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Tower Health Addiction Medicine
William Santoro
MD
420 S. Fifth Avenue
K Building
West Reading PA 19611
USA
phone: 484-628-5858
fax: 484-628-5289
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William Santoro, MD is Board Certified in Addiction Medicine and Family Medicine. In addition to being the Chief of the Section of Addiciotn Medicine at Tower Health and Medical Director at the Reading Hospital & Medical Center detoxification/rehabilitation program, Dr. Santoro is also the Medical Director at New Directions, Methadone Treatment center where he is responsible for all admission physical exams and for prescribing methadone to approximately 950 opiate dependant patients. Dr. Santoro is the Addictionist on staff at The Reading Hospital & Medical Center within the Department of Psychiatry. He is consulted by hospitalists to care for patients admitted to the hospital with addiction complicating their condition. Dr. Santoro runs a Medication Assisted Recovery Clinic, an outpatient program treating over 200 patients with buprenorphine (Suboxone) or Vivitrol maintenance. With an 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 more than a dozen times in the past several years. He has testified in court numerous times on behalf of the plaintiff as well as for the defense. He has testified in Federal Court and been involved in cases concerning the pharmacuetical industry. 

Areas of Expertise:

  • All aspects of Addiction Medicine
  • Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
    • Buprenorphine
    • Naltrexone
    • Methadone
  • Dual Diagnosis Pain/Addiction

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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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Dr. John C. Shershow
240 Central Park South Suite 2H
New York NY 10019
USA
phone: 800-388-9299
Dr. John Shershow is a nationally known expert in all aspects of Hospital and Clinic Administration. In his nearly 20 years of experience as a Senior Hospital Executive and Healthcare Consultant, Dr. Shershow has surveyed or consulted to hundreds of hospitals, both as an accreditation surveyor for JCAHO and as a private consultant for hospitals nationwide.

Dr. Shershow has been Medical Director of two prestigious hospitals and an Associate Dean of a nationally known medical school. He is Board Certified and was educated at Harvard, Yale and the University of Southern California.

Areas Of Expertise Include:
  • Hospital Administration
  • Staffing
  • Quality of Care
  • JCAHO Accreditation
  • Medical Quality Assessment and Review
  • Medical Staff Affairs
  • Hospital And Ambulatory Standards of Care
  • Patient Rights
  • Health Care Risk Management
  • Medical Quality Assurance
  • Administrative Medicine
  • Peer Review
  • JCAHO Standards
  • Physician Credentialing & Privileging
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    Elliott M. Stein, MD
    Chief of Psychiatry
    302 Silver Ave.
    San Francisco CA 94112
    USA
    phone: 415-672-9352
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    Elliott M. Stein, MD is a Geriatric Psychiatrist with over 40 years of experience caring for the elderly. Dr. Stein is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Psychiatry (October, 1979), and in Geriatric Psychiatry (April, 1991; Re-Certified, December, 2001, and in April, 2011). He is licensed to practice in California and Florida.

    Dr. Stein is currently the Director of Psychiatry at the Jewish Home of San Francisco, and the Medical Director of their Geriatric Psychiatry Hospital. He treats older individuals from all over the San Francisco Bay area, typically people who have complex combination of psychiatric and medical problems.

    Dr. Stein is a Member of the Task Force on Testamentary Capacity and Undue Influence, for the International PsychoGeriatric Association. He is available to serve as an Expert Witness, do legal and forensic consultation, record review, and assessments concerning Psychiatric issues in older individuals. Dr. Stein offers his services to attorneys for both Plaintiff or Defense.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Contested Wills and Trusts
    • Testamentary Capacity, Undue Influence, Insane Delusions
    • Geriatric Competence
    • Dementia and Delirium, Alzheimer’s Disease
    • Geriatric Psychiatry Evaluation and Treatment, Psychiatric Medication, Psychotherapeutic Issues
    • Depression and Anxiety Disorders
    • Relationship Problems between the Elderly and their Adult Children
    • Aging and Mental Disorders
    • Geriatric Psychiatry issues concerning Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Independent and Assisted Living Facilities
    • Medicare Psychiatric Services Coding and Documentation
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    Jay Grossman, DDS
    11980 San Vicente, Suite 507
    Los Angeles CA 90049
    USA
    phone: 310-820-0123
    fax: 310-207-3784
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    Dr. Jay S. Grossman was accepted to NYU College of Dentistry at the age of 19. After completing a residency in Advanced Education in General Dentistry, he joined the Navy and completed a tour of duty as a Lieutenant in the Dental Corp. Since 1991 he started his own practice in Brentwood, California and has been practicing there ever since. As a dental expert, he has been involved in over 470 dental malpractice, peer review and injury cases, deposed over 80 times, in Superior Court over 40 times, and never been disqualified. He is averaging 60% for the plaintiff and 40% for the defense and spends at least 95% of his time patient care. Published and have been written about in print, radio and TV over 116 times. He is qualified to offer an expert opinion in 42 states due to his 3 licenses and 1 expert certificate.

    Founder of the non-profit “Homeless Not Toothless” (www.homelessnottoothless.org), he has made it possible for tens of thousands of homeless Veterans and foster children to receive over $2 million in pro-bono dental care. Dr. Grossman is an attending staff member at UCLA College of Dentistry and a clinic associate professor of dental medicine at Western University College of Dentistry.

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    Jacqueline N. Bloink, MBA, RHIA, CHC, CFE, CPC, CPC-I
    San Clemente CA USA
    phone: 970-560-1009
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    Jacqueline N. Bloink, MBA, RHIA, CHC, CFE, CPC, CPC-I, has over 20 years of experience in the field of Healthcare Compliance, with educational degrees, certifications and awards in healthcare management, coding, billing, reimbursement, compliance, education, and fraud prevention and identification.

    Background - Ms. Bloink served as the Director of Compliance for the largest provider group in Arizona. For several years she worked as a Medical Coding Manager, Reimbursement Manager, and Compliance Liaison for a University Physician Group - Department of Medicine, and as Corporate Responsibility Auditor for a large 3 Hospital network. Her work includes both medium and small practice administration.

    Ms. Bloink is a Professor and Instructor in the area of Medical Coding, Billing, Health Information Management, and Healthcare Fraud. She is a national, state and local speaker (author) for such groups as ACFE, HCCA, AAPC, American College of Physicians, CLM, Coalition Against Insurance Fraud, CA AHIMA, and others. In 2015, she was honored to be the recipient of the Arizona ACFE Sentinel Award “Truth Over Self” that acknowledged her assistance to the Office of Inspector General / Department of Justice with the largest Healthcare Fraud Case (FCA) in Arizona history.

    Litigation Support - Jacqueline N. Bloink is a knowledgeable expert witness with Healthcare Fraud litigation support history and proven experience with evaluating and investigating case allegations and, mitigating practice risk and liability, and reducing abuse potential. She offers services to expert witness firms, attorneys, health plans, providers, forensic consulting firms, governments, and IROs.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Healthcare Compliance
    • Healthcare Management
    • Medical Coding
    • Medical Billing
    • Medical Reimbursement
  • Medical Fraud Prevention and Identification
  • False Claims Act
  • Reverse False Claims
  • Regulatory Health Information Admin. (RHIA)
  • Medical Documentation
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    Stephen D. Chin, MD, FACEP
    Board Certified in Emergency Medicine
    Burlingame CA 94010
    USA
    phone: 650-224-7873
    fax: 650-228-7367
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    Stephen D. Chin, MD, FACEP, is an experienced Emergency Physician with over 20 years of clinical experience and an expertise in Documentation Quality Assurance and Risk Management through optimization of documentation and effecting behavioral change among providers.

    Dr. Chin currently is currently an Emergency Department Provider at Alta Bates Medical Center. He also serves as an Urgent Care Provider and Quality Assurance Consultant for the Medical Board of California.

    Dr. Chin is an award winning public speaker and is experienced in providing medical malpractice testimony. In addition, he is an instructor for the American Academy of Emergency Medicine Oral Board Review Course.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Chin provides Health, Life, and Disability File Reviews. His services include detailed forensic evaluation of the medical record and associated case files to determine merit and/or to find weaknesses or inconsistencies in documentation.

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    Dr. Paul Hofmann
    346 Rheem Blvd.
    Suite 101
    Moraga CA 94556
    USA
    phone: 925-247-9700
    fax: 925-247-9702
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    Expert Witness: Retained in Washington, D.C., and over 20 states as an expert in hospital administration who could render opinion after assessing medical records, hospital policies and procedures, medical staff bylaws and regulations, JCAHO standards, depositions, etc. Served as Expert Witness for Plaintiff and Defense.

    Consultant: Has assisted hospitals and health systems with accelerating their performance improvement efforts. Speaks, writes and consults on ethical issues in health care.

    Background Highlights:
    • Consultant, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of health system.
    • Executive Director of two academic medical centers: Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, Stanford University Hospital and Clinics at Stanford.
    • Past chairman of the national advisory board for the University of Chicago’s Center for Clinical Medical Ethics.
    • An author of over 175 publications, he has written articles for USA Today, Health Management Quarterly, Trustee, Health Progress, the Journal of Health Administration Education, Frontiers of Health Services Management, Bioethics Forum, Modern Healthcare, the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, Stanford Medicine, and Healthcare Executive among others.
    • Co-editor of Management Mistakes in Healthcare: Identification, Correction and Prevention, published by Cambridge University Press in 2005.
    • Co-editor of Managing Ethically: An Executive's Guide, published by Health Administration Press in 2001, and a second edition, Managing Healthcare Ethically: An Executive's Guide was published in 2010.
    • Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a past member of its Leadership Advisory Committee, and a consultant on health care management ethics since 1994.
    • Served as Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Stanford University’s Center for Biomedical Ethics.
    • Recipient of American Hospital Association's Award of Honor in 2009 and an Albert Schweitzer Leadership Award in 2012.
    • Faculty appointments held at Harvard, UCLA, Stanford, Emory, the University of California, and Seton Hall University.
    • Bachelor of Science, Master of Public Health, and Doctor of Public Health degrees are from the University of California, Berkeley.
    In 1989, I agreed for the first time to serve as an expert witness in a case brought by the family of a terminally ill pregnant patient who had a cesarean section performed against her will in a prominent university teaching hospital. Since then, whether retained as a plaintiff or defense expert, I have been surprised and disturbed by the number and types of cases in which hospitals and other health care facilities have been sued.

    Progress has been made on improving patient safety and reducing clinical mistakes, but errors happen and, in spite of everything, patients are still harmed.

    The belated but formal acknowledgement of medical errors and their impact has been well documented.1 Curiously, the topic of management or executive mistakes in healthcare is not raised in professional meetings nor, until recently, addressed by an article in health administration journals

    Paul Hofmann, MD, et. al (Editors)
    Ethical dilemmas are common in healthcare management. Although there is no handbook providing absolute solutions to ethics challenges, healthcare leaders can seek guidance and insight from others who have tackled similar issues. This book provides advice and inspiration from healthcare executives, ethicists, scholars, educators, and consultants. This collection of ethics columns from Healthcare Executive magazine will guide healthcare managers and executives in making personal and organizational decisions.
    Paul Hofmann (Editor), Frankie Perry (Editor)
    While increasing attention has been directed recently toward recognizing and reducing medical errors, healthcare organizations have yet to benefit from a similar scrutiny of management mistakes.
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    Mark A. Smith, MD, MBA, FACS, FACHE, CPHQ
    747 Camino Norte
    Palm Springs CA 92262
    USA
    phone: 760-275-8204
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    Mark Smith Medical Management Expert PhotoMark A. Smith, MD, MBA, FACS, FACHE, CPHQ, is an independent senior Healthcare Consultant and a Practicing Vascular Surgeon as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of California, Irvine.

    Dr. Smith previously served as the Chief Medical Officer with Morrisey Associates Inc/ Morcare LLC for six years. He is a member of HG Healthcare Consultants LLC. Dr. Smith brings over 30 years of clinical practice and hospital management experiences to his work with physicians and hospitals across the United States. He is Board Certified in Vascular Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is a member of the American College of Physician Executives, the Society for Vascular Surgery and the Southern California Vascular Surgical Society.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Smith provides expert witness services to attorneys representing plaintiff and defendant. His decades of clinical practice as a surgeon and multiple roles in senior hospital administration to his work on peer review, credentialing, ED call, and other matters involving physicians and hospitals across the United States. He has testified several times in the past 5 years.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Physician Credentialing
    • Physician Peer Review
    • Negligent Credentialing
    • Negligent Peer Review
    • Patient Safety
    • Healthcare Quality
  • Performance Improvement
  • Fair / Judicial Hearings
  • Medical Staff Affairs
  • Medical Conflicts of Interest
  • Physician Integration / Alignment
  • Physician Conduct
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    Excelsior Legal Nurse Consulting
    Elizabeth D'Alesio
    12 Mowry St.
    Mendon MA 01756
    USA
    phone: 508-561-2021

    Ms. Elizabeth D'Alesio has 30 years experience in ICU, including Medical, Surgical and Acute Care. She is ICU certified. She has managed the ICU and telemetry floor which includes bed monitoring. Ms. D'Alesio has also been involved with creating policy/procedure to meet JACHO requirements as well as ongoing recruiting of new ICU staff. She has served on the ethics committee for four years while in management.

    Ms. D'Alesio is currently employed at the Reproductive Science Center of Milford and Milford Regional Medical Center where she administers Conscious Sedation, assists physicians with pacemakers, arteriograms and picc lines for septic patients.She currently holds certifications as and Adult Nurse Practitioner and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner,and has recently completed the Kaplan Life Care Planning Course.

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    Sasha M. Demos, MD, PhD
    Naperville IL USA
    phone: 630-373-2585
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    Sasha M. Demos, MD, PhD, is a Board Certified Anesthesiologist and Chairman of the Department of Anesthesia at Edward Hospital in the Chicago area. With a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago, she focused on the areas of Drug Delivery Systems and Ultrasonic Imaging.

    Prior to her appointment as Chair, Dr. Demos served as Director of Obstetrical Anesthesia and was a member of the pediatric anesthesia team for many years. She has authored multiple manuscripts in the areas of liposomes, ultrasound contrast agents, and targeted therapies, and has a patent for her research and development of Acoustically Reflective Liposomes for Tissue Specific Ultrasonic Enhancement. She currently holds an appointment as Adjunct Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Airway Management
    • Failed Intubation
    • Epidural and Spinal Anesthesia
    • Obstetrical Anesthesia
    • General Anesthesia
    • Regional Anesthesia
  • Ambulatory Anesthesia
  • Surgical Fires
  • Drug Errors
  • Positioning Injuries
  • Intraoperative and Postoperative Complications
  • Sedation Complications Outside of the OR
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    William L. Duncan, Jr., MD, FACS
    MS
    USA
    phone: 1-844-843-4733
    fax: 1-844-843-4733
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    William L. Duncan, Jr., MD, FACS, is a Board Certified Urologist and available as an expert witness and consultant involving Urology, its diseases, treatments, and complications. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Urology and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

    After 5 years in private practice with Southwest Urology Clinic in McComb, MS, Dr. Duncan opened his own practice, Duncan Urology, PLLC, in 2014. He currently serves on the Executive Committee at Southwest Regional Medical Center and is the President of the Association of Mississippi Urologists.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Duncan practices evidence-based medicine and provides objective evidence to support his opinions. He can assist with both plaintiff and defense matters. Dr. Duncan's services include medical record review for causation and standard of care, written reports, depositions, and trial testimony as needed.

    Dr. Duncan has particular expertise in Robotic and Laparoscopic cases. As a leader in sacral neuromodulation (Interstim device), he has unique experience with its indications, surgical technique, and potential complications. Dr. Duncan has additional expertise involving wound issues, skin issues, and skin breakdown related to urine exposure and urine catheter issues seen in nursing homes, hospitals, and other short and long-term care facilities. He also is available as an expert and consults on vaginal mesh and pelvic mesh cases.

    Specific Areas of Expertise:
    • Surgical Standard of Care
    • Vasectomy / Vasectomy Reversal Complications
    • Nursing Home / Urine Exposure
    • Penile Implant Complications
    • Vaginal Mesh
    • Pelvic Mesh
    • Pelvic Pain
    • Dyspareunia Painful Intercourse
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Interstim
  • Sacral Nerve Stimulator
  • Urologic Robotic Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Complications
  • Pelvic Prolapse
  • Cystocele
  • Rectocele
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