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W Bradford DeLong
Diplomate, American Board of Neurological Surgery
PO Box 662
Orofino ID 83544
USA
phone: 208-476-4676
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W. Bradford DeLong, MD, is a board certified Neurosurgeon with over 30 years in practice. His long clinical career included training at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, service as a neurosurgeon in the US Air Force during the Viet Nam War, and a clinical faculty position in the Department of Neurosurgery at UCSF in San Francisco,

Dr. DeLong retired from clinical practice in 2000, and has spent his professional time since then practicing forensic medicine and researching Cauda Equina Syndrome. He developed a seminal meta-analysis on the timing of surgery in CES, published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, 2008. His work continues in this area with further articles to be published soon.

Dr. DeLong is especially interested in recent research in Cauda Equina Syndrome from a herniated disc that points to the compelling conclusion that CES can be recognized early, before the bladder has become completely paralyzed, when the odds of a complete recovery from surgery are considerably improved, in contrast to deteriorating odds of recovery if surgery is delayed until bladder paralysis is complete.

Litigation Support - An internationally recognized forensic scholar in Cauda Equina Syndrome, Dr. DeLong offers objective advice and analysis for both plaintiff and defense. He is highly experienced in issues of standard of care and causation. He applies high analytical standards to the cases he reviews and is experienced in scholarly medical literature review and in the preparation and presentation of trial exhibits.

Dr. DeLong's services include scholarly medical literature review, second opinions, case review, exhibit development, non-testifying consultant, and expert testimony.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Spinal Surgery
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Spinal Injury/ Spinal Trauma
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Disc Herniation
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Neurosurgical Medical Malpractice
  • Neurosurgical Risk Management
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    Jeffrey H. Oppenheimer, MD
    854 Azalea Street
    Boca Raton FL 33486
    USA
    phone: 866-659-8051 (Office) 503-706-8272 (Cell)
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    Jeffrey H. Oppenheimer, MD is an actively-practicing board-certified Neurosurgeon with 27 years of experience. He founded and presently practices at Neurosurgery Medical Associates in Coral Springs, Florida. Dr. Oppenheimer is also on the faculty at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine, and holds medical licenses in several states.

    Dr. Oppenheimer received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine, where he also obtained an MS with distinction in Physiology and Biophysics. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Neurobiology and Behavior cum laude, from Cornell University. Dr. Oppenheimer completed his residency training at the University of Southern California-Los Angeles County Hospital. He has published numerous journal articles and textbook chapters in the field of neurosurgery. Multilingual, he is fluent in English, German, and Spanish.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Oppenheimer is a seasoned expert witness with significant testifying experience. He has provided expert consultation for both plaintiff and defense in a variety of cases, including personal injury, medical malpractice (standard of care and causation), and worker’s compensation (IMEs).

    Dr. Oppenheimer has offered litigation support services for 18 years. A seasoned deponent with both trial and deposition experience, he has excellent communication skills and a caring personality. He has testified as an expert in court or before an arbiter 20 times. Dr. Oppenheimer's services include IMEs, medical record review, conferences, and court and pretrial testimony.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Neurosurgery
    • Spine Surgery
    • Laminectomy
    • Laminoplasty
    • Artificial Disc Replacement
    • Spinal Fusion
    • Total Brain Injury
  • Brain Tumor
  • Spinal Instrumentation
  • BMP
  • Infuse Bone Graft
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Neurosurgery Wrongful Death
  • Neurosurgery Medical Malpractice
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    6555 Coyle Avenue, Suite 235
    Carmichael CA 95608
    USA
    phone: 800-403-1647 or 916-863-7301
    fax: 916-863-7206
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    MRK Medical Consultants provides Medical-Legal Evaluations to help legal and insurance professionals reach appropriate conclusions about their client's situations. MRK provides a wide array of medical experts that offer objective review and analysis of personal injuries. Each stage of the process—research to review, analysis to opinion—is addressed in a comprehensive manner in order to help legal and insurance professionals reach appropriate conclusions about their client’s situations. MRK has over forty board certified physician specialists and many with subspecialty certifications. MRK provides physician experts to the entire State of California, the Reno/Lake Tahoe area and Las Vegas, and we travel to many areas of the United States. Physical therapy, registered nurses, physician assistant and billing review consultants are available services MRK provides. Oncall MD's in office daily to discuss your needs if you are unsure of what expert you need.

    Dr. Edward YoungerEdward W. Younger, III, M.D., Medical Director of MRK Medical Consultants, specializes in Orthopedic Surgery. He has extensive experience in total joint replacement, as well as reconstructive surgery of the knee, hip and shoulder. He was instrumental in bringing computer navigation technology to his hospital. He has served on the orthopedic trauma staff at Mercy San Juan Medical Center and serves on the Medical Executive Committee at Mercy San Juan. He is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Society and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, a member of the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the California Orthopedic Association.


    Dr. Michael KleinDr. Michael R. Klein, Jr., M.D., specializes in Orthopedic Surgery and is a founding member and the first Medical Director of Northern California Orthopedic Centers. He is a senior member of the medical staff at Mercy San Juan Medical Center and was involved with the development of the orthopedic section of the Level II Trauma Center.

    Dr. Klein is a clinical instructor at University of California, Davis, Medical Center, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and a member of the American Medical Association and the California Medical Association.

    MRK's Areas of Expertise:
  • Orthopedics
  • Neurosurgery / Neurology
  • Rheumatology
  • General surgery / trauma
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Geriatrics
  • Sports Medicine
  • RN
  • Physical Therapy
  • Chiropractic Orthopedics
  • Neuropsychology
  • Podiatry
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Family Practice Anesthesiology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Optometry
  • Urology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Critical care
  • Otolaryngology
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    New York NY USA
    phone: 917-373-8523
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    Alexander E. Merkler, MD, is board certified in Neurology, Psychiatry and Neurocritical Care and an expert in Stroke and Acute Brain Injury.

    Dr. Merkler earned his medical degree from New York University where he received the prestigious Rosenbluth Grant for international laboratory research. He completed residency in neurology at the Weill Cornell Medical College and served as the Chief Resident in his final year. He then completed a two-year fellowship in neurocritical care at Columbia University / Weill Cornell Medical College.

    Dr. Merkler has published numerous studies on stroke, infectious disease of the nervous system, subdural hematoma, intracerebral hemorrhage, and subarachnoid hemorrhage. His work has been published in high impact peer-reviewed journals including Neurology, Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, Stroke, and Neurocritical Care.

    Dr. Merkler currently serves as an assistant professor of neuroscience in the Brain and Mind Research Institute and assistant professor of neurology at Weill Cornell Medical College. His research is focused on stroke, traumatic brain injury, seizures, and infectious diseases of the nervous system including meningitis.

    Litigation Support - An experienced expert witness for medical malpractice cases and personal injury, Dr. Merkler's services are available to attorneys representing both plaintiff and defendant. He is available for medical record review, written reports, depositions, and trial testimony as needed.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Stroke
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Concussion
    • Epilepsy
    • Intracerebral Hemorrhage
    • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
    • Seizures
    • Brain Tumors
    • Coma
    • Neurologic Disability
  • Brain Death
  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Nerve Injury
  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome
  • Neurocritical Care
  • Falls
  • Meningitis
  • Encephalitis
  • tPA
  • Nervous System Infectious Disease
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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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    301 W. Platt Street, #419
    Tampa FL 33606
    USA
    phone: Cell: 813-598-3474. Scheduler: 813-810-7010
    fax: 813-221-3475
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    Larry Fishman, MD, PA, is a Board Certified Neurosurgeon with more than 22 years of experience. A Mayo Clinic-trained neurosurgeon, specializes in minimally invasive surgery, including carpal tunnel, spinal, and cranial procedures. He is associated with Brandon Regional Hospital, Tampa General Hospital, South Bay Hospital, Memorial Hospital, and South Florida Baptist Hospital.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Fishman performs CME's and IME's, disability evaluation, permanent impairment rating, future care costs, and determines medical appropriateness of care to date. He performs medical record review, as well as other medical legal issues. Dr. Fishman's services are available to counsel for both plaintiff and defendant.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Neurosurgery
    • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • Disability
    • Head & Neck Surgery
    • Hydrocephalus
  • Spinal Procedures
  • Health / Medical / Disability Insurance
  • Neuroimaging
  • Independent Medical Examinations (IME)
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Medical Record Review
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    Dr. Beatrice C. Engstrand, MD, FAAN, FACGS, hon. Sc. D
    272 Huntington Bay Road
    Huntington NY 11743
    USA
    phone: 631-423-2100
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    Beatrice C. Engstrand, MD, FAAN, FACGS, hon.ScD is a board-certified Neurologist, fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and Assistant Professor of Neurology at New York Medical College.

    Dr. Engstrand is a published author and the founder and president of the Neurodegenerative Disease Foundation. The author of the book, The Gift of Healing, she received the Quality Compassion Service Award in recognition of 25 years of service from Westchester Medical Center. In recognition of her outstanding achievements, Lehigh University awarded her an Honorary Doctor of Science. She is fluent in both English and Spanish.

    Dr. Engstrand practices clinical neurology in Huntington, Long Island, is president of the Neurodegenerative Disease Foundation, and is a recognized expert in her field. She is also a Fellow in The American College of Geriatrics Specialists and Diplomate of The American Board of Ethical Physicians.

    She hosted “Neurology with Dr. Engstrand” on radio 710 WOR for 7 consecutive years. In addition, she hosts a talk show at www.podjockey.com. Doctor Engstrand has been selected to “Frontier Fifty” – A collection of outstanding media talk radio broadcasts and appeared on such media outlets as MSNBC and FOX News.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Engstrand is a national and an international Neurology Expert Witness. She has served on cases with multimillion dollar verdicts for plaintiffs and multimillions of dollars saved for the defense. Her services include medical record review for causation and medical malpractice, written reports, depositions, and expert testimony when necessary.

    Areas of Expertise
    • Adult ADHD
    • Alzheimer’s Disease
    • Dementia
    • Brain Injury
    • Trauma
    • Lyme Disease
    • Stroke and TIA
    • Closed Head Injury
    • Back Pain
    • Neck Pain
    • Myofascial Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Personal Injury
  • Environmental Toxins
  • Cerebral Anoxia
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Migraine Headache
  • Trip and Falls
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Whiplash
  • Epilepsy
  • Beatrice C. Engstrand, MD, FAAN
    In this moving testament to the powers of faith and a belief in "positive imaging," Engstrand describes her odyssey of pain that began when she was 20, and a student at the Medical College of Pennsylvania. After the discovery of a malignancy in the roof of her mouth, she underwent massive facial surgery that left her impaired and mutilated as well as depressed. Yet shortly after the surgery she was back in medical school, from which she graduated in 1984, all the while undergoing torturous rehabilitation therapy and prosthesis adjustment.
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    6340 N. Campbell Avenue - Suite 200
    Tucson AZ 85718
    USA
    phone: 877-670-8625
    fax: 888-315-5705
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    Elite Medical Experts works with attorneys to provide 100% Board-Certified physicians and surgeons practicing at the professorial level at the nation's leading universities. From Stanford to Yale, and from every medical and surgical specialty, Elite secures fulltime practicing high-level experts from the nation’s most respected medical institutions. Each specialist is truly unique – a Board Certified professor with a dedicated clinical practice, extensive publications, and top-tier credentials from a major U.S. medical center. When an Elite expert aligns with your case, you have a powerful voice – ready to testify – on your side.

    Elite offers:
    • Immediate access to top-tier university physicians and surgeons.
    • Cost-effective case analysis on a flat-fee basis.
    • Panels of expert witnesses for complex cases.
    • Independent Medical Examinations (IME) within a favorable radius of any location
    To minimize expense, Elite charges a single flat fee for the expert’s initial case review and oral opinion. If the case is non-meritorious, your firm's out-of-pocket expenses are capped. If the case moves forward, then all of our experts utilize standardized terms and fees. Elite remains available to streamline communications, provide strategic support, and handle the details.  Experts are hand-selected within 14 days and will review records and offer independent opinions shortly thereafter.

    Please visit our web site. You also are welcome to call us.  You'll speak directly with a physician and there is never a charge to discuss your case.

    We welcome the opportunity to work with you on your next case.

    Dr. Burton Bentley II, M.D., FAAEM
    President, ELITE MEDICAL EXPERTS, LLC.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Anesthesiology
    • Bariatric Surgery
    • Cardiology
    • Cardiothoracic Surgery
    • Critical Care
    • Dermatology
    • Ears, nose & throat (Otolaryngology)
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Endocrinology
    • Epidemiology
    • Family Medicine
    • Gastroenterology
    • General Surgery
    • Gerontology
    • Gynecologic Oncology
    • Gynecology
    • Hand Surgery
    • Hospital medicine (Hospitalist)
    • Infectious Disease
    • Intensive Care (ICU) Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
    • Interventional Radiology
    • Laparoscopic Surgery
    • Maternal Fetal Medicine
    • Neonatology
    • Nephrology
    • Neurology
    • Neurosurgery
    • Obstetrics
    • Oncology
    • Ophthalmology
    • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
    • Orthodontics
    • Orthopaedic Surgery
    • Pathology
    • Pediatrics
    • Perinatology
    • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PMR)
    • Podiatry
    • Psychiatry
    • Pulmonology
    • Radiology
    • Rheumatology
    • Sports Medicine
    • Toxicology
    • Urology
    • Vascular Surgery
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    James P. Argires, MD, FACS, FAANS
    233 College Avenue
    Suite 301
    Lancaster PA 17602
    USA
    phone: (717) 394-4637
    fax: (717) 842-3634 (efax)
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    James Argires Neurosurgical Spine Expert PhotoJames P. Argires, MD, FACS, FAANS, is a Neurosurgical and Spine Specialist with over 47 years of experience treating brain tumors, aneurysms, metastatic disease, and other brain disorders through accurate diagnosis, precision medical procedures, and effective rehabilitation.

    Dr. Argires' expertise is in diagnosing brain and spine injury through comprehensive neurological exams that include advanced diagnostic imaging such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computer Tomography (CT), and Arteriogram.

    Background - Dr. Argires is a Graduate of the University of Alabama Medical School. He is a Member of the American Board of Neurological Surgeons, Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and Past President of the PA State Neurosurgery Society and Mid- Atlantic Neurosurgery Society. Dr. Argires is currently on staff at Lancaster General Hospital, Lancaster Regional Medical Center, and WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Argires provides expert witness services to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant. His services include Independent Medical Examinations (IMEs), Medical Reviews, Narrative Reports, objective opinions, deposition, and trial testimony when necessary. His services encompass all phases of the medicolegal process, including evaluating whether the standard of care was met or breached, testifying in court, or assessing damages based on negligence and resulting injury.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Brain Tumors
    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • Brain Lesions
    • Nerve Surgery
    • Spine Pain
    • Brain Aneurysm
    • Carotid Artery Blockage
  • Metastatic Disease
  • Pituitary Tumors
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Arteriovenous Malformation
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Intracerebral Hemorrhage
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    Joseph Hlavin
    Neurosurgery Physician Assistant
    17336 Makawee Ct
    College Station Texas 77845
    United States
    phone: 9792043103
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    Joseph A. Hlavin, PhD, PA-C has 27 years of surgical experience as a Physician Assistant in Neurological Surgery. Dr. Hlavin originally became NCCPA board certified as a Physician Assistant in 1992 and re-certified in 1998, 2004, 2010, and 2015. He has held licensure in both the state of Michigan and the state of Oklahoma. He is presently licensed in the state of Texas.

    Dr. Hlavin has been in the practice of neurosurgery since 1991. He has been involved in the training of physician assistants enrolled at the University of Oklahoma and Grand Valley State University in Michigan as a clinical preceptor. He is currently a Clinical Instructor for the TAMHSC College of Medicine and the Founding Program Director of the developing PA program at Texas A&M University College of Medicine. He continues as the director for the Texas A&M Health Science Center Postgraduate Physician Assistant Residency in Neurosurgery and precepts physician assistant students from both national and state PA graduate programs.

    Dr. Hlavin has held several appointments:
    • Physician Assistant liaison to Membership Committee, American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)
    • Physician Assistant liaison to Scientific Program Committee of the AANS
    • Physician Assistant liaison to the Executive Committee, Joint section of Neurotrauma and Critical Care
    • President of the Association of Neurosurgical Physician Assistants (ANSPA)
    Dr. Hlavin is a veteran of the United States Navy receiving an honorable discharged in 1990 after serving over 6 years as a hospital corpsman. He was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and ribbons for service overseas and Meritorious Unit Commendation.

    Litigation Support - Joseph A. Hlavin, PhD, PA-C has experience as an expert witness on several cases regarding postoperative complications in spine surgery. His services are available to counsel representing Plaintiff and Defendant and include medical record review, written reports, depositions, and trial testimony.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Surgical Assistant
    • Surgical First Assistant
    • Neurology
    • Spinal Surgery
    • Brain Surgery
  • Postoperative Spine Complications
  • Neurological Surgery Malpractice
  • Spinal Surgery Malpractice
  • Traumatic Brain Stem Injury (TBI / TBSI)
  • Neuro Oncology