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Infertility / Reproductive Endocrinology Expert Witnesses

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4100 Milam
Houston TX 77006
USA
phone: 713-797-9200
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James M. Wheeler, MD, MPH, JD, magna cum laude in Biology / Psychology from Harvard, is an OB/GYN trained at Baylor, with subspecialty training in Reproductive Endocrinology / Infertility at Yale. He is also a graduate of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at Yale, focusing upon clinical epidemiology and biostatistics and health policy. He also earned his MPH at Yale majoring in Biostatistics, minoring in Maternal/Child Health. He graduated from the University of Houston Law Center with a JD in 2005, and was invited to join the Health Law division there. He has completed ADR training, having completed training programs separately in mediation, and arbitration.

Dr. Wheeler is a former national officer of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and served on several of their health policy committees including the Health Care Commission and the Hysterectomy Committee. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed papers on a wide array of topics in ob/gyn, with a particular emphasis on methodology. He has given over 200 invited lectures to ob/gyns, reproductive endocrinologists, radiologists, midwives, nurses, surgical technologists, law students et al. He sees himself first and foremost as a caregiver, and second to only that, as a teacher.

Dr. Wheeler has consulted in several hundred medicolegal matters for over 20 years, mostly in ob/gyn, but including family practice, internal medicine and several of its subspecialties, general surgery and several of its subspecialties, and dermatology. He has been a testifying expert before the FDA for drugs and devices, and has testified before U.S. Congressional staffers on health policy issues. He reviews for attorneys from both plaintiff and defense bars, as well as insurance companies (e.g. Pro-Assurance), and health plans (e.g. Harvard Community Health Plan). He has helped with Board of Medicine reviews, and constructing/defending class action suits. The combination of his training in medicine, basic and clinical research, clinical epidemiology, biostatistics and law make him a uniquely qualified person to review the complex issues of medicolegal cases.

Dr. Wheeler is a qualified first-reviewer, and a convincing expert during testimony. He has never been excused from a case as insufficiently expert.

Areas of expertise:
  • Gynecologic surgery
  • Forceps / Vacuum Uses/ Complications
  • Fetal Stress vs. Distress
  • Cesarean vs. Vaginal Birth
  • Shoulder Dystocia
  • Pregnancy induced Hypertension / HELLP Syndrome
  • Hysterectomy: Indications and Complications
  • Preterm Labor
  • Incompetent Cervix
  • Endometriosis
  • Pelvic Adhesions
  • Leiomyomata Uteri
  • Infertility
  • Advanced Reproductive Technology (IVF)
  • A malpractice action requires the plaintiff to prove: (1) the defendant caregiver owed a duty of care to the plaintiff-patient, (2) the caregiver departed from that standard of care, and (3) that departure from the standard of care actually caused the injury claimed by the plaintiff. "Causation" 11; often the critical component in a malpractice action because the presence of a duty is often obvious, except perhaps in "Good Samaritan" cases, but the statutorily-required expert witnesses will argue about whether the caregiver departed from some standard of care. Because defining "causation" is difficult, there are interesting distinctions in legal versus medical, sociological, or philosophical concepts of cause-and-effect. Applying this difficult concept of "causation" to the very complex world of labor and delivery (L&D) does indeed beg the question, just how can causation be established?

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    Gloria M. Kardong, MD.
    2225 E. Bayshore Rd Suite 200
    Palo Alto CA 94303
    USA
    phone: 650-329-9465
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    Gloria Kardong, MD is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with specialties in Psychotherapy and Psychomarmacology. In full time private practice in Palo Alto, CA for the past 25 years, Dr. Kardong offers services to individuals, couples, adolescents, and adults. She is an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University Medical Center and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

    Dr. Kardong offers Forensic Psychiatric litigation support services in civil and criminal cases to attorneys for Plaintiff and Defense. Her services include General Psychiatric Issues, Women's OB/GYN Issues, and the Evaluation and Treatment of Impaired Professionals and/or consultation with their professional organizations. Dr. Kardong is a Psychiatric Consultant and Expert Witness for Stanford University Schools of Law and Medicine, the California Medical Board, and private attorneys nationwide. She has been retained as an expert over 20 times.

    Areas of Expertise:
    Women's Health Care Specialist - Psychiatry / OB-GYN Interface:
    • Pregnancy-Related Psychiatric Problems
    • Psychiatric Medications in Pregnancy and Postpartum
    • Postpartum Depression / Psychosis
    • Infertility
    • Gynecology / Oncology
  • Menopause Hormonal Issues
  • Childhood Sexual / Other Abuse
  • Adult Consequences
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Eating Disorders
  • Impaired Professionals:
    • Physicians
    • Mental Health Providers
    • Attorneys
    • Executives / Professionals
    • Organizations
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    Elizabeth D'Alesio
    12 Mowry St.
    Mendon MA 01756
    USA
    phone: 508-561-2021
    Ms. Elizabeth D'Alesio has 30 years experience in ICU, including Medical, Surgical and Acute Care. She is ICU certified. She has managed the ICU and telemetry floor which includes bed monitoring. Ms. D'Alesio has also been involved with creating policy/procedure to meet JACHO requirements as well as ongoing recruiting of new ICU staff. She has served on the ethics committee for four years while in management.

    Ms. D'Alesio is currently employed at the Reproductive Science Center of Milford and Milford Regional Medical Center where she administers Conscious Sedation, assists physicians with pacemakers, arteriograms and picc lines for septic
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    Barry S. Verkauf, MD, MBA, CPE
    4922 W Bay Way Dr.
    Tampa FL 33629
    USA
    phone: 813-690-9162
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    Reproductive Endocrinology - Infertility - Gynecology

    A top doctor in his field, Barry S. Verkauf, MD, MBA, CPE, has more than 40 years of practice expertise in Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology/ Infertility, as well as medical management having earned an MBA from USF College of Business in 1997.He has served in leadership positions in both hospital and medical organizations.

    A respected and long-standing figure in his field, Dr. Verkauf currently serves as an Affiliate Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida where he was on the founding faculty and initiated the Division of Reproduction Endocrinology and Infertility in 1974. In 1981, he was the founding Partner of The Reproductive Medicine Group which continues as one of the largest and most successful private practices in his specialty in the State of Florida.

    Dr. Verkauf has been a reviewer for high impact journals, KePro Peer Review Organization and has published 25 papers, 8 abstracts, 3 book chapters, and 3 books. He has been active in the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, serving on several committees and as their Delegate to the American Medical Association for 15 years.

    Over the last 20 years, Dr. Verkauf has been awarded many honors recognizing his clinical and leadership expertise, and most recently was recognized by Marquis Who's Who with their Lifetime Achievement Award in Reproductive Medicine.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Verkauf offers expert witness services in cases involving Reproductive Endocrinology, Infertility, and other Obstetric and Gynecological matters. His services are available to insurance companies with questions and attorneys representing plaintiff and defendant and include peer review, medical record review, written reports, deposition, and trial testimony.
    Barry S. Verkauf, MD
    The health-care industry and its professional practice are currently in uncertain times as the outcome of the hotly debated health-care reform is awaited. While the magnitude of potential change may be unchallenged, the past century has been one of continual change for the medical profession and its practice. The rapidity of this change has continually increased with emerging new technologies and changes in the social fabric of society. Even the doctor-patient relationship has changed. Medicine as a profession and the specialties within it have had to adapt to this change in order to be relevant to the physicians it trains, the patients they treat, and to maintain status among their peers. This book chronicles the history of the successful adaptation to required changes in one medical-school department.
    Barry S. Verkauf, MD
    An indispensible guide to challenges every health care provider, manager, consultant, supplier and end user faces. Detailed exploration of a single example spotlights the critical relationship of cost analysis to pricing strategies in today's changing medical enviroment. A key resource for establishing, analyzing, and improving your organization's pricing strategies.
    Barry S. Verkauf, MD
    University of South Florida, Tampa. Concise survey of congenital abnormalities of the female genital tract, and their treatment, both surgical and nonsurgical. For practitioners. Variety of illustrations. 25 U.S. contributors.