Tracy L. Skaer, PharmD, FASHP, FASCP is a Professor Emeritus of Pharmacotherapy with over 30 years of pharmaceutical experience. Dr. Skaer's research and professional experience include pharmacy practice, chronic pain, mental health, substance abuse, and complementary and alternative medicine. She is licensed pharmacist in California, Idaho, and Washington.
Dr. Skaer’s current research involves the use of mindfulness and multiple family group problem solving for the Treatment of Chronic Pain in those with high risk of Opioid Use. Her plans are to expand this intervention to manage chronic insomnia and post-traumatic stress disorder in children and adolescents, American Indians, veterans, and other populations. Other 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.
Dr. Skaer has published 110 professional abstracts, 82 research papers, 43 review articles, and 6 book chapters. She serves on the editorial boards of 3 medical professional journals, Clinical Therapeutics, Journal of Sleep Medicine and Disorders, and Pain Studies and Treatment. Dr. Skaer's publications have appeared in numerous journals including, Drugs, Clinical Drug Investigation, PharmacoEconomics, Journal of Clinical Pharmacy & Therapeutics, American Journal of Medicine, Harvard Review of Psychiatry, and the New England Journal of Medicine among others.
Mohan Nair, MD, trained at the University of California (Irvine) and Harvard and is board certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties in:
Dr. Nair brings his extensive training, clinical experience, and formal board certifications to provide in-depth and nuanced medico-legal analysis of cases for both adults and children involving brain injury, frequently and tragically combined with chronic pain and severe psychological trauma (PTSD). He is committed to comprehensive and accurate forensic examinations, quality neuropsychological assessment, and use of the most up to date technology available in the field. Litigation Support - Dr. Nair has provided extensive trial testimony in defense and plaintiffs cases. With cases primarily involving Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, he provides and coordinates medical, psychological, neuropsychological, toxicological, and imaging experts for complex civil litigation.
Dr. Nair is familiar with the milieu of the courtroom and its adversarial nature that can be intimidating for non-forensic scientists. He will provide timely and jargon free IME reports when needed and prepare for and withstand forceful cross examinations. He provides the full spectrum expert witness services for personal injury/civil litigation, criminal cases, private disability, medical board investigations, and employment litigation, including confidential consultations, record reviews, litigation support for IME, depositions, witness preparation, and trial testimony.
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 believes in a collaborative, mutually-respectful doctor-patient relationship when recovering from mental illness and daunting chronic pain. His treatments include Psychotherapy, Psychopharmacology, Pain management, including medication monitoring, and Suboxone. Specialty Areas:
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. View Dr. Sobel's Expert Witness Profile.
James Patrick Murphy, MD, MMM. has been a devoted champion of our nation’s health care for over 30 years. His combination of clinical expertise, leadership skills, communication skills, creativity and business acumen are clearly unique. Dr. Murphy is among the most highly trained Pain Specialists in the world.
As a board-certified Anesthesiologist, Dr. Murphy possesses a thorough understanding of pharmaceuticals. He is also one of the first physicians in the world to attain subspecialty board certification in Addiction Medicine from the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Aside from a thriving clinical practice, Dr. Murphy regularly authors medically related published articles, participates in research, lectures to various groups in a variety of media, and advocates for the health and well-being of his community.
Consulting Services: Dr. Murphy provides consulting services to healthcare systems, governmental agencies, regulatory bodies, law enforcement, pharmaceutical companies, and agricultural enterprises in the areas of:
Background Experience: In recognition of his devotion to his profession, Dr. Murphy was honored with the prestigious Mayday Fellowship in Washington, D.C. He also added to his education and credentials by completing a rigorous business curriculum culminating in his graduation from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business with a Master of Medical Management degree.
Dr. Murphy's positions have ranged from president of one of our nation’s largest physician groups, the Greater Louisville Medical Society, to medical school class vice president, to Commander in the United States Navy. In 1994, he founded a state-of-the-art Anesthesia group of physicians and nurse practitioners that became the dominant provider of anesthesia services in central Kentucky.
After his Pain Medicine fellowship at Minnesota’s prestigious Mayo Clinic, where he also served on the faculty of the Mayo Medical School, Dr. Murphy returned to his hometown of Louisville in 1998. It was there that he founded Murphy Pain Center, which would become, by some metrics, the largest pain care provider in the state of Kentucky. In recognition of this accomplishment Dr. Murphy was selected as a Louisville Business First 40 Under 40 honoree.
Joel L. Kent, MD, has been quadruple-board certified in Family Medicine, Anesthesiology, Palliative Care, and Pain Management over the arc of his career.
Background: Much of Dr. Kent’s expertise is an artifact of both the clinical and educational leadership roles he has held over the course of his career. He has served as Division Head of Pain Medicine at medical schools between 1997 - 2017; originally at the University of Maryland and subsequently at the University of Rochester. In addition to this clinical leadership role, he also lead the pain medicine educational missions at these institutions from 1997 to 2015. Dr. Kent served as Director of the Pain Medicine Fellowship Training Programs at the University of Maryland form 1997 to 2007 and at the University of Rochester from 2007 - 2015. Both these programs are accredited through the Accreditation Counsel for Graduate Medical Education.
Over the course of his career, Dr. Kent has developed particular expertise surrounding the use of Opioid Analgesics. He has provided over 50 lectures to other physicians regarding the safe and proper use of opioid. He has served as an expert case reviewer for both the state of Maryland and the state of New York. The vast majority of these case reviews involved resolving concerns regarding the appropriateness of controlled substance prescriptions. In 2014, he provided a series lectures on behalf of the New York State Department of Health which were presented across New York State to educate physicians about the safe use of opioid analgesics in both cancer and non-cancer related pain conditions.
Since July 2017, Dr. Kent has been serving as a content expert on the Opioid Abuse Prevention and Pain Management Advisory Group to the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS). All these accomplishments attest to Dr. Kent’s high level of expertise in the complex and evolving realm of opioid therapy for the management of chronic pain problems.
Litigation Support: Dr. Kent has served as a medical expert witness for nearly 20 years. He has served as an expert witness and case reviewer for the states of both Maryland and New York's Departments of Health. He has provided expert case review and litigation support to health insurance carriers seeking restitution for fraudulent expenses related to opioid therapy. Dr. Kent provides litigation support and expert testimony in plaintiff and defense cases.
Expertise: Dr. Kent has expertise in all areas of Pain Medicine and has focused expertise in the prescribing and oversight of opioid analgesics. His specialties include acute and chronic pain management, opioid analgesics, interventional pain management therapies, RSD/CRPS and low back pain.