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Jeffrey C. Wolkowicz, MD
3100 Coral Springs Dr.
Ste 304
Boca Raton FL 33433
phone: 954-821-2241
fax: 954-341-1009
Jeffrey C. Wolkowicz, MD, has over 20 years of experience in the field of Critical Care and Pulmonary Medicine. In private practice in Coral Springs Florida, he has active hospital privileges at Coral Springs Medical Center, Coral Springs, Northwest Medical Center, Margate, and University Hospital, Tamarac.

Since 2002, Dr. Wolkowicz has served as the Chairman of Pharmacy and Therapeutics and the Medical Director of Respiratory Therapy / Pulmonary Diagnostic Services at Coral Springs Medical Center. He is also Chairman of the Critical Care Committee and an Infection Control Committee member.

Litigation Support - Dr. Wolkowicz He has been providing services to the legal industry for over 10 years. He offers support to attorneys representing both plaintiff and defendant. His services include IME's, record reviews, written reports, and expert testimony as needed.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Asthma
  • Asbestos
  • Reactive Airways Disease
  • COPD
  • Pneumonia
  • Lung Cancer
  • Bronchitis
  • Asbestosis
  • Occupational Lung Disease
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sepsis
  • ARDS
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    Andrew Wittenberg, MD, MPH, FACEP
    3350 E. 7th St. #525
    Long Beach CA 90804
    phone: 310-266-6775
    Andrew Wittenberg, MD, MPH, FACEP, is a practicing Emergency Medicine Physician with over 10 years of experience. He is Certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

    Dr. Wittenberg is currently the chairman of Emergency Medicine at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. He has been practicing Emergency Medicine in Long Beach for over 10 years. He is a part of Columbia Emergency Medical Group, Inc., which staffs the ER at Long Beach Memorial, Miller Children’s and Community Hospital of Long Beach. Dr. Wittenberg graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and completed his residency at LAC-USC. He has been recognized for excellence in teaching with awards from two residency programs.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Wittenberg offers expert witness services in medical malpractice cases involving Emergency Medicine. He provides consultation for chart reviews, expert witness depositions, and testimony. Dr. Wittenberg's services are available to both plaintiff and defendant.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Trauma
    • Stroke
    • Myocardial Infarction / STEMI
    • Pregnancy / Ectopic Pregnancy
    • Sepsis
    • Pulmonary Embolis(PE)
  • Aneurysm
  • Pneumonia
  • Appendicitis
  • Intubation
  • Ischemia
  • Testicular and Ovarian Torsion
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    Karen Wilkinson, MN, ARNP
    Seattle WA
    phone: 425-367-2275
    Karen Wilkinson MN, ARNP brings a unique blend of over 30 years of clinical nursing experience with her nursing faculty experience and paralegal background to offer many services to attorneys.

    Ms. Wilkinson provides services in medical and nursing malpractice cases, general negligence / personal injury cases, product liability cases, toxic torts and environmental cases, worker’s compensation and workplace related injury cases, criminal cases, and any case where health, illness, or injury is an issue. She works as a consulting expert, a testifying expert, and/or a Life Care Planner to provide you with case chronologies, expert reports and declarations, medical billing review, declarations, IME attendance, and many other services.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Nursing Care Issues
    • Medical Care Issues
    • Ancillary Care Issues
    • Inner Workings of Hospitals
    • JCAHO Accreditation
    • Pain Assessment & Management
    • Neurodevelopmental Issues
  • Staffing
  • Delegation
  • Managed Care
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Life Care Plans
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Medication Error
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    Jonathan Wiesen, MD
    Beachwood OH USA
    phone: 551-486-6214
    Jonathan Wiesen, MD received training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine with a special focus on Medical Ethics.

    Dr. Wiesen is currently a Pulmonary and Intensive Care Attending Physician at Community Intensivists where his duties include general clinical care and workflow organization and protocol authorship. He also serves as a Medical Technology Analyst at OurCrowd where he is responsible for the Scientific and financial assessment of medical technology start up companies and provides multi-disciplinary interactions for assessments and investments.

    Dr. Wiesen has extensive academic experience with over 75 publications, including first authorship on over a dozen full length manuscripts. He has been honored with the Teaching Excellence Award from the Cleveland Clinic, a non-profit academic medical center, which provides clinical and hospital care and leads in research, education, and health information. He also received the Best Abstract Award, Critical Care session, at the ACCP CHEST annual conference in 2014.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Wiesen provides expert witness services to attorneys representing plaintiff and defendant. His services include medical record review, written reports, depositions, and trial testimony as needed.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Cardio-Pulmonary Hemodynamics
    • Respiratory Physiology
    • End of Life
    • Sepsis / Septic Shock
    • Pneumonia
    • COPD
    • Asthma
    • Life Support
  • Mechanical Ventilation
  • Smoking Related Diseases
  • Interstitial Lung Disease
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Lung Transplantation
  • Biomedical Ethics
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Triage
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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.

    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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    Clinton F. Merrill, Jr., MD
    118 Mountain Air Dr.
    Laramie WY 82070
    phone: 308-225-3954
    Clinton F. Merrill, Jr., MD, has over 35 years of experience in clinical Internal Medicine and 28 years of experience in Medical Oncology and Hematology.

    Dr. Merrill is experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of all solid tumors as well as the full range of hematologic malignancies. He has special expertise in benign hematology including: anemias, low blood cell counts, iron overload disorders, bleeding and clotting disorders.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Merrill offers expert witness services to counsel representing Plaintiff and Defendant. His services include medical record review, written reports, depositions, and trial testimony. Dr. Merrill takes pride in providing thorough record review, meticulously researched reports reflecting unbiased opinions, and excellent communication skills with the ability to make the complex understandable.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Breast Cancer
    • Colon Cancer
    • Lung Cancer
    • Tumors
    • Leukemias
    • Lymphomas
  • Myeloma
  • Myeloproliferative Disorders
  • Myelodysplastic Syndromes
  • Benign Hematology
  • Anemia
  • Bleeding and Clotting Disorders
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    Robert B. Weber, MD, FACC, QME
    Culver City CA 90230
    phone: 310-558-9777 (Office) 310-266-3129 (Cell)
    Robert Weber, MD, FACC, QME, is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease. A Cardiologist for almost 35 years, Dr. Weber is currently practicing clinical cardiology and is on staff at major Los Angeles teaching medical centers and cardiovascular centers of excellence (Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Southern California Hospital).

    Dr. Weber's practice encompasses the range of cardiovascular diagnostics and treatment. He has a particular interest in Cardiomyopathy and employs a combination of pharmacologic and integrative therapeutics. Dr. Weber completed his Bachelor of Science at the University of California, Los Angeles and received his medical degree from The Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Saint Mary’s Medical Center and the Hospital of Good Samaritan, and completed his cardiology fellowship at Huntington Memorial Hospital.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Weber has over 10 years of experience performing approximately 250 Independent Medical Examinations (IMEs). He has been retained for his expertise 80 times. Approaching each case with impartiality, Dr. Weber's services are available to attorneys for both plaintiff and defendant.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Coronary Heart / Artery Disease
    • Heart Failure
    • Heart Valve Disease
    • Cardiomyopathy
    • Abnormal Heart Rhythms
  • Pericarditis
  • Hypertension
  • Dyslipidemia
  • Atrial Fibrillation
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    Washington State University
    Tracy L. Skaer, PharmD, FASHP, FASCP
    College of Pharmacy
    HSB Suite 210 PO Box 1495
    Spokane WA 99210-1495
    phone: 509-358-7724
    fax: 509-358-7744
    Tracy L. Skaer, PharmD, FASHP, FASCP is a Professor of Pharmacotherapy with over 30 years of pharmaceutical experience; 5 years as an expert witness. She is a licensed pharmacist in California, Idaho, and Washington. Dr. Skaer is a Fellow of the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, the American Society of Consultant Pharmacist, and a Member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacist's (ACCP) Pain and Palliative Care Practice and Research Network (PRN).

    Dr. Skaer's research interests include chronic pain, comorbid mental illness in chronic disease, depression, anxiety disorders, insomnia, mindfulness, complementary and alternative medicine, and pharamcoeconomics and pharmacoepidemiology. Her research has been supported by over $3.2 million in grants from foundations and pharmaceutical industry.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Skaer has completed several expert cases across the United States. Her services are available to attorneys representing plaintiff and defendant and include record review, written reports, deposition, and trial testimony. Dr. Skaer's cases involve:
    • Chronic Pain
    • Narcotic Use
    • Opioid Pill Mills
    • Illicit Substance Abuse
    • Opioid Overdose
    • Wrongful Death
  • Urine Drug Testing
  • Medication-Related Suicide
  • Medication Reactions and Interactions
  • FDA Controlled Substances Act
  • Opioid Prescribing
  • Opioid Dispensing Regulations
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    Alan J. Waldman, MD
    703 N. Main St.
    Ste. B
    Gainesville FL 32601
    phone: 352-377-3771
    Alan J. Waldman, MD, has practiced Forensic Neuropsychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry for over 25 years. He specializes in the evaluation of head injuries, dementia, any type of post accident cerebral neuropathy, and any neuropsychiatric / psychiatric disorder.

    The learning and honing of Dr. Waldman's skills progressed through his stint as full time faculty at the University of Florida, his subsequent private practice, the neuropsychiatric consultant to a head injury rehabilitation and residential facility, and the medical directorship of a 217 bed State of Florida forensic psychiatric institution. While at the institution, he did consultations on the head injured patients and those suspected of malingering.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Waldman has evaluated over 200 respondents or potential respondents, for the state and defense in Florida's post incarceration sex offender program. He has testified in approximately 50 hearings and trials (again for both sides) and has been qualified as an expert in the prediction of sex offender recidivism risk. He has a great deal of experience in the detection of Embellishment and Malingering.

    Dr. Waldman has been qualified as an expert witness in circuit, county, and federal courts through out Florida. He was retained by the Office of the Attorney General of Texas in Austin for a case involving questions of malingering by a death row inmate whose case was remanded back to the Federal District Court in Austin by the U.S. Supreme Court. Dr. Waldman has been recognized as an expert by courts in California, Illinois, New Jersey, Ohio, Maryland, New Hampshire, Michigan, Georgia, Florida, The Bahamas and Texas.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Sexually Violent Predator Evaluations
    • Brain Injury
    • Criminology
    • Competence to Proceed (Stand Trial)
    • Forensic Psychiatry
    • IMEs
    • Malingering
    • Embellishment
    • Neurophysiology
    • Neuropsychiatry
  • Neuropsychology
  • Neuropsychopharmacology
  • Impaired Driver
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Sanity / Trial Competency
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Cognitive Impairments
  • Sexual Harassment / Discrimination
  • Spousal Abuse
  • Stalking
  • Suicide
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    Vast Enterprises, LLC
    Timothy Luckett , BS, RN, CNOR, CRNFA, CIC, LNC
    14171 Shepherd Drive
    Rancho Cucamonga CA 91739
    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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    Adam J. Carinci, MD
    601 Elmwood Ave., Box 604
    Rochester NY 14642
    phone: 585-273-5875 (Office) 845-797-2305 (Cell)
    Adam CarinciDr. Adam J Carinci, M.D. is a nationally recognized and sought after clinician, speaker and expert witness with over a decade of pain medicine experience. He is double-board certified in both Anesthesiology and in Pain Medicine and maintains an active, full time medical practice. Dr. Carinci is Chief of the Pain Management Division and Director of the Pain Treatment Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center and an Associate Professor at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. Prior to his current position, Dr. Carinci was the Director of the Pain Medicine Center at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Instructor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Carinci trained at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He has been involved in over 50 cases as an expert witness for both plaintiff (35%) and defense (65%). He has qualified as an expert witness in federal court. He has authored over 30 expert reports, and has offered testimony under oath at both depositions and trials. Dr. Carinci is pleased to provide attorney references and redacted sample reports. He is an active member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, The American Academy of Pain Medicine and the American Pain Society. He lectures nationally as an expert on opioids and pain. He is a consultant for several Federal Agencies including; CDC, HHS and USDVA.

    Pain Management Credentials:

    -Board Certification in Anesthesiology (ABMS)

    -Board Certification in Pain Medicine (ABMS)

    -Expertise: CRPS, RSD, Opioids

    -Division Chief and Director at URMC

    -Prior Director of the MGH Center for Pain Medicine

    -Active clinical practice in pain management

    -Litigation Support

    -Extensive expert witness experience

    -Standard of care opinions, Case merit

    -Medical Necessity Standards, Medical Fraud and Abuse

    -Translate complex medical issues into easily understood language -Trial Experience
    3/6/2018 · Pain Management
    Torture is widely practiced throughout the world. Recent studies indicate that 50% of all countries, including 79% of the G-20 countries, continue to practice systematic torture despite a universal ban. It is well known that torture has numerous physical, psychological, and pain-related sequelae that can inflict a devastating and enduring burden on its victims. Health care professionals, particularly those who specialize in the treatment of chronic pain, have an obligation to better understand the physical and psychological effects of torture. This review highlights the epidemiology, classification, pain sequelae, and clinical treatment guidelines of torture victims. In addition, the role of pharmacologic and psychologic interventions is explored in the context of rehabilitation.

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    John F. Steinfirst, LCSW
    70 Parker Avenue
    San Francisco CA 94118
    phone: 415-753-9441 (Office), 510-773-9485 (Cell)
    John F. Steinfirst, LCSW, has over 40 years of experience in Clinical Social Work, Supervision, Program Development, and Management, and as CEO for 20 years of a $30 million mental health, child welfare, social services agency.

    As principal of the well-respected residential and community based Fred Finch Youth Center in Oakland, with programs throughout California, Mr. Steinfirst has experience with an array of services for a variety of institutions, government and private agencies. Clients include but are not limited to abused and neglected children, developmentally disabled and mentally disabled, co-occurring disordered, children, youth, and families, adults, the elderly and those with substance abuse problems.

    An innovator in his field, Mr. Steinfirst is responsible for developing and implementing the first residential and day treatment programs in California for developmentally disabled consumers with mental health problems, and one of the most comprehensive affordable housing, mental health, and vocational training programs for Transitional Age Youth, ages 17-28.

    Litigation Support - As a licensed and experienced Mental Health Therapist, Mr. Steinfirst also offers expert witness services to attorneys representing plaintiff and defendant. His cases involve standards of care, group homes / residential treatment and care, foster family agencies, a wide range of states' regulations and laws, mental health issues, social services, developmental disabilities, psychiatric institutions, and clinical services, for all ages.

    Mr. Steinfirst's most recent case involved an insurance company that refused to settle for $2 million. The case resulted in a $5.3 million victory after he took the stand for 1 1/2 days.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Behavioral Science
    • Child Abuse
    • Child Custody
    • Child Psychiatry
    • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Community Mental Health
  • Disability
  • Drug Abuse
  • Therapist Malpractice
  • State Laws and Regulations
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    The Reading Medical Group- Laureldale
    William Santoro
    3212 Kutztown Road
    Laureldale PA 19605
    phone: 610-929-3380
    fax: 610-685-9290
    Dr. William Santoro, MD is Board Certified in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine. In addition to being the Medical Director at the Reading Hospital & Medical Center detoxification and rehabilitation program, Dr. Santoro is also the Medical Director for New Directions, Methadone Treatment center where he is responsible for all admission physical examinations and for prescribing methadone to approximately 950 opiate dependant patients.

    Dr. Santoro is the Addictionist on staff at The Reading Hospital & Medical Center in the Department of Psychiatry. He is consulted by the hospitalists to care for patients admitted to the hospital with addiction complicating their condition. Dr. Santoro runs a private Suboxone Outpatient Center treating up to 100 patients with Suboxone maintenance.

    With a special interest in Sports Medicine in 2001, he served as a volunteer physician for the U.S. Olympic Training Team in Lake Placid, New York.

    Dr. Santoro has been deposed approximately 6 times in the past several years. He has testified in two cases, one on behalf of the Plaintiff and the other for the defense.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Methadone Treatment
    • Suboxone Treatment
    • Dual Diagnosis Pain / Addiction
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    C. Perry Cooke, III, MD
    5824 Widewaters Parkway
    East Syracuse NY 13057
    phone: 315-256-2520
    C. Perry Cooke, III, MD, is an Orthopedic Surgeon with more than 35 years of experience in the management of Musculo-Skeletal Injury and Disease. He has treated all Orthopedic conditions, but now concentrates on Disorders of the Shoulder and Knee.

    Dr. Cooke is a founding member and has been the long-term managing partner of a large private Orthopedic group in Syracuse, NY. His Patient Satisfaction Surveys are consistently very high. He is on the active staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Community General Hospital, Upstate University Hospital, and Specialists’ One-Day Surgery Center, all in Syracuse, NY. In the past, he was occasionally assisted at Surgery by a Resident in Orthopedics, but for many years is now assisted by a PA or LPN…performing as the primary surgeon on every case.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Cooke is comfortable in the legal environment. He is experienced in Depositions, Video Testimony, and Courtroom Testimony. He is not intimidated by the proceedings of a courtroom or an opposing attorney.

    Dr. Cooke testifies for both defense and plaintiff cases. He relates well to juries, being able to explain complicated situations using plain English terminology. Dr. Cooke can use documents, charts, and anatomic models to educate members of a jury. He will participate in a case only if his opinion is supported by the evidence.
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    S. Garrett Sullivan, MD
    3513 Dexter St.
    Denver CO 80207
    phone: 970-389-0358
    S. Garrett Sullivan, MD, is an Anesthesiologist with over 35 years of experience in Anesthesiology and Pain Management.

    Dr. Sullivan was Certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology in 1985 and received the added qualification in Pain Management in 1998. He has been a Diplomat of the American Board of Pain Medicine since 2000. Specialized in research on CRPS / RSD during his fellowship at UCLA.

    Background - Dr. Sullivan has many years of experience as a solo practitioner for Rose Medical Center. He then served concurrently as the President of Alpine Pain and Spine Specialists and the Medical Director of the Summit Surgery Center. Since then, he has practiced Anesthesiology and Pain Management for various medical groups throughout Colorado.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Sullivan currently provides Medical Malpractice Chart Review and Disability Determination, Independent Medical Evaluation for Veterans with Disabilities. His services are available to attorneys representing both plaintiff and defendant and include medical record review, written reports, depositions, and trial testimony.
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