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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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    Ronald L. Teed MD PC
    Ronald L. Teed, MD
    Orthopedic Surgeon
    425 SE Baseline
    Hillsboro OR 97123
    USA
    phone: 503-681-9676
    fax: 503-615-0434
    Cascade Orthopedic Surgery is committed to excellence by pledging to provide the highest quality of orthopedic care possible. Along with the treatment of immediate or chronic problems, they strive to integrate the doctrine of prevention in all treatment plans as a way to alleviate possible future difficulties.

    Principal, Ronald L. Teed, MD, is a Diplomat, American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons and has approximately 25 years of experience. In private practice for over 15 years (providing both clinical and surgical Orthopedic care), he currently has hospital privileges at Tuality Community Hospital, Tillamook County General Hospital, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, and Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital. Dr. Teed has over 2 years experience in performing Independent Medical Examinations for various companies and employers. In that time, he has completed over 1000 reports.

    Background - A Commander in the US Naval Reserves, Dr. Teed's orthopedic practice covered all land, ship, and special forces military personnel and their families in the southern European, Mediterranean and Southeast Asian military theater. His tasks included setting up, maintaining and operating a new orthopedic facility. Dr. Teed has also served as a Clinical Adjunct Professor of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Teed provides litigation support services to attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense. He is available to review medical records and opine on issues of causation.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • General Orthopedics
    • Total Joint Replacement
    • Sports Medicine
    • Feet
    • Ankles
  • Hands
  • Hips
  • Knees
  • Shoulder
  • Spine
  • Currently licensed in: Oregon, Washington, Montana, Alaska and Hawaii
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    2245 Texas Drive
    Suite 300
    Sugar Land TX, MS 77479
    USA
    phone: 979-282-2786
    fax: 979-282-2830
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    Stephen J. Ringel, MD, PA, is Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery. With over 30 years of practical experience, Dr. Ringel has a special interest in non-surgical management of lower back problems. He also specializes in Bone, Joint, Muscular, Spine, and Peripheral Nerve problems.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Ringel offers expert witness services for cases involving work-related injuries. His services include impairment evaluations, independent medical evaluations (IMEs), medical record review, and peer review for worker's compensation.

    Dr. Ringel performs medical evaluations and impairment ratings for insurance companies and individuals in Amarillo, Bay City, Borger, Dumas, El Campo, Houston, Plainview, and Wharton.

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    Dora Mancias, Legal Services Project Manager
    3755 South Capitol of Texas Highway Suite 160
    Austin TX 78704
    USA
    phone: 512-689-6879 (Dora) 512-970-5281 (Dr. Race)
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    J Clark Race Orthopedic Surgery Expert PhotoJ. Clark Race, MD, is Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Race has extensive experience and knowledge in the diagnosis and treatment of all orthopedic and musculoskeletal conditions. He has practiced orthopedics in Austin, TX for over 30 years.

    Dr. Race received his medical degree from the University of Texas at Galveston and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Dallas, Texas. He was named one of America's Top Orthopedists in 2010 by Consumer's Research Council of America, as well as one of the Leading Physicians of the World by the International Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Race has been providing consulting / expert witness services to the legal and insurance industries for 30 years. He is currently an Orthopedic Consultant for the Texas Department of Rehabilitative Services and a Certified Designated Doctor for the Texas Department of Insurance, Workers Compensation Division.

    Dr. Race has extensive knowledge of the application of evidence-based guidelines. His expertise is available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defense. He has been deposed and/or testified over 50 times. Dr. Race's services include Independent Medical Exams (IMEs), Medical Record Reviews of all orthopedic conditions, Maximum Medical Improvement / Impairment Exams, Orthopedic Rehabilitation Planning, and Disability Evaluations.

    Dr. Race has expertise in the treatment of numerous orthopedic problems, including fractures, traumatic injuries, reconstructive surgery, and common problems of the:
    • Neck
    • Back
    • Shoulder
    • Elbow
    • Wrist
  • Hands
  • Hips
  • Knees
  • Ankles
  • Feet
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    Neal C. Small, MD
    5941 Club Oaks Drive
    Dallas TX 75248
    USA
    phone: 214-414-9447
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    Orthopedic Expert Services, LLC. provides exclusive consultative services for the legal profession, the insurance industry and the health care industry.

    Principal, Neal C. Small, MD, is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon with over 35 years of clinical experience treating orthopedic injuries and spinal disorders. He has performed over 17,000 orthopedic and spine surgical procedures and has the experience and knowledge to be a credible expert in virtually any orthopedic or spine case.

    Dr. Small is Certified by The American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, and a Member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America. He has also served as a Past President of the Arthroscopy Association of North America. Dr. Small has published over twenty articles on various orthopedic topics in refereed orthopedic journals and textbooks.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Small has extensive forensic experience, serving as an expert on hundreds of cases and having been deposed numerous times. He has never faced a Daubert challenge. Dr. Small is licensed to practice in Texas, Oklahoma, and Idaho. He has provided opinions within reasonable degrees of medical probability or medical certainty on issues concerning Causation, Usual and Customary Medical or Surgical Treatment, Usual and Customary Expenses, Future Medical or Surgical Needs, and Anticipated Expenses.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Arthroscopic Surgery
    • Spine Care
    • Disability Evaluations
    • IMEs
    • Fractures
  • Total Joint Replacement
  • Spinal Trauma
  • Sports Medicine
  • Shoulder
  • Knee / Lower Extremity
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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
  • 7/13/2018 · Medical
    The trend of using smaller operative corridors is seen in various surgical specialties. Neurosurgery has also recently embraced minimal access spine technique, and it has rapidly evolved over the past 2 decades. There has been a progression from needle access, small incisions with adaptation of the microscope, and automated percutaneous procedures to endoscopically and laparoscopically assisted procedures. More recently, new muscle-sparing technology has come into use with tubular access. This has now been adapted to the percutaneous placement of spinal instrumentation, including intervertebral spacers, rods, pedicle screws, facet screws, nucleus replacement devices, and artificial discs. New technologies involving hybrid procedures for the treatment of complex spine trauma are now on the horizon. Surgical corridors have been developed utilizing the interspinous space for X-STOP placement to treat lumbar stenosis in a minimally invasive fashion. The direct lateral retroperitoneal corridor has allowed for minimally invasive access to the anterior spine.

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    Administrator
    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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    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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    Spinal Neurosurgeon
    1401 Captains Way
    Jupiter FL 33477
    USA
    phone: 707 328-3576
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    Edward Eyster Neurosurgery Expert PhotoEdward Fletcher Eyster, MD has over 40 years of experience as a Neurological Surgeon. Certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons, and licensed in California and Florida, he has been active both locally and nationally.

    Dr. Eyster has held multiple positions with the American Association of Neurosurgery, Congress of Neurological Surgery, the Southern NS Society, the Florida NS society, and the Neurosurgical society of America. He has extensive experience with neuro-surgical device development and patent work.

    Dr. Eyster has done over 9,000 procedures including trauma to the brain and spine as well as neoplasms of the brain and spine. He has extensive experience with degenerative diseases of the spine, including:
    • Herniated Discs
    • Infections of the Spine
    • Osteoporosis and Compression Fractures
    • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Tumors
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Litigation Support - For the past 10 years, Dr. Eyster has done over 500 IMEs for civil cases, both defense and plaintiff. He has testified as neurological and spinal expert multiple times and served as an expert for peer review. Dr. Eyster's experience also includes numerous medical malpractice / professional negligence cases. He has been a neurosurgical expert for the California Board of Medicine as well as Florida Department of professional regulations.
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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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    Clive M. Segil, MD, FACS, FRCS
    17777 Ventura Blvd suite 230
    Encino
    Los Angeles CA 91316
    USA
    phone: 818-342-5490
    fax: 818 342 5412
    Clive M. Segil, MD, FACS, FRCS is an internationally renowned Orthopedic Surgeon with 45 years of experience in the management of Musculoskeletal Disorders. He practices orthopedic surgery, treating all orthopedic conditions.

    Dr. Segil is on the staff of Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre, St Johns Hospital Medical Centre, Valley Presbyterian Hospital.

    He is in active practice in the Los Angeles, with offices in Century City, Encino, Lawndale, Glendale, Lancaster, Pomona. He is a past assistant clinical professor of orthopedics at the University of Southern California School of Medicine and a past Clinical Chief of Orthopedics at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

    Dr. Segil completely understands the forensic system, is comfortable and confident in presentation and trial appearance, and is not intimidated by court proceedings. He has experience in all aspects of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is familiar with the new changes in the Workers' Compensation arena, including using the AMA guidelines, the ACOEM guidelines, and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery guidelines for spine problems.

    Dr. Segil testifies for defense and plaintiff cases with an unbiased, erudite, understandable, and logical argument to support the facts and evidence. He has provided unbiased, detailed, ratable, and credible reports concerning injured workers and has given an honest opinion as to their condition, causation, prognosis, disability, and apportionment in a precise organized manner.

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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