Dr. Adhia is triple-Board-Certified in Psychiatry, Brain Injury Medicine and Forensic Psychiatry. In addition to forensic/expert witness practice, Dr. Adhia is Medical Director of PACE Mental Health Clinic in the Houston area. His forensic practice focuses on the psychiatric impact of personal injury, medical-malpractice, drug and alcohol abuse, sexual abuse, competency, violence, and complicating mental illness, as well as psychiatric disability. Dr. Adhia is among one of the few Forensic Psychiatrists who is also Board-Certified in Brain Injury Medicine. Often, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) can be a major factor in litigation as it can result in psychiatric or neurocognitive impairments. He has expertise in psychopharmacology, the medicine of medication. In addition, Dr. Adhia works with Physicians for Human Rights to assess victims of kidnapping and false imprisonment, human trafficking, undue influence, physical and sexual abuse, rape, and fear of imminent death. In all populations, he assesses PTSD, Anxiety, Depressive Disorders, risk of suicide, and malingering. He is experienced in treatment and impact of drug and alcohol abuse on decision-making. Dr. Adhia has also treated severe psychosis (Schizophrenia, hallucinations) and psychopathology. Prior to his work at PACE, Dr. Adhia was formerly treating patients at a Maximum Security Prison and and prison psychiatric hospital.
Dr. Adhia’s findings consider complicating factors, such as emotional distress worsened by other active physcial and mental conditions. Other factors are pre-existing mental and physical illness, competency and capacity (e.g. dementia, Intellectual Disability.) As a physician, Dr. Adhia is uniquely qualified to review medical records and doctor reports. Institutional medicine, medical malpractice, and standard of care apply to both public and private facilities, including government regulated correctional institutions and psychiatric hospitals. Dr. Adhia is skilled in these med-legal issues. Dr. Adhia conducts Independent Medical Examinations, review of records, and reports his med-legal findings and opinions. He is available to testify in civil, criminal, probate, Federal, Immigration and administrative jurisdictions.
Anger Problems / Anger Management Anxiety - Generalised Anxiety Disorder with or without Panic Attacks Health Anxiety / Hypochondriasis Simple and Complex Phobias - Dental, Driving, Social, etc. Bipolar Disorder Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Depression and Recurrent Depression Excessive Drinking Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Adult ADHD Eating Disorders - Overeating / Bulemia
Prof. Vernon M. Neppe - Pacific Neuropsychiatric Institute
Dr. Neppe explains his expertise and practice.
Case Experience Includes:
Increased quality and integrity of written expert reports, based on an expanded knowledge base Time savings by only having to coordinate and discuss a case with one expert as opposed to two or more Since there is so much overlap between fields in the medical profession it is often hard to determine where one scope ends and another begins. This ambiguity is dramatically decreased , and scope increased by combining physician, pharmacist, and pharmacologist into one Communication skills of a pharmacist and experience dealing directly with the lay-public, in addition to the knowledge and background of a physician is extremely beneficial describing technical details to a jury Practicing in different realms within the healthcare field has allowed Dr. Lee to integrate the multiple facets giving him a unique and distinct perspective that no other expert has
Criminal and Civil Cases Anaphylactic Reactions Overdosel Wrongful Death Cardiac Arrest Respiratory Arrest Fentanyl Overdose Dilaudid Overdose Pharmacist Mis-Fills Pharmacist Dispensing Errors Pharmacy Standard of Care Medication Adverse Effects Falls Related to Medications (in and out of hospital) Toxicology/Toxic Reactions Medical Marijuana Positive Drug Screens in the Workplace Workplace Safety Fit for Duty Testing
Motor Vehicle Accident Death of Parent Parental Loss Loss of Consortium Burn Injuries Suicide Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury Forensic Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Child Sexual Abuse Child Abuse Child Custody Disputes Spousal Abuse Elder Abuse Employee Harassment Employee Discrimination Race Discrimination Gender Discrimination Ethnic Discrimination Accommodation ADA FEHA Wrongful Termination Effects of Stress Standard of Care Psychiatric Malpractice Boundary Violations Wrongful Death Prescribing Psychiatric Medication Stress Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Class Action Mass Torts Toxic Torts Asbestos Mold Damp Buildings TCE Exposure Malingering Factitious Disorder Somatization Disorders Subjective Disorders Stalking Competency Testamentary Capacity Undue Influence Will Contest Psychological Testing Neuropsychological Testing Psychology Psychologist Neuropsychology Neuropsychologist Neuropsychiatrist Head Injury Traumatic Brain Injury Cognitive Impairment Neurocognitive Assessment
Specialties & Experience
General Specialties: Psychiatry, Telepsychiatry, TeleHealth, Correctional Healthcare
Specialty Focus: Prisons & Jails, Wrongful Death, Suicide, Deliberate Indifference, Medical Malpractice, Gross Negligence, Addiction, Nursing Homes, Geriatric Psychiatry, Violence, Telepsychiatry, Overdose, Involuntary Hospitalization
Education: MD, Northwestern University; Residency, Psychiatry, University of Cincinnati; Fellowship, Child/Adolescent, University of Cincinnati
Years in Practice: 30+
Expertise: Specializing in applications of clinical psychiatry to legal issues in civil and criminal matters at the interface of Psychiatry and the Law. Has served as an evaluator or expert witness in about three hundred cases in State and Federal courts in matters relating to:
Professional Background: Certified by ABPN in Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Psychiatry and Law Program at MCP Hahanemann University. Director of Psychiatry & Law Program and Director of Correctional Mental Health Services Program/Provider of Mental Health Services for the City of Philadelphia Prison System. Formerly Director of Psychiatry & Law Program at the Medical College of Virginia. M.D. Degree -University of Massachusetts. Psychiatry Residency & Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship -Tulane University Medical Center.
UCLA-trained double-boarded psychiatrist (adult and child & adolescent psychiatry) in active clinical practice. Experienced in academic psychiatry, community mental health, inpatient psychiatry, residential treatment, incarcerated juvenile treatment, and private practice outpatient care. Lived and worked in Europe, Asia, and Central America--proficient in Japanese, Spanish, and French. One year of public school teaching experience. Undergraduate education in classical music, history, and literature. Experienced in medical-legal consultation for medical record review and deposition preparation, as well as expert witness testimony for child and adult emotional injury cases, representing both plaintiff and defense. Private practice in Los Angeles specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry since 2013. Candidate in adult psychoanalysis since 2012 at the Psychoanalytic Center of California (PCC). Taught seminars at both the PCC and the Maple Counseling Center, focusing on the integration of medication treatment and psychotherapy.
2013-Present Adult, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatry Private Practice
2012-2014 Staff Psychiatrist LA County DMH
2010-2012 Staff Psychiatrist Pacific Hospital
2010 Staff Psychiatrist St. Elizabeth Hospital
2012 Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Harbor-UCLA
2010 Adult Psychiatry Residency University of Cincinnati
2007 MD Medical College of Wisconsin
1995 BA University of California Berkeley, First Honors
Board certified in Adult Psychiatry
Board certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Qualified Medical Examiner (QME) for State of California DWC
Richard M. Sobel, MD, DFAPA, has over 30 years of experience practicing Adult Psychiatry and Pain Management / Medicine. His specialty focus is in Pain Medicine, for which he has sub-specialty board certification, Psychotherapy, and Psychopharmacology. Dr. Sobel is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Jefferson Medical School. A Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Dr. Sobel is immediate Past President and continues to serve on the board of the Greater Philadelphia Pain Society, one of six regional chapters of the American Pain Society. He is a Representative of the Pennsylvania Psychiatry Society to the Safe and Effective Prescribing Practices and Pain Management Work Group of the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. In 2014, Dr. Sobel was the recipient of the Dean's Award for Excellence in Education at Jefferson Medical College and, in 2013, was nominated Practitioner of the Year by the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society. Litigation Support - Dr. Sobel offers expert witness services to counsel representing both plaintiff and defendant. Dr. Sobel's services include Independent Medical Exams (IMEs), medical record review, utilization review, written reports, depositions, and trial testimony as needed. Areas of Expertise: