An introduction to Dr. Simmons' expertise and expert witness and consulting services.
Dr. Patricia J. Bartzak, DNP, RN, CMSRN, is a skilled hospital nurse clinician with 18 years of direct nursing care of patients with infectious diseases and trauma patients, including injuries and diseases related to neurologic, cardiac, renal, renal transplant, spinal, orthopedic and acute and chronic pain and oncologic diagnoses. Located on the east coast with current nursing licenses both in Massachusetts and California. Has reviewed more than 50 cases in 5 years, written several reports, and been deposed about 8 times in person and video. Currently working in a hospital designated as level-1 trauma center.
Continued active contributions to the field of nursing as nurse educator, nurse researcher, professional journal column editor and leadership initiatives through active participation in professional nursing organizations. Currently serving a second term as an elected Regional Coordinator for Sigma Theta Tau, the nursing honor society.
Direct care experience with complex airways, cervical instability, multi-drain management, invasive monitoring, complex wounds, pain management and surgical interventions from many services: orthopedics, neurology, general surgery, thoracics, infectious disease and gastrointestinal medicine.
Currently co-chairing the American Nurse's Association (ANA) Scope & Standards of Practice (4th edition), a document that guides nursing practice for the country's 4 milllion nurses.
Nurse educator for several years from undergraduate through the doctoral level including courses in medical-surgical nursing, pathophysiology, psychiatric nursing, nursing research and pharmacology, simulation and clinical rotations.
Column writer for Nursing Evidence-Based Practice column, having published dozens of articles on safe bedside nursing care. Peer reviewer for the Journal of Trauma Nursing.
Served as a nurse voting members of an Institutional Review Board (IRB) with current Collaborative Institutional Training (CITI) certification.
Professional nursing certifications in medical-surgical nursing, trauma nursing, burn nursing and telemetry.
John LoMonaco, MD, FACS, is a Board-Certified General and Plastic Surgeon with 20 years of practical experience. Dr. LoMonaco trained at major hospitals in the Texas Medical Center, including Memorial-Hermann Hospital and M.D. Anderson Cancer Institute. An attending burn surgeon prior to private practice, he has extensive experience in Hand, Facial, and Extremity Trauma and Reconstruction.
Dr. LoMonaco conducted laboratory research for two years at the Medical School studying tissue healing and helping develop skin substitutes for burn victims. During his formal training, he participated in over 5,000 surgical procedures. He served as Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, and Director of Plastic Surgery at the LBJ Hospital.
Dr. LoMonaco's private practice, established in 2003, is uniquely focused on Breast and Body Contouring Surgery with a special emphasis on Post-Bariatric Surgery Reconstruction.
Litigation Support: Dr. LoMonaco has 15 years of Cosmetic Surgery / Plastic Surgery litigation support experience. His cases include the assessment of complex injuries to hand, face, or extremities to determine disability and cost of future medical care. He provides medical malpractice claim expertise to attorneys for both plaintiff and defendant. Dr. LoMonaco's services include medical record review, thorough reporting, depositions, court appearances, and exam / medical narrative preparation.
James Apesos, MD, FACS, is Board Certified in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, General Surgery, and Hand Surgery, allowing him to deal with most any and all potential medical malpractice situations.
Dr. Apesos has decades of experience operating a busy private plastic surgery practice, training surgeons, managing emergency rooms, and hospital facilities. He has a wide experience dealing with both pediatric and adult surgery from congenital to reconstructive to cosmetic.
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Litigation Support - Dr. Apesos is an expert witness for Medical Malpractice cases involving Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, including all cosmetic surrey, pediatric surgery, hand surgery, burn surgery, breast surgery, and cancer surgery. He has special skill in complications of surgery and post-surgery deaths.
Dr. Apesos has been providing services to the legal community for 30 years. He has been retained in 30 cases and been deposed over 25 times. A punctual strategist, he is adept at quickly assessing legal cases, cutting through medical jargon, and determining the merits of each case. Dr. Apesos' services include medical record review, thorough reportng, depositions, and trial testimony as needed for both plaintiff and defendant.
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Lisa A. Kozden, MOT, OTR/L, CHT, COMT, is an Occupational Therapist with 20 years of clinical experience treating clients with Orthopedic and Neurological Conditions of the Upper Extremity. She has earned two specialty board certifications as a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT), the highest recognition of competency in the profession of upper extremity rehabilitation, and Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapy of the Upper Extremity (COMT-UE). Ms. Kozden has owned and operated a private practice over the last 10 years.
Ms. Kozden has been teaching in higher education over the last five years as a Faculty Specialist at The University of Scranton in her specialty area of practice.She is currently a PhD Candidate in the Occupational Therapy program at Nova Southeastern University, where her dissertation topic is the role of occupation in upper extremity rehabilitation.
Litigation Support - In addition to treating clients with upper extremity conditions, Ms. Kozden offers services as an expert in her field to attorneys and clients in need of her unique expertise. She provides independent therapeutic examinations and expert witness testimony for attorneys to assist them with personal injury litigation as it pertains to Pathologies Affecting the Upper Extremities. Her services include medical record review, thorough reporting, depositions, and trial testimony as needed.
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