional stressors in children that may lead to psychiatric or mental health complications, including developmental and anxiety disorders, behavioral problems and functional complications
    • Adolescent Medicine - Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), substance abuse, obesity, eating disorders, mental illnesses (ADHD), acne, pregnancy, birth control programs, menstrual disorders, problems with puberty, among many other conditions and disorders
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    Cleveland OH USA
    phone: 216-401-6281 or 216-983-4965
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    Jon C. Davidson, MD, is a fellowship-trained Interventional Radiologist with over 14 years of experience practicing in an academic medical institution. He currently sits on the Standards of Practice Committee for the Society of Interventional Radiology, and is very involved with developing guidelines for the standard of care within his specialty. I currently serve on the Society of Interventional Radiology Standards of Practice Comittee, whereby I am responsible for developing guidelines for nearly all the procedures that we perform.

    Dr. Davidson is the Fellowship Program Director for Interventional Radiology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. Also serving as Staff Radiologist, he has been responsible for training many successful Interventional Radiologists throughout the world.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Davidson has been involved with many expert witness consultations, and has a great deal of experience with defining the standard of care. He has expertise in nearly all Vascular and Interventional Radiology procedures, as well as most of Diagnostic Radiology.

    Dr. Davidson's services include medical record review, written reports, depositions, and trial testimony when necessary. His expertise is available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant. Dr. Davidson is licensed to practice in New York, Tennessee, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Idaho.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Interventional Radiology
    • Interventional Oncology
    • Women's Health
  • Vascular Access
  • Radiology
  • Standard of Care
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    John J. Dougherty, MD, FACOG, MBA
    Sinking Spring PA USA
    phone: 484-336-4100
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    John J. Dougherty, MD, FACOG, MBA, is Board Certified in Gynecology and Obstetrics. He specializes in High Risk Obstetrics and Minimally Invasive Surgery.

    Dr. Dougherty completed his residency training in general OB / GYN at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, NJ. Monmouth provided expansive experience in general and in high risk ob/gyn. Dr. Dougherty also received a very high volume of pelvic surgery training.

    From residency, Dr. Dougherty joined 2 private group practices, one in Virginia, followed by another in Pennsylvania, and practiced as a general OB / GYN. Within each group, I focused mainly on high risk obstetrics and minimally invasive surgery.

    After 12 years in private practice, Dr. Dougherty transitioned to academic medicine and became heavily involved with healthcare administration activities. He obtained his MBA from Lehigh University and took the lead on a variety of healthcare related projects. As associate residency program director of an OB/GYN residency, he is able to maintain his clinical skills while broadening his healthcare administrative experiences.

    Dr. Dougherty has been a Fellow of the American Congress of OB/GYN since 2003. He serves as a representative of the Professional Practice Evaluation Committee and is Patient Quality and Safety Committee Chair.

    Litigation Support - John J. Dougherty provides expert witness services to counsel representing both plaintiff and defendant. His services include written reports, depositions, and trial testimony as needed.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • High Risk Obstetrics
    • Minimally Invasive Surgery
    • Pelvic Surgery
    • Gynecologic Cancer
    • Routine Obstetrics
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    Sasha M. Demos, MD, PhD
    Naperville IL USA
    phone: 630-373-2585
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    Sasha M. Demos, MD, PhD, is a Board Certified Anesthesiologist offering Strategic Planning and Quality Improvement consulting services to the Healthcare industry. Her focus is on the physician perspective to problem solving with a key area of specialization in clinical co-management and clinical program development.

    Dr. Demos is Chairman of the Department of Anesthesia at Edward Hospital in the Chicago area. With a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago, she focused on the areas of Drug Delivery Systems and Ultrasonic Imaging.

    Prior to her appointment as Chair, Dr. Demos also served as Director of Obstetrical Anesthesia and was a member of the pediatric anesthesia team for many years. She has authored multiple manuscripts in the areas of liposomes, ultrasound contrast agents, and targeted therapies, and has a patent for her research and development of Acoustically Reflective Liposomes for Tissue Specific Ultrasonic Enhancement. She currently holds an appointment as Adjunct Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

    Dr. Demos' administrative experience has provided involvement in the areas of quality, drug diversion prevention, and risk management. She has extensive experience in airway management, prevention of surgical fires, general, obstetrical, pediatric, thoracic, neuro, regional, and ambulatory anesthesia as well as sedation outside of the operating room.

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    Carlos M Torres
    M.D.
    3704 Sunrise Ranch Road
    Southlake TX 76092
    USA
    phone: 972-816-3928
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    EXPERTISE IN:

    1. The pathobiology, clinico-pathologic correlation, and histopathologic diagnosis of: diseases of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, rectum, anus, liver, and pancreas.

    2. Human neoplasms (cancer) and preneoplastic conditions.

    3. Establishing standard of care, causation and cause of death.

    Dr. Torres was instrumental in creating a rather unique model of GI subspecialty-focused laboratory, that during his 12 yrs tenure became one of the largest private national Anatomic Pathology laboratories-Caris/Miraca Life Sciences.

    BACKGROUND:

    1. Anatomic Pathology Residency: Washington Univ-Barnes Hospital 1991-94.

    2. Oncologic Pathology Fellowship: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center 1994-95.

    3. Gastrointestinal and Liver Pathology Fellowship: Harvard-Brigham & Womens Hospital 1995-96.

    4. Instructor at Harvard Medical School: 1996-1998.

    5. Assistant Professor and Director of Gastrointestinal Pathology Division at Univ. of Texas Health Science Center-Hermann Hospital, Houston Medical Center: 08/1998 - 12/2000.

    6. Staff GI Pathologist and Quality Assurance Director at Caris/Miraca Life Sciences, Dallas TX: 01/2001 - 04/2012.

    7. Staff Pathologist, Anatomic Pathology Division of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, Long Island NY: 05/2013 - 05/2015.

    8. Staff Pathologist, Anatomic Pathology Division of Alliance Health Sciences, Dallas TX: 01/2016 - present.

    9. Sole-Proprietor of "Expert Pathology Consultation Services", Dallas TX: 2001-present.
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    Christopher R. Palmeiro, DO, MSc
    2372 Salt Point Turnpike
    Clinton Corners NY 12514
    USA
    phone: 845-853-3040
    fax: 845-402-7248
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    Christopher R. Palmeiro, DO, MSc is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism, and Nutrition Support. He is licensed to practice in Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey.

    Dr. Palmeiro is Chairman of Endocrinology at the HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley, a position he has held since January of 2014. He currently practices as the only endocrinologist in a critical access community in Margaretville, New York. Dr. Palmeiro also serves patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities at the Westchester Institute of Human Development in Valhalla, New York. In addition to his interest in meeting the needs of underserved communities, Dr. Palmeiro has a passion for health education; he founded Doctablet - a low literacy education platform.

    Prior to his current positions, Dr. Palmeiro completed his fellowship in endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism at Westchester Medical Center. He completed both his residency and chief residency in internal medicine at St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center in Manhattan. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

    Dr. Palmeiro’s areas of interests within the realm of endocrinology include nutrition support, obesity counseling, and the progressive management of diabetes. He completed a Master of Science degree in clinical nutrition while in medical school at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, and was the first graduate of an innovative program that incorporated this degree into the medical school curriculum, earning him the John J. Theobald Graduate Achievement Award.

    Litigation Support - Through his company, Geekidoc, Dr. Palmeiro offers consulting, lecturing, peer chart review, and expert witness services. He has been retained by attorneys representing plaintiff and defendant for cases involving Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism.
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    David Clay Griffin, RPh
    4636 W Highway 67
    Cleburne TX 76033
    USA
    phone: 817-933-3136
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    David Clay Griffin, RPh, has over 30 years of experience in Retail and Community Pharmacies and still actively working as a pharmacist and pharmacy manager. Well-versed in practice standards and pharmacy operations, including controlled substance laws and policies, as well as financials, inventory, sales.

    Throughout his Pharmacy Management career, Mr. Griffin also served as a pharmacist for the United States Department of Health and Human Services in Dallas, Texas (2002/2017). He worked with the Texas 4 Disaster Medical Assistance Team and was the Pharmacy Unit Leader with NDMS over several missions.

    Mr. Griffin consults and serves as a pharmacy expert witness for attorneys representing both plaintiff and defense. His services include medical record review, thorough reports, depositions, and trial testimony.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Pharmacy Practice Standards
    • Retail Pharmacies
    • Community / Independent Pharmacies
    • Drug / Medication Errors
    • Pharmacy Drug Interactions
    • Medication Overdose and Under-dose
    • Medication Interaction / Drug Utilization Review
  • Pharmaceuticals Adverse Reactions
  • Pharmacy Safety and Counseling
  • Pharmacist Duty to Warn
  • Pharmacy Operation
  • Staff Supervision and Training
  • Controlled Substance Laws and Policies
  • DUI / DWI
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    Stephen D. Chin, MD, FACEP
    Burlingame CA 94010
    USA
    phone: 650-224-7873
    fax: 650-228-7367
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    In Depth Documentation Excellence offers thorough File Review Analysis reading between the lines of what is written and what is not to clarify the picture painted by the medical record. Their services include:
    • Documentation Evaluation and Optimization - Thorough documentation analysis to determine opportunities for improvement both in billing and risk management. Education on how best to work within your own documentation system or electronic health record to ensure you optimize your billing and minimize your risk
    • Health, Life and Disability File Reviews - Detailed forensic evaluation of the medical record and associated case files to determine merit
    Principal, Stephen D. Chin, MD, FACEP, is an experienced Emergency Physician with an expertise in Quality Assurance and Risk Management through optimization of documentation and effecting behavioral change among providers.

    Dr. Chin currently is currently an Emergency Department Provider at Alta Bates Medical Center. He also serves as an Urgent Care Provider and Cimro Peer Review Panelist.

    For 12 years, Dr. Chin served as the Documentation Quality Assurance Expert at Berkeley Emergency Medical Group where he discovered many errors and omissions common in the provider charting and educated them to modify their documentation habits in order to optimize billing and reimbursement for the care provided, while minimizing legal risk through thoroughly documenting that standards of care were met. Additionally, he conducts medical quality assurance file review for the Medical Board of California.

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    William Dillin, MD
    6601 Center Drive West, Suite 100
    Los Angeles CA 90045
    USA
    phone: 424-276-7715
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    Spine Surgery and Spine Medicine Consultant

    The concepts of Evidence Based Medicine have been the cornerstone of Dr. Dillin's education during his spine surgery fellowship in Neurosurgery and Orthopaedic Surgery and the format for decision making in his subsequent practice.

    The critical analytic features inherent in the "best evidence" approach to patients have permeated his writing and his lectures, allowing flexible adaptation as the science has changed. The combination of logical clinical analysis based on these principles, and twenty five years of experience exclusively devoted to spine surgery and spine related problems, allows specialty focus on any Independent Medical Evaluations or Medical-Legal Reviews.

    Dr. William Dillin Neurosurgery and Orthopaedic Spinal Surgery Expert
    William Dillin, MD is a spine surgery and spine medicine consultant at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic. The Kerlan-Jobe physicians serve as consultants to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Sparks, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Los Angeless Rams, Loyola Marymount University and USC Trojan Football.



    Los Angeles and Orange County Appointments

    Email: keena.giles@independentspine.com
    Web: IndependentSpine.com

    IME Information and Medical Legal Reviews

    424-276-7715
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    Dr. John C. Shershow
    240 Central Park South Suite 2H
    New York NY 10019
    USA
    phone: 800-388-9299
    Dr. John Shershow is a nationally known expert in all aspects of Hospital and Clinic Administration. In his nearly 20 years of experience as a Senior Hospital Executive and Healthcare Consultant, Dr. Shershow has surveyed or consulted to hundreds of hospitals, both as an accreditation surveyor for JCAHO and as a private consultant for hospitals nationwide.

    Dr. Shershow has been Medical Director of two prestigious hospitals and an Associate Dean of a nationally known medical school. He is Board Certified and was educated at Harvard, Yale and the University of Southern California.

    Areas Of Expertise Include:
  • Hospital Administration
  • Staffing
  • Quality of Care
  • JCAHO Accreditation
  • Medical Quality Assessment and Review
  • Medical Staff Affairs
  • Hospital And Ambulatory Standards of Care
  • Patient Rights
  • Health Care Risk Management
  • Medical Quality Assurance
  • Administrative Medicine
  • Peer Review
  • JCAHO Standards
  • Physician Credentialing & Privileging
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