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Expert Witness in Hospice and Palliative Care
1058 7th Street
Santa Monica CA 90403
USA
phone: 661-916-3015
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Douglas Aberg Hospice Palliative Care Expert PhotoDouglas Aberg, RN BSN PHN CHPN, has 23 consecutive years of experience in Hospice and Palliative Care, combining eight years in the field and 15 years in Hospice Management, Administration, Operations, and Consultation.

Mr. Aberg currently has the responsibility of assuring consistent compliance and survey readiness for multiple hospice programs concurrently. He is accountable for the planning, implementation, direction, and overall management of hospice programs within the guidelines of Title 22, Medicare, JCAHO regulations, and applicable laws.

Mr. Aberg is also directly responsible for the creation and implementation of an overall Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement program. He has directed and participated in the hiring, orientation, on-going training, retention and supervision of appropriate and qualified staff, assumed and carries out the organizations purposes in a manner consistent with the goals, objectives and established policies.

Consulting Services - Mr. Aberg serves as a Consultant to Hospice and / or Palliative Care organizations who are newly starting and need assistance setting up the program, having financial issues (Pharmacy, DME, Medical Supplies, Overtime,) need support with Quality Assurance programs, need assistance ensuring state and/or federal compliance, help with marketing plans, review policies and procedures, and support in a variety of other areas.

Litigation Support Services - Douglas Aberg is also an Expert Witness in Hospice and Palliative Care. In this role, he reviews cases for law firms, insurance companies, and state and federal agencies that have claims requiring such services. Mr. Aberg is available to assist both plaintiff and defense attorneys.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Quality of Life
  • End of Life
  • Medications at End of Life
  • Hospice Nursing
  • Medicare Hospice Benefits
  • Assisted Suicide
  • The Rule of "Double Effect"
  • Terminally Ill Patients
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    Georgia J. Persky, RN, MBA, PhD, CLNC
    Legal Nurse Consultant and Healthcare Executive
    Harrison New York USA
    phone: 914-552-2277
    fax: 914-921-6467
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    Georgia Persky Legal Nurse Consultant Expert PhotoGeorgia J. Persky RN, MBA, PhD, CLNC, is a Columbia University trained nurse researcher with over 40 years of broad Clinical Nursing experience and 25 years of senior leadership in healthcare organizations. She has 20 years of Surgical Nursing and Operating Room experience. Dr. Persky has expertise in the micro issues in adult patient care and the broad management, quality, and regulatory issues in hospitals.

    Background Experience - Dr. Persky served as Vice-President of Nursing and Patient Care Services for New York Presbyterian Hospital at Columbia University Medical Center. For nine years, she was responsible for Patient Care Services, Risk and Quality Management and Patient Satisfaction for a 750 bed academic hospital. She directed a $200 million budget with 33 patient services units and Care Management, Respiratory Therapy, Social Work and Admitting Departments with 9 direct reports and 2,000 patient services FTEs.

    Litigation Support - As a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant and Quality Reviewer, Dr. Persky has investigated hundreds of Malpractice and Injury cases as a quality reviewer and can assist in legal case review with chronologies, timelines, and evidence based reports. She has testifying experience with human resource and employee discrimination cases with ability to attest to standards of care in clinical litigation. Dr. Persky's services are available to attorneys for plaintiff and defense seeking an expert in nursing and patient care with a strong understanding of how hospitals work.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Nursing Standards of Care
    • Surgical and Perioperative Nursing
    • Quality and Risk Management
    • Fall and Pressure Ulcer Prevention
    • Medical Device Safety
    • HIPPA
  • Hospital Policy and Procedure
  • Medication Safety
  • Nursing Informatics
  • Hospital Administration
  • State, Federal, Joint Commission Regulatory Compliance
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    Acute Care In-Patient Setting
    Paticia J. Bartzak, DNP, RN, CMSRN
    20 Wellesley Avenue
    Natick MA 01760
    USA
    phone: 508-250-4300
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    Dr. Patricia J. Bartzak, DNP, RN, CMSRN, is a highly educated Bedside Registered Nurse with an active practice in a level one trauma center for a leading academic medical center in the northeast. Dr. Bartzak has more than 15 years of bedside experience with multiple nursing certifications including trauma and burn care, as well as cardiac and advanced cardiac life support. In addition to her current role, Dr. Bartzak has practice experience with cardiac, stable ventilator and geriatric-psychiatry patients.

    Dr. Bartzak has a program of research with the veteran population in the area of post-traumatic stress disorder. She is a column editor for a peer-reviewed nursing journal and frequently submits and has been published in MedSurg Matters, the journal of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses. Dr. Bartzak is well-versed in research protocols, and remains current on a number of research trials. Dr. Bartzak maintains CITI certification and is a voting member of an Institutional Review Board (IRB).

    Dr. Bartzak was selected as one of 39 registered nurses in the country to rewrite the Scope & Standards of Nursing (ANA, 2015). In addition to this contribution, she was the lead author in the Scope & Standards inaugural article published in American Nurse Today (July, 2015).

    Dr. Bartzak views nursing as a way of life. She teaches nursing at all levels of educational preparation: associates, bachelors, masters and doctoral levels. Dr. Bartzak is a fierce advocate for her students, while also ensuring that nursing standards are met.

    Dr. Bartzak has expert witness experience, and is know for her meticulous medical record review, footnoted and referenced information to supplement her own knowledge and experience to bring critical information and insight to a case.

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    1/14/2016 · Nursing
    Electronic documents provided by Attorney Sample were reviewed to develop a nursing expert opinion. The documents reviewed included the Operating Room Report, Post-Anesthesia Care Unit records, Neurology Notes, Medical Progress Reports, Nursing Notes and Care Plans, Respiratory Flowsheets, Laboratory Results, Vital Sign and Infusion Flow Sheets and Written Orders.

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    Paul M. Adler, DO, FACEP, MBA
    PO Box 6743
    Ventura CA 93006
    USA
    phone: 917-974-8073
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    Paul M. Adler, DO, FACEP, MBA, Medical Director for the Ventura County, California, Department of Corrections, has worked in Correctional / Jail/ Prison Medicine since 1995. He has overseen the care of inmates in Jails in California and New York, as well as Prison inmates who have been transferred to county facilities to serve their terms for years in county jails in California. He has also overseen Correctional health car in locked units in Hospitals .

    Dr. Adler is the President-Elect of The American Correctional Health Services Association of California / Nevada, which represents all clinicians and administrators in Jails/Prisons in California and Nevada. He previously oversaw a County Hospital, County Nursing Home and ran a County Health Department and oversaw Correctional healthcare for the Westchester, New York Jail.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Adler has defended Jails and Prisons in Southern California, Idaho, Texas, North Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, etc. He has been involved in Plaintiff litigation in many states including against Rikers Island, NY and Cook County Jail.

    Dr. Adler still works as a full-time practicing physician and has helped attorneys and insurance companies in Emergency Medicine, Nursing Home Medicine, Public Health and Hospital Administration since 1985. Dr. Adler is available to review and consult on clinical Correctional/Jail/Prison cases for attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense.

    Services:
    • Screen Cases for Merit
    • Review, Analyze and interpret Medical Records
    • Provide Basic or Comprehensive Written Reports
    • Interpret Standards of Care, Deviation and Adherences as they Relate to Correctional Health Care
    • Develop Chronological Time Lines
    • Policy and Procedure Development
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    Dr. John E. Schneider, PhD
    CEO & Founder
    26 Washington Street
    Floor 3
    Morristown NJ 07960
    USA
    phone: 862-260-9191 or (Cell) 319-331-2122
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    John Schneider Health Care Economist Expert WitnessDr. John E. Schneider, PhD, CEO and Founder of Avalon Health Economics, is a Health Care Economist with over 25 years of experience. He provides Expert Witness services for cases involving the Economic and Organizational aspects of the Health Care Industry. Dr. Schneider earned his PhD in Health Services and Policy Analysis from the University of California Berkeley, with a concentration in health economics. His background includes professional appointments at the Center for Health Economics Research (Waltham, MA; now part of RTI International), and the California Association of Health Plans (Sacramento, CA).

    Dr. Schneider is an adjunct faculty in the Department of Economics at Drew University and Faculty Affiliate of the Petris Center on Health Care Markets at the University of California Berkeley. His previous positions include Senior Director at Oxford Outcomes, Ltd., Principal and Senior Health Economist of Health Economics Consulting Group, LLC (which merged with Oxford Outcomes in late 2009), and Director of Research at the California Association of Health Plans.

    Dr. Schneider has extensive knowledge and experience providing health economics analysis, advice, and testimony in support of litigation. He serves as an Expert Witness for both Plaintiff and Defense. Dr. Schneider's clients include law firms, federal and state agencies, health care trade associations, and other health care organizations.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Analysis of Medical Care Costs
    • Medical Bill Valuation
    • Health Insurance and Managed Care
    • Regulation
    • Hospital Competition
    • Specialty Hospitals
  • Physician Ownership
  • Outcomes Research
  • Technology Assessment - Trademark Infringement
  • Process Change
  • Insurer - Provider Contracting Disputes
  • Health Care Antitrust
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    Robert Ohsfeldt, John Schneider
    The Business of Health examines the influence of market competition and government regulation on hospitals, health insurance, managed care plans, and prescription drug advertising. Reformers must determine which components of the system are suitable for market competition and which would benefit from more direct government control.
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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.
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    New York NY USA
    phone: 212-866-2534
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    Laura S. Boylan, MD, FAAN, is a Board Certified, Columbia University educated and trained Neurologist. Licensed in New York and Minnesota, Dr. Boylan is in active clinical practice in both states (NYC and Duluth). She also has over 20 years of teaching experience, including at both Columbia and NYU.

    Dr. Boylan has special interest in Movement Disorders as well in the psychiatric and cognitive manifestations of neurologic disease and injury, based in part on working at Bellevue Hospital Center in NYC and fellowship training in psychiatry, including psychopharmacology. As a Neurohospitalist, she has extensive experience dealing with neurological emergencies.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Boylan has over 15 years of peer review experience. She also provides expert witness case review and evaluation in product liability, personal injury, criminal, and medical malpractice cases. Dr. Boylan has provided numerous opinions on disability due to neurologic conditions. Dr. Boylan's services are available to attorneys representing plaintiff and defendant and include thorough reports, medical record review, depositions, and trial testimony as needed.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Brain Injury / Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Quality of Life
    • Stroke
    • Parkinson's Disease
    • Movement Disorders
    • Epilepsy
    • Neuropharmacology
    • Dysautonomia
  • Dystonia
  • Huntington's Disease
  • Multiple System Atrophy
  • Tourette's
  • Neurologic Emergencies
  • Psychiatry / Neurology Border Zone
  • Neurologic Disability
  • Neurohospitalist Issues
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    Jonathan Burroughs, MD, MBA, FACHE, FAAPL
    48 Forest Ledge Road
    PO Box 540
    Glen NH 03838
    USA
    phone: 603-733-8156
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    Jonathon Burroughs Healthcare Expert PhotoJonathan H. Burroughs, MD, MBA, FACHE, FAAPL, is President and CEO of The Burroughs Healthcare Consulting Network, Inc., and works with some of the nation’s top healthcare consulting organizations to provide ‘best practice’ solutions and training to healthcare organizations throughout the country in the areas of governance, physician–hospital alignment strategies, credentialing, privileging, peer review and performance improvement/patient safety, medical staff development planning, strategic planning, physician performance, and behavior management as well as ways in which physicians and management can work together in new ways to solve quality, safety, operational, and financial challenges.

    Litigation Support: Dr. Burroughs offers litigation support services to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defense. He provides general expert witness services for cases involving:
    • Regulatory Compliance
    • Negligent Credentialing
    • Negligent Privileging
    • Negligent Peer Review
    • Physician Performance Management
  • Fraud and Abuse
  • Fair and Judicial Hearings
  • Patient Safety
  • Physician Contracts
  • Medical Staff Bylaws, Policies, Procedures, Rules & Regulations
  • Dr. Burroughs serves on the national faculty of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Association for Physician Leadership (formerly the American College of Physician Executives), where he has been consistently rated as one of their top speakers and educators. He and Dr. David Nash were recently awarded a development grant by the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) to develop a twelve hour national program to address population health and the disruptive innovative business models necessary to support it. He is the author or coauthor of the following books: Redesign the Medical Staff Model-A Collaborative Approach (published by Health Administration Press, January, 2015), The Complete Guide to FPPE (2012), Medical Staff Leadership Essentials (2011), Engage and Align the Medical Staff and Hospital Management: Expert Strategies and Field Tested Tools (2010), A Practical Guide to Managing Disruptive and Impaired Physicians (2010), The Top 40 Medical Staff Policies and Procedures, Fourth Edition (2010), Emergency Department On-Call Strategies: Solutions for Physician-Hospital Alignment (2009), and Peer Review Best Practices: Case Studies and Lessons Learned (2008).

    Dr. Burroughs is a former Senior Consultant and Director of Education Services for The Greeley Company where he was rated as one of their top healthcare consultants and educators over an eight year period. He is also a past medical staff president, past president of the New Hampshire chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and served as an emergency department medical director. As a member of the governing board of Memorial Hospital in New Hampshire, he chaired the ethics, succession planning, and bylaws committees and sat on the joint conference, strategic planning, and medical executive committees. He previously served as a member of the clinical faculty of Dartmouth Medical School, where his research interests included introducing EMT defibrillation and automatic defibrillation into the field.

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    11/11/2015 · Healthcare
    Population health is not possible in a discounted fee-for-service world, and the significant healthcare business challenge is how to transition from fee-for-service to risk-based capitation in a sustainable way. The following represents an outline for how this transition can be staged so that early steps exploit the benefits of fee-for-service while the latter ones exploit a more capitated model:

    10/21/2015 · Healthcare
    Not too long ago, I had the sad task of testifying at a civil litigation and a judicial hearing for two physicians who had been suspended from their respective medical staffs. In both cases, the suspensions and resultant procedural rights were avoidable because proactive communication and management did not effectively take place. Such events should be rare and most medical staffs can easily avoid them by focusing on preventive actions and addressing potential performance issues early in a supportive and assertive manner.

    Hospital CEOs may have once cast a wary eye when a retail clinic opened in their backyard, but that paradigm has shifted as health systems are increasingly opening their own retail clinics or affiliating with retail clinic operators.

    7/24/2015 · Healthcare
    Regulatory hurdles prevent more hospitals from using e-health to its full potential. Federal and state policies and regulations on care rendered via technology from a remote site spin a tangled web for providers either engaged in e-health or who want to be. A February 2014 article in Health Affairs found strong associations between state policies and hospitals' adoption of e-health, also known as tele-health or telemedicine.

    Alarm fatigue has moved to the forefront of hazards on the hospital floor. Nursing staff gets bombarded by hundreds or thousands of beeps, rings, whistles and pings emanating from bedside devices in a shift, and it can be difficult for them to distinguish the critical from the routine. An analysis of hospital alarms at Johns Hopkins Hospital counted a total of 59,000 alarms over a 12-day observation period, an average of 350 alarms per patient per day.1

    Jon Burroughs, MD, FACHE
    In this book, the author, an experienced physician leader and healthcare consultant, describes key changes that must be made to redesign the medical staff model. He provides specific guidance and examples to help healthcare leaders and executives work with their physician leaders to face these changes successfully. Well-regarded contributors and subject matter experts offer additional examples and insights with special content throughout the book.
    Jon Burroughs, MD, et al
    The Complete Guide to FPPE provides step-by-step guidance for developing an FPPE process and policy, selecting indicators, collecting data, conducting performance conversations with practitioners, and managing FPPE for low-volume and advance practice practitioners.
    Jon Burroughs, MD, et al
    Sharpen medical staff leadership skills with proven educational strategies and succession planning tools. Medical Staff Leadership Essentials: A Guide to Developing Leadership Skills and Recruiting the Next Generation delivers a step-by-step process for becoming an effective physician leader and training future leaders. Veteran and new physician leaders alike will gain valuable insight to help the medical staff develop, retain, and recruit a legacy of effective physician leaders.
    Jon Burroughs, MD, et al
    Real-world solutions to problem physician behavior Don t let disruptive physician behavior and impairment negatively affect your hospital s operations or put your patients, staff, and colleagues at risk. This resource will help you implement a sound program to manage impairment and prevent disruptive physician behavior.
    Jon Burroughs, MD, et al
    This resource combines the expertise of advisors from The Greeley Company and in-the-trenches hospital and medical staff leaders. You ll get real-world solutions to engage practitioners in medical staff activities and align them with hospital goals. Unlike other theory-based books, this resource provides tools and strategies that have helped your peers break the cycle of disengagement and apathy.
    Jon Burroughs, MD, et al
    Developed by trusted Greeley Company experts, the fourth edition of this concise guide will help you develop medical staff policies and procedures that comply with Joint Commission requirements and promote current industry best practices. Don t wade through lengthy manuals and Web sites full of outdated information.
    Jon Burroughs, MD, et al
    Move from reactive deals to shared costs and sustainable physician-hospital alignment. This edition provides fully updated strategies, tools, and step-by-step approaches from multiple ED call panel experts.
    Jon Burroughs, MD, et al
    Peer Review Best Practices: Case Studies and Lessons Learned will help you transform peer review theory into best practice. This book and CD-ROM set is built on contemporary peer review design and demonstrates how hospitals have used those theories to tackle real peer review challenges. Twenty case studies cover topics ranging from fixing your peer review system to tracking and trending data to reconciling peer review conflicts.
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    James B. Wener, BSME, MBA
    Founder
    3132 North Volz Drive West
    Arlington Heights IL 60004
    USA
    phone: 847-927-5377
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    James Wener Business Systems Expert PhotoJames B. Wener, BSME, MBA is a Business Systems Consultant with over 45 years of experience in successfully managing small through very large projects and implementing a large number of computer systems for healthcare, manufacturing, and distribution organizations.

    Mr. Wener is a certified HIPAA professional, having performed several HIPAA compliance assessments, staff training programs, writing policies and procedures and developing and implementing HIPAA Breach Programs. Health care clients include Rush/Prudential Health Plans in Chicago, HMO Illinois, Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, Harris Health Plans in Dallas, HealthFirst in New York and Mercy Health Plans in Wisconsin and Illinois, Mercy Hospital in Chicago and other health maintenance organizations (HMOs).

    A Management Systems consultant since 1991, Mr. Wener has a significant record of accomplishment. His Information Technology (IT) projects include the implementation and management of a wide variety of application software systems. He has decades of experience in process automation for payers (health plans, third party administrators or TPAs), providers (hospital and physician groups), Management Service Organizations (MSOs), and clients in other industries. Mr. Wener specializes in:
    • Analyzing Operational Flow
    • Identifying Information Requirements
    • Preparing Vendor Requests for Proposal
    • Selecting, Developing, and Implementing Computerized Solutions
    Litigation Support - James B. Wener has been an expert witness for several plaintiffs and defendants regarding failed projects, failed system implementations, and HIPAA breaches. His extensive litigation support and expert witness engagements have focused on assisting attorneys in understanding the industrial and best practices related to the facts of their case, preparing the "message" that best represents the client's position, assisting in preparing pleadings, assisting in settlement negotiations, writing expert witness reports understandable to the non-professional, preparing for opposing side depositions, being deposed, and preparing for and appearing at trial.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • HIPAA Assessments
    • Failed System Implementation Projects
    • Intellectual Property Damages
    • Wrongful Employee Termination
    • Project Management
    • System Implementation
  • Systems Implementation Management
  • Disaster Recovery Planning
  • Breach of Patient Privacy
  • Software Company Bankruptcy
  • Failed Project Management
  • IT Advisor Independence
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    3/29/2018 · Expert Witnessing
    The role of the litigation attorney is to tell a story to the arbiter in such a way to effectively represents the client's position. Often the attorney requires a person with unique expertise to understand and present technical information in a manner that is understandable to the lay person. Attorneys often determine the need for an expert witness after discovery and after depositions have been taken for many of the witnesses. In many cases this is too late for an expert to most effective. My experience as an expert witness has led me to recommend considering the use of an expert at the following times

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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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    260 Lee St. North
    Lewisburg WV 24901
    USA
    phone: 404-680-9898
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    Stephen Cohen Colon Rectal Surgery Expert PhotoStephen M. Cohen, MD, MBA, FACS, FASCRS, has over 25 years of experience and is double board certified in General Surgery and Colon and Rectal surgery. In his new position, Dr. Cohen is leading the way for improved surgical care in Southern West Virginia. He is starting a new surgical program while utilizing his general surgery, endoscopy, and leadership skills as Director of Acute Care Surgery at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center.

    Dr. Cohen was the first Board certified colon and rectal surgeon for the southern crescent area in Atlanta, Georgia. Many of his patients travel long distances to receive his high quality care, due to his unique ability to put patients and family at ease during difficult and often stressful times. Dr. Cohen is an innovator, pioneer, and pacesetter of emerging, developing, and innovative colorectal techniques. Painless hemorrhoid treatments, state-of-the-art incontinence procedures, and new paradigms in postoperative care are several of the interests that Dr. Cohen's patients receive in his quest to identify the newest and most advanced treatments available.

    An Associate Professor at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Cohen is active in teaching, educating, and collaborating with students and physicians both domestically and internationally, in which his passion is advocating for advances in colorectal diagnosis and treatment, promoting quality access, and maintaining affordability in the current healthcare debate.

    Dr. Cohen's Medical Legal Intoduction


    Litigation Support - Dr. Stephen Cohen is a leader in the field of colon and rectal surgery. He prides himself on keeping abreast about evidence-based medicine, and is a consultant for many medical-legal cases that require his particular skills for a fair and just review.

    Dr. Cohen has provided litigation support services to the legal industry for over 12 years. He has given over 100 depositions and made over 20 court appearances. ability to teach and educate a jury. His expertise is available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Colon Cancer
    • Colonoscopy
    • Diverticulitis
    • Hemorrhoids
    • Infections
    • General Surgery
  • Colon / Rectal Surgery
  • Constipation
  • Fecal Incontinence
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis
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    Medical malpractice is defined by Merriam-Webster as careless, wrong, or illegal actions by a doctor who is performing a professional duty. Most medical-legal cases are settled for a variety of reasons, however, those cases that make it to a court of law rely on experts to teach, train, and educate the jury.

    I was recently involved in a medical malpractice case that went against the physician. Remember, most malpractice cases are brought against a physician is in reality bad outcomes, as no one in the medical profession attempts to do the wrong thing to anyone. In this particular case, however, lack of communication and common sense led to a favorable plaintiff's verdict.

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    Yolanda Anderson, RN, BSN, CEN, CLNC
    Principal
    12081 W. Alameda Pkwy
    Suite 251
    Lakewood CO 80228
    USA
    phone: 720-308-7880
    fax: 303-988-3236
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    Yolanda Anderson, RN, BSN, CEN, CLNC is a Registered Nurse and has been working in the Emergency Department for more than 25 years. A Certified Legal Nurse Consultant with a detail-oriented approach, Ms. Anderson is knowledgeable about all aspects of Hospital Care and Standards of Care for Physicians, Nurses and Ancillary Personnel.

    Ms. Anderson's background experience includes work in the Emergency Department of Los Angeles County, USC Medical Center, a level I Trauma Center and in the Emergency Department at Saint Anthony Hospital Central in Denver, Colorado, a level I Trauma Center where she helped initiate the Hyperbaric Medicine program. For 15 years, she worked as a staff RN, Charge RN and Assistant Nurse Manager in the Emergency Department at Littleton Adventist Hospital - Littleton, Colorado, a level II Trauma Center. There, she helped with the expansion and reconstruction of the current Emergency Department facility.

    Ms. Anderson has been retained as an Expert 27 times. Her litigation support services include chart review for merit, chronologies, medical care research, Independent Medical Assessments, and more. Ms. Anderson's services are available to attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Emergency Department Care
    • Inpatient Hospital Care
    • Trauma, Cardiac, Neurological Emergency
    • Adult, Pediatric, and Infant Care
  • Triage & Documentation
  • Nursing Home Care
  • Electronic Medical Records
  • Worker's Compensation
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    Comprehensive Medical Legal Services, LLC
    Sandra Gardner, BSN, RN, LNC, CNLCP
    Liberty MO 64068
    USA
    phone: 816-260-0402
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    Sandra Gardner, BSN, RN, LNC, CNLCP, Founder and Owner of Comprehensive Medical Legal Services, LLC offers Legal Nurse Consulting, Nurse Life Care Planning, and Medical Record Review services.

    Ms. Gardner concurrently works with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services as Service Coordinator for the Bureau of Special Health Care Needs. In this role, she oversees case management, authorizing in-home services for children with special needs, coordinating families with resources for DME and other services, and serving as liaison between families and physicians.

    Litigation Support - Ms. Gardner provides support for cases involving Medical Care and Malpractice. Her services are available to counsel representing both plaintiff and defendant. Her services and expertise include:
    • Organizing and Summarizing Medical Records
    • Medical Chronologies
    • Life Care Planning
    • Managed Care for Hospice Patients
    • Managed Care for Palliative Care Patients
    • Communicable Disease Investigation
  • Medical / Surgical Bedside Care
  • Home-based Primary Care Case Management
  • Primary Care Clinic
  • Home Telehealth Monitoring
  • Walk-in Triage
  • Patient Education
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    Kimberly M. Pearson, MHA, MBA, RN, CCHP

    23036 Cassano Drive
    Laguna Niguel CA 92677
    USA
    phone: 951-205-3077
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    Kimberly M. Pearson, MHA, MBA, RN, CCHP is a Correctional Healthcare Consultant with over 33 years of experience in the healthcare industry, including correctional healthcare (both medical and mental health), clinical nursing, management, and administration in a variety of healthcare venues.

    In her role as Deputy Agency Director for the Orange County Health Care Agency, Ms. Pearson was responsible for all medical and mental health care provided in the Orange County (California) adult and juvenile detention facilities. The adult jail system ranks in the "top ten" in terms of size in the country, with an average daily population of over 6,000 inmates. She has been honored as a National Award Recipient for Excellence in Executive Leadership at the 2016 Nurse.com Nursing Excellence GEM Awards (Giving Excellence Meaning).

    An expert in her field, Ms. Pearson delivers seminars and lectures on Correctional Healthcare topics around the country. In 2017, she spoke on “The Art of Managing Regulatory Inspections,” to the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare in Chicago, IL, on “Clinical Management for High-Risk Patients in this Litigious Environment,” to the American Correctional Health Services Association in San Jose, CA, and “Sticking Together: A Cohesive Correctional Healthcare Delivery System,” to the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare Leadership Institute in Las Vegas, NV.

    Litigation Support - Ms. Pearson previously provided Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death case reviews as an in-house consultant for two law firms in the Midwest. She currently consults on policy and procedure development and comprehensive correctional health system review and recommendations.

    Ms. Pearson has served as a correctional healthcare expert witness in over 35 cases in the past four years. Her services are available to attorneys representing plaintiffs or defendants and includes comprehensive written reports for both federal and state cases, standard of care evaluation, and correctional health care deviation identification.
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