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Vast Enterprises, LLC
Timothy Luckett , BS, RN, CNOR, CRNFA, CIC, LNC
President/CEO
14171 Shepherd Drive
Rancho Cucamonga CA 91739
USA
phone: 909-268-2126
fax: 773-945-8103
Timothy P. Luckett, BS, RN, CNOR, CRNFA, CIC, LNC a Legal Nurse Consultant (LNC) gives expert opinions and testimony in all types of medical malpractice cases for both Plaintiff and Defense. Mr. Luckett is a Registered Nurse Expert in Surgery, ICU, Nursing Home Neglect, Outpatient Surgery Center Matters, and Hospital Surgical Matters.

Mr. Luckett has served as a circulating nurse, RR nurse, and as a registry nurse in General Surgery, Orthopedics, Neurosurgery, Gynecology, Vascular and Urology Surgeries. He has given numerous laser safety lectures and is a clinical assistant for the University of California at Los Angeles, Registered Nurse First Assist (RNFA) program. Mr. Luckett has also served as a case consultant and reviews nurse malpractice cases for the California Board of Registered Nursing.
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Songer Evans Legal Nurse Experts
Joahnna D. Evans Budge RN, CCRN, CLNC
RN Legal Nurse Consultant, Expert Witness Experience
Offices in Bluffdale, UT & Kerman, CA
CA, UT USA
phone: 559-741-3054
fax: 18667282119
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California Office
15662 Orchard Way
Kerman, CA 93630
Utah Office
1581 W Iron Horse Blvd
Bluffdale, UT 84065
Joahnna Evans Budge RN, CCRN, CLNC (formerly Songer) is co-founder and lead Legal Nurse Consultant with Songer Evans Legal Nurse Experts. Ms. Evans Budge has 26 years of Critical Care, Emergency / Trauma, PACU/ Recovery Room, and Cardiac-Cardiovascular Surgery nursing practice at multiple university teaching hospitals, regional medical centers and level-one trauma centers. She is a specialist on CODE BLUE Issues and Procedure.

Ms. Budge actively practices in the hospital setting in Critical Care, Emergency Nursing, Nursing Supervision, Recovery Room/PACU and trauma neuro critical care. She has extensive knowledge and experience in the health care environment. She has more than 25 years of experience as both an Expert Witness & Medical-Legal Consulting Expert, reviewing medical records for case merit, case development and trial preparation.

Services Offered:
  • Critical Care / Intensive Care
  • Emergency Nursing
  • Case Screening for Merit: Screen and investigate medical-legal cases for merit; define the applicable standards of care; identify deviations from and adherences to hospital, state and nationally-accepted standards of care
  • Organize, analyze, summarize and interpret relevant medical records
  • Identify and request additional documents and tangible items relevant to the case
  • Research medical literature relevant to the case
  • Develop comprehensive case evaluations and reports for the attorney's study and case development
  • Identify and recommend potential defendants and witnesses
  • Assess alleged damages / injuries: Identify causative or contributing factors to the alleged damages/injuries
  • Review and analyze Expert Witness reports and testimony
  • Consult with health care providers
  • Attend depositions, trials, arbitration and mediation hearingsReview, analyze and summarize testimony, including past testimony
  • Prepare interrogatories, health care-related questions
  • Assist with medical / health care demonstrative evidence preparation
  • Attend IME sessions / IME reports
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Jan Roughan
President
114 W. Colorado Blvd.
Monrovia CA 91016
USA
phone: 626-303-6333 ext. 217
fax: 626-303-8080
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Ms. Roughan is a Rehabilitation Nurse Specialist who functions in the capacity of case manager, life care planner and expert witness. Her company, Roughan & Associates at LINC, is a nationally recognized Case Management and Medical/Legal Consulting service. It has been in existence since 1987, providing coordination of patient care; construction of Life Care Plans; and, consultative services to both the defense and plaintiff bar on simple and complex cases alike. Ms. Roughan has experience with diagnoses involving both children and adults and are knowledgeable in current treatment philosophies, identification of appropriate resources.

Diagnoses include, but are not limited to:
  • Neurological Injuries (Brain and Spinal Cord Injury)
  • Burns
  • Orthopedic Injures
  • Amputation
  • Chronic Pain
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Services Include:
  • Expert Testimony
  • Life Care Planning
  • Mini/Preliminary Life Care Plan
  • Video Services
  • Medical Record Review
  • RN Independent Medical Exam
  • Medicare Set Aside Trust Analysis
  • Medical Bill Auditing
  • Questions: Deposition Cross Examining
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Jeffrey G. Nicholson
PA-C, Ph.D., M.Ed., MPAS
7033 Wellauer Drive
Milwaukee WI 53213-3734
USA
phone: 414-517-6915 (cell)
The Physician Assistant Experts Network™ is a referral resource for attorneys seeking expert medical opinions on the standard of care provided by physician assistants and advanced nurse practitioners. The PA Experts Network™ was founded by Jeffrey G. Nicholson, PA-C, Ph.D., M.Ed., MPAS, an experienced medical-legal consultant and a leader in the physician assistant profession. He will either help you personally or facilitate a physician assistant expert from his network of board certified Physician Assistant Experts in all medical specialties. See his article on this website.

Practicing 22 years, a PA Educator, Assistant Professor, and Director of the University of Wisconsin Physician Assistant Program.

Services Include:
  • Medical Records Review, Deposition, Testimony, Referrals

    Education and Certifications:
  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI, 2008
  • Master of Education, M.Ed., Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1989
  • Masters Degree in Physician Assistant Studies, University of Nebraska

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  • Trends in malpractice awards and adverse actions (e.g., revocation of provider license) following an act or omission constituting medical error or negligence were examined. The National Practitioner Data Bank was used to compare rates of malpractice reports and adverse actions for physicians, physician assistants (PAs), and nurse practitioners (NPs). During 2005 through 2014, there ranged from 11.2 to 19.0 malpractice payment reports per 1,000 physicians, 1.4 to 2.4 per 1,000 PAs, and 1.1 to 1.4 per 1,000 NPs. Physician median payments ranged from 1.3 to 2.3 times higher than PAs or NPs. Diagnosis-related malpractice allegations varied by provider type, with physicians having significantly fewer reports (31.9%) than PAs (52.8%) or NPs (40.6%) over the observation period. Trends in malpractice payment reports may reflect policy enactments to decrease liability.

    We assessed whether physician assistant (PA) and nurse practitioner (NP) utilization increases liability.

    Based on the first seventeen years of data from the National Practitioner Data Bank, nationwide Physician Assistant malpractice demonstrates lower malpractice incidence and average payment amounts over a 17 Year Period Compared to MDs and Advance Practice Nurses

    The physician assistant ("PA") expert witness is a board certified and state licensed health care professional who by experience or training is qualified to give an opinion on the standard of care provided by fellow physician assistants. Although formal training is not required, some PA expert witnesses have completed seminars conducted by and for legal nurse consultants.

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    Kirsten Turkington, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, CEN, CNLCP, AFN-BC
    Nurse Practitioner, Certified Nurse Life Care Planner
    PO Box 25626
    Scottsdale AZ 85255
    USA
    phone: 877-677-7744
    fax: 877-677-7744
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    Kirsten Turkington, DNP, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, CEN, CNLCP, AFN-BC is a highly experienced, board certified Family Nurse Practitioner, licensed to practice since 1998. Dr. Turkington received a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in 2014, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in 1998, and dual Bachelor degrees (BS -- Psychology & BSN -- Nursing) in 1994. She is the owner, operator of North Scottsdale Health, PLLC.

    Dr. Turkington is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Forensic Medical Expert. She has over 20 years of active clinical experiences as a Registered Professional Nurse and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and is one of less than 50 board certified Advanced Forensic Nurses internationally. Dr. Turkington's clinical background encompasses adult, adolescent, pediatric, and geriatric cases across Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, Neurosurgery and Hospice.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Turkington has consulted in over 50 medical malpractice, clinical, and professional negligence and criminal cases. She works for both plaintiff and defense clients in each area. Dr. Turkington provides expert testimony at trials, depositions, arbitrations, mediations and hearings. She is an experienced educator and practicing clinician able to confidently simplify complex medical scenarios for understanding. Her litigation support services include:
    • Medical Record Review
    • Standards of Care / Negligence
    • Life Care Planning (Certified)
    • Healthcare Cost Estimates
    • Client and Staff Education
    • Federal Written Reports
  • Record Tampering and Inconsistencies
  • Medical Literature Research
  • Medical Events Chronology
  • Liaison Between Involved Parties
  • Deposition Question Preparation
  • Jury Selection
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    Med-Link Consultation
    Dorothy Pollock
    RN, BS, CNOR, LNCC
    3362 Budleigh Drive
    Hacienda Heights CA 91745-6409
    USA
    phone: 626-333-5110
    fax: 626-968-1121
    Dorothy A. Pollock, RN, BS, CNOR, LNCC possess 44 years of General Nursing Practice experience including Coronary Care (CCU) and Dialysis. Her Clinical Nursing Expertise focuses on Operating Room/Surgical Nursing practices. For the past 39 years, Ms. Pollock has been involved in both generalized and specialty surgical procedures in Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, ENT, Gynecology, Neurology, Trauma, Laparoscopy, Endoscopy, Laser and Pain Management.

    Services Offered:
  • Extensive experience with both plaintiff and defense counsel including arbitration and Federal Courtroom testimony
  • Extensive DME experience and acute assessment skills providing defense medical examination (DME/ IME) accompaniment
  • Standards of Care
  • Medical Record Review
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    Infectious Disease Specialist
    4096 Piedmont Avenue
    Suite 911
    Oakland CA 94611
    USA
    phone: 510-835-6225
    Expertise: Expert in Infectious Disease-infections in all medical specialties:HIV/ AIDS; Infection Control; Food poisoning; Hepatitis. Medicolegal consultant in above areas with extensive experience: case reviews, independent medical evaluations, Objective reviews for plaintiff and defense.

    Degrees / Licenses: MD (Licenses: AZ, CA), American Board of Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases; Certification Board of Infection Control. HIV Specialist.

    See CV on Website for more details.

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    Mary Meinhard
    PO Box 704
    June Lake CA 93529
    USA
    phone: 760-648-1115
    fax: 760-648-1125
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    Mary C. Meinhard RN-BC, BS, JD, CLCP, MSC-C is a Nurse Attorney/ Legal Nurse Consultant, Certified Life Care Planner, Board-Certified Nurse Case Manager, and Medicare Set-Aside Consultant-Certified. She has offices in California and Nevada, and provides Medical/Legal Consulting services nationwide. She has over 35 years of experience working with catastrophically injured patients/clients as a Registered Nurse, in addition to 20+ years of experience as a California Attorney, and is retained by both Plaintiff and Defense as a consultant in Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice and Workers' Compensation cases.

    Representative diagnoses include, but are not limited to:
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Acquired Brain Injury
    • Spinal Cord Injuries / Paralysis
    • Severe Burns
    • Amputations
    • Orthopedic Injuries
    • Complications of Pregnancy, Premature Births and Birth Injuries
    • Complications of Diabetes
    • Chronic Pain / Illness
  • Organ Transplants
  • Chronic Renal Failure
  • End Stage Renal Disease
  • AIDS
  • Non-Healing Wounds
  • Malignancies
  • Toxic Exposure
  • Mental Illness
  • Addiction
  • Services Include:
    • Legal Nurse Consulting
    • Medical Record Review / Summary
    • Case Merit Evaluation/Standards of Care
    • Life Care Planning
    • Mini / Preliminary Life Plans
    • Medicare Set-Aside Allocations
    • Expert Fact and Opinion Testimony
    • Attendance at Independent Medical Exams
    • Litigation Support - Formulation of Discovery Plans, Preparation of Deposition/Cross Examination Questions, Conducting Medical Expert/Opposing Life Care Planner Depositions
    Ms. Meinhard also holds certification from the Pepperdine University School of Law Straus Institute for Alternative Dispute Resolution and is available as a Mediator for personal injury cases of all types - especially when competing Life Care Plans are at issue.

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    Lawson Consulting, LLC
    Andrew Lawson, MD, FACEP
    Emergency Medicine Consultant and Expert Witness
    2618 San Miguel Drive, #460
    Newport Beach CA 92660
    USA
    phone: 949-400-5216
    Andrew Lawson, MD, is a Stanford trained, board certified Emergency Medicine Specialist. He works full time in a high volume regional adult & children’s medical and trauma center that sees over 60,000 patient visits per year. As a Quality Assurance Director for the last 10 years, Dr. Lawson has personally reviewed hundreds of cases and has overseen the review of thousands of medical records. He has been selected as a member of an elite group of physicians to provide hospital wide quality case reviews.

    Dr. Lawson is uniquely qualified to comment on Standard of Care Issues in Emergency Medicine. He has developed expertise in reviewing medical records for quality improvements and for reducing medical-legal pitfalls in his group’s medical practice. As an Expert Witness, he has developed the skills to provide thorough research and background information, pros and cons to the case, precise timelines, a unique approach and understanding of the opponent's expert witness testimony, and the highest quality consultation, chart review, and testimony for any situation. His unique teaching methods and presentation skills transform difficult, complex, and diverse topics into easy to understand information for jury members and other laypersons.

    Areas of Expertise include:
    • Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Pediatric Emergency Medicine
    • Critical Care Issues
    • Medical Case Review
    • Pre-hospital Care
    • Quality Assurance
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    Lawrence S. Mayer
    MD, PhD
    712 Fantail Court
    Annapolis MD 21401
    USA
    phone: 410-336-2100 or 602-549-4885
    fax: 480-247-4989
    Dr. Mayer is a full-time professor of biostatistics, epidemiology, biomedical informatics, public health and psychiatry. He splits his time between Annapolis/DC and Scottsdale, AZ. He does a limited amount of consulting in epidemiology and biostatistics.

    He focuses on evaluating data, methods and models used in assessing risks. Over several decades he has worked equally for plaintiffs and defense. He trained as a physician epidemiologist and then as a statistician and biostatistician.

    Prides himself on being able to communicate complex ideas in simple language. Prefers problems in which the medical and epidemiological/statistical issues are complex, the methods and models are varied and the data are of limited quality or controversial.

    Has worked on problems in drug and device development, testing and regulation, product liability, patent disputes, occupational and environmental exposures, and medical malpractice.

    Has given about 100 depositions over the last 30 years in a variety of cases ranging from major federal litigation to state personal injury and malpractice cases.
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    Jennifer Johnson, APRN, AFN-BC, CFN, SANE-A, SANE-P
    PO Box 2607
    Mission KS 66201
    USA
    phone: 913-660-8491
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    Jennifer L. Johnson, RN, BSN, MSN, APRN, AFN-BC, CFN, SANE-A, SANE-P

    Certifications:
    • (WHNP-BC) Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, Board Certified
    • (SANE-A) Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, Adult and Adolescent, Certified
    • (SANE-P) Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, Pediatrics, Certified
    • (CFN) Certified Forensic Nurse Examiner
    • Program Coordinator, Hospital Based Comprehensive Forensic Nursing Program
    Litigation Experience - Ms. Johnson has consulted on medical malpractice, medical negligence, and criminal cases across the US.

    Services - Jennifer Johnson is available to assist attorneys with identifying injury, relevant records, and anatomical drawings, and medical literature reviews.

    Subject Matter Expertise:
    • Nursing Policy and Procedures
    • Child Abuse / Neglect
    • Elder Abuse
    • Diabetes, Gestational Diabetes
    • Informed Consent
    • Patient's Rights
    • Infusion Nursing
  • Obstetrics / Gynecology
  • Labor and Delivery
  • Sexual Assault
  • Military Court Marshall: Sexual Assault
  • Physical Assault
  • Sexual Assault
  • Strangulation
  • View Jennifer Johnson's Consulting Profile.
    4/3/2015 · Nursing
    Forensic nurses are faced with making an ethical decision when an unconscious patient presents with signs of sexual assault. If the patient is unable to consent, the nurses need to decide whether or not to perform a forensic exam. Hospitals have policies in place regarding consent for emergency care, but not all of them consider the collection of forensic evidence. The window of opportunity for forensic collection may disappear before contacts are made or proper consent is established. Ethical, legal, and policy considerations that complicate this scenario are discussed.

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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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    Lois G. Hawkins, RN, CLNC
    2266 South Dobson Road
    Suite 200
    Mesa AZ 85202
    USA
    phone: 480-306-6389
    fax: 480-393-4623
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    Lois Hawkins, RN, CLCP of Hawkins Forensic Consulting, Inc, specializes in Medical and Vocational Damage Assessment in personal injury and catastrophic injury cases throughout the United States. For over 10 years, Ms. Hawkins has been evaluating cases involving children and adults with complex, catastrophic injuries, as well as less serious injuries.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Catastrophic Medical Case Management - Traumatic Brain Injury, Acquired Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Amputation, Soft Tissue Injury, Chronic Pain, Burns, Cerebral Palsy & Developmental Delay, Chronic Respiratory Conditions, Visual & Hearing Impaired
    • Life Care Planning - Comprehensive Record Review and supportive documentation / Case Analysis, Case Summary Chronology, Clinical Interview and History with Patient, Medical-Legal Research, Assessment of Future Medical / Rehabilitation Needs
    • Legal Nurse Consulting
    Professional Memberships and Associations
    International Academy of Life Care Planners (IALCP) - Present
    International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP) - Present
    American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC) - Past
    American Operating Room Nurse (AORN ) - Past
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    Dr. Harold J. Bursztajn
    96 Larchwood Drive
    Cambridge MA 02138
    USA
    phone: 617-492-8366
    fax: 617-441-3195
    A senior clinical faculty member at Harvard Medical School, Harold J. Bursztajn, M.D., is active in patient care in medical, psychiatric and judicial education nationally. He is qualified in both state and federal courts and is nationally recognized as a distinguished impartial, clinical, ethical and forensic expert to P/D attorneys and institutions. Individual and multispecialty team consultations available.

  • Informed Consent & Malpractice
  • Employment Litigation: ADA, Disability, Sexual Misconduct Discrimination, Worker's Compensation
  • Emotional & Physical Damages: Conscious Pain & Suffering, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Neuropsychiatry & Pain Imaging
  • Standards For Experts
  • Product Liability: Medical Devices & Pharmaceuticals, Toxic Tort
  • Criminal Justice & Public Safety: Diminished Capacity, Drug Addiction, Competency to Confess, Death Penalty Mitigation, Workplace Safety
  • Family & Custody Issues
  • Testamentary & Contractual Capacity
  • Professional & Organizational Ethics: Patient Care, Managed Care, Privacy
  • Psychoanalysis & Cultural Perspectives
  • 5/29/2003 · Expert Witnessing
    Recent Supreme Court decisions emphasize the need to regulate the admissibility of expert testimony by means of standards that require opinions going beyond ipse dixit; that is, that are based on more than the fact that the expert "said it him/herself

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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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