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Infertility / Reproductive Endocrinology Expert Witnesses

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Excelsior Medical Consultants
Elizabeth D'Alesio
12 Mowry St.
Mendon MA 01756
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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Gloria M. Kardong, MD.
2225 E. Bayshore Rd Suite 200
Palo Alto CA 94303
phone: 650-329-9465
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
    View Dr. Kardong's Consulting Profile.
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    Jane B. Peek, MD
    19404 South Lakeway Avenue
    Baton Rouge LA 70810
    phone: 225-751-6548
    Jane B. Peek, MD, has over 30 years of clinical and surgical Obstetrics and Gynecology experience. She specializes in pelvic surgery, infertility, high risk deliveries, and cancer screening.

    Dr. Peek is a Past Chief of Medical Staff and Chairman of the Credential's Committee at Women's Hospital in Baton Rouge, LA. She also served as a Past Chief of Ob-Gyn at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge, LA.

    After leaving Women's Hospital after 30 years in practice, Dr. Peek started a new practice at the Baton Rouge General. She fully retired in December of 2014 but continues to mentor third year Tulane medical students. Dr. Peek has been a Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Tulane Medical School since 2010.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Peek provides expert witness services to attorneys representing both Plaintiff and Defendant. Her services include medical record review, deposition, and trial testimony when necessary.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • General Gynecology
    • Infertility
    • Wound Care
    • Gynecologic Surgery including Pelvic, Bowel, Urologic Complications
    • Pelvic Infections, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
    • Cancer Screening for Female Patients
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    Anthony R. Scialli, MD
    2737 Devonshire Place NW #120
    Washington DC 20008-3459
    phone: 703-647-4178 or 301-514-3081 (cell)
    fax: 202-249-0111 or 703-243-8696
    Anthony R. Scialli, MD, is a specialist in Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology and in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He consults on issues of performance and interpretation of nonclinical and clinical studies with a concentration on the use of study results in regulatory activities.

    Dr. Scialli directs the Reproductive Toxicology Center, a non-profit foundation in Washington, D.C., which maintains Reprotox®, an online data base on the effects on reproduction of drugs, chemicals, biologicals, and physical agents. He is also a Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at George Washington University School of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and of Pharmacology and Physiology at Georgetown University Medical Center.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Scialli provides expert witness activities, particularly in the area of reproductive effects of chemical exposures, disease states, and nutrition. He brings his expertise in the interpretation of experimental animal and epidemiology literature to regulatory and litigation problems. Dr. Scialli has provided consultation on the meaning and significance of data packages in developmental and reproductive toxicology (DART) particularly with respect to regulatory implications and causation analysis. He has functioned with teams preparing for regulatory submissions and hearings.

    Services Include:
    • Review of nonclinical DART package in preparation for submission
    • Evaluation of nonclinical package with respect to
      • Contraception recommendations for clinical trials
      • Go/no-go decisions in product development
      • Product labeling negotiations
    • Medical record and literature review for litigation
    • Report preparation and testimony
    • Presentations to regulatory agencies and advisory bodies
    View Dr. Scialli's Consulting Profile.
    Anthony R. Scialli, MD
    Reproduction, the most important process in nature, is the result of a superbly coordinated series of events. The modern era has seen the introduction of chemical and physical agents that can disrupt these events and impair normal reproduction. This book satisfies the clinician's need to understand toxicology and its effect on human reproduction by explaining the lingo of the bench researcher and teaching the clinician how to use basic research in practice.
    By Anthony R. Scialli, MD
    One of the most popular areas in toxicology is environmental toxicology and its effects on human fertility. Designed as a clinical reference, this book focuses on both the mechanisms of reproductive failure (male and female) and the clinical techniques for assessing and monitoring the effects of various toxicants on the reproductive process. Section I provides a basic overview of the toxicologic effects of various agents on male and female reproductive physiology and the process of conception. Section II builds on this background and covers the mechanisms of toxicant action, describing the ways in which normal reproduction may become deranged.
    Anthony R. Scialli, MD
    Pharmacologic and Toxicologic Principles. Reproductive Medicine Series
    Anthony R. Scialli, MD
    Based on the proceedings of a conference held at Georgetown University. Provides expert guidance on assessing the clinical significance--whether transient and adaptive, or irreversible and pathological--of changes in the quality and quantity of sperm production after environmental chemical exposure. Presents EPA procedures and policies to estimate risk of injury to the male reproductive system, value of testicular and sperm profiles in optimizing reproductive success: lessons from selective breeding programs of domestic and laboratory animals, effects of radiation therapy and chemotherapy on testicular function, and calculation of incidence of infertility in human populations from sperm measures using the two-distribution model.
    Anthony R. Scialli, MD
    For more publications by Anthony R. Scialli, MD, please click on the above link. A full list of his publications can be found on his CV and there is a list of recent publications under the CV/Links tab.
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    6031 Shallowford Road, Suite 101
    Chattanooga TN 37421
    phone: 423-774-4912
    Dr. Jessica Scotchie, MD is double board certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) and Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN), and is a member of the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (SREI). She has been elected into America’s Best Doctors – two years in a row in 2013 and 2014 – recognizing only the top five percent of doctors.

    An active clinician, Dr. Scotchie spends more than 90% of her time with direct clinical care. She provides the most advanced medical and surgical care to patients suffering from infertility, recurrent pregnancy loss, endometriosis, reproductive endocrine disorders (such as polycystic ovary syndrome and premature ovarian failure), abnormal menses, and menopause.

    Dr. Scotchie provides litigation support services to attorneys for both plaintiff and defense. Her services include medical record review for standard of care and causation issues.

    Specialties Include:
    • In Vitro Fertilization
    • Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
    • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
    • Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery
    • Fibroids and Fibroid Surgery (myomectomy)
  • Endometriosis and Endometriosis Surgery
  • Hysteroscopy
  • Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
  • Premature Menopause
  • Preconception Testing and Genetic Screening
  • View Dr. Scotchie's Consulting Profile.
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    4100 Milam
    Houston TX 77006
    phone: 713-797-9200
    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. He is committed to helping serve people, as a physician, as a reviewer and commentator, and certainly within their legal rights.

    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?