Dr. Dean A. Berman, is a Board-Certified, residency-trained Emergency Room Physician with over 20 years of clinical experience. Comfortable in high stress environments, Dr. Berman regularly treats and manages patients with life threatening conditions. He has extensive experience in Airway Management, Video Laryngoscopy, Sedation, and EKG Interpretation.
Experience: Dr. Berman is currently an Emergency Room Physician at Banner Gateway Medical Center Gilbert, AZ where he participates on the Trauma Performance Improvement and Patient Safety Committee. Dr. Berman also acts as a mentor to medical and physician assistant students. He is a former Director of Emergency Services at St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center in Glendale , AZ where he participated on the Performance Improvement Committee and assisted with quality improvement initiatives. Dr. Berman previously worked at Saint Clare’s Hospital in Denville, NJ where he was the Assistant Medical Stroke Director and participated on the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.
Dr. Berman is focused on putting patients at ease and clearly diagnosing even the most difficult cases. He is an adept diagnostician with over twenty years of experience in the management of patients with a wide range of clinical presentations. His background as a Pharmacist allows for a thorough evaluation of medication therapy.
Litigation Support - Dr. Berman provides expert witness services for plaintiff and defendant attorneys in cases involving Emergency Medicine and Urgent Care. He is a good communicator with excellent writing skills and a flexible schedule in an expert witness capacity. Dr. Berman's services include medical record review, thorough reporting, deposition, and trial testimony as needed.
EXPERTISE IN: 1. The pathobiology, clinico-pathologic correlation, and histopathologic diagnosis of: diseases of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, rectum, anus, liver, and pancreas. 2. Human neoplasms (cancer) and preneoplastic conditions. 3. Establishing standard of care, causation and cause of death.
BACKGROUND: 1. Anatomic Pathology Residency: Washington Univ-Barnes Hospital 1991-94. 2. Oncologic Pathology Fellowship: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center 1994-95. 3. Gastrointestinal and Liver Pathology Fellowship: Harvard-Brigham & Womens Hospital 1995-96. 4. Instructor at Harvard Medical School: 1996-1998. 5. Assistant Professor and Director of Gastrointestinal Pathology Division at Univ. of Texas Health Science Center-Hermann Hospital, Houston Medical Center: 08/1998 - 12/2000. 6. Staff GI Pathologist and Quality Assurance Director at Caris/Miraca Life Sciences, Dallas TX: 01/2001 - 04/2012. 7. Staff Pathologist, Anatomic Pathology Division of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, Long Island NY: 05/2013 - 05/2015. 8. Staff Pathologist, Anatomic Pathology Division of Alliance Health Sciences, Dallas TX: 01/2016 - present. 9. Sole Proprietor of Expert Pathology Consultation Services Laboratory since 01/2001.
Dr. Torres was instrumental in creating a rather unique model of Gastrointestinal Pathology subspecialty-focused laboratory, that during his 12 yrs tenure became one of the largest private national Anatomic Pathology laboratories-Caris/Miraca Life Sciences.
Lois Hawkins, RN, CLCP of Hawkins Forensic Consulting, Inc, specializes in Medical and Vocational Damage Assessment in personal injury and catastrophic injury cases throughout the United States. For over 10 years, Ms. Hawkins has been evaluating cases involving children and adults with complex, catastrophic injuries, as well as less serious injuries.
Life Care Planning - Comprehensive Record Review and supportive documentation / Case Analysis, Case Summary Chronology, Clinical Interview and History with Patient, Medical-Legal Research, Assessment of Future Medical / Rehabilitation Needs
Legal Nurse Consulting
Professional Memberships and Associations International Academy of Life Care Planners (IALCP) - Present International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP) - Present American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC) - Past American Operating Room Nurse (AORN ) - Past
John O. Winter, DDS, is a Dental Malpractice and InjuryExpert with 20 years practicing as a full-time general dentist, and over 16 years as a knowledgeable and effective full time dental expert witness and consultant to attorneys and national insurance companies.
Background Experience - In 1981, Dr. Winter entered private general dentistry practice in New York which provided a deep knowledge base of risk management and enhancement of the criteria in the evaluation of the Dental Standard of Care. In 2002, he began a collaboration with major national insurance companies providing defense to claims of dental negligence and malpractice allegations. Dr. Winter is actively licensed by the state of New York to practice dentistry and is a member of the National Association of Dental Consultants.
Dr. Winter has completed over 400 assignments on liability claims and suits ranging to one million dollar demands. He has saved insurance companies on aggregate over $10 million dollars in settlements and payouts.
Litigation Support - Dr. Winter's cases involve Dental Malpractice requiring an expert to provide dental records and case review for Certificate of Merit, Affidavit of Merit, Deposition and Testimony. His services are also available to Insurance Company dental claim managers requiring defense services for their dental claims and dentist-insured clients, and State Attorneys General requiring Medicaid investigation into dental treatment records and billing.
Dr. Winter can be counted on to be an ethical, respectful, well organized, and prompt worker. He possesses articulate and persuasive speaking abilities to effectively communicate complex dental procedures and terminology in understandable layman terms for client attorneys and juries, at depositions, and at court appearances.
Nader Khandanpour, MD, PhD, FRCR, CUBS, EDINR, is a trained Radiologist, with a subspecialty in Neuroradiology. Dr. Khandanpour is one of the few neuroradiologists with a PhD in Atherosclerosis, Vascular Disease, and Genetics. His practice includes adult, pediatric, and neonatal patients.
Dr. Khandanpour has achieved a Pan London Neuroradiology Fellowship, and has deep experience working in 7 major neuroscience centres of excellence, including King’s College, Great Ormond Street, and National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery, Barts & The London NHS Trust, and St. Georges NHS. He is Certified by the Board of European Neuroradiology (EDINR), Cardiff University Bond Solon Legal Certificate (CUBS), and the Academy of Experts.
Litigation Support: Dr. Khandanpour serves as an expert witness for attorneys representing plaintiff and defendant. Cases involve medical personal injury and clinical negligence and services include the preparation of medico legal reports, depositions, and trial testimony.
Mary C. Meinhard RN-BC, BS, JD, CLCP, MSC-C is a Nurse Attorney/ Legal Nurse Consultant, Certified Life Care Planner, Board-Certified Nurse Case Manager, and Medicare Set-Aside Consultant-Certified. She has offices in California and Nevada, and provides Medical/Legal Consulting services nationwide. She has over 35 years of experience working with catastrophically injured patients/clients as a Registered Nurse, in addition to 20+ years of experience as a California Attorney, and is retained by both Plaintiff and Defense as a consultant in Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice and Workers' Compensation cases.
Representative diagnoses include, but are not limited to:
Traumatic Brain Injury
Acquired Brain Injury
Spinal Cord Injuries / Paralysis
Complications of Pregnancy, Premature Births and Birth Injuries
Complications of Diabetes
Chronic Pain / Illness
Chronic Renal Failure
End Stage Renal Disease
Legal Nurse Consulting
Medical Record Review / Summary
Case Merit Evaluation/Standards of Care
Life Care Planning
Mini / Preliminary Life Plans
Medicare Set-Aside Allocations
Expert Fact and Opinion Testimony
Attendance at Independent Medical Exams
Litigation Support - Formulation of Discovery Plans, Preparation of Deposition/Cross Examination Questions, Conducting Medical Expert/Opposing Life Care Planner Depositions
Ms. Meinhard also holds certification from the Pepperdine University School of Law Straus Institute for Alternative Dispute Resolution and is available as a Mediator for personal injury cases of all types - especially when competing Life Care Plans are at issue.
Kenneth C. McCawley RN, BSN, VWCN, CICP, has been a Nurse since 1992, and is a Combat Decorated Military Veteran who was active and served as a “doc” in the field. He is now a retired Major.
Mr. McCawley started the open heart program at CMC hospital in Scranton PA, has worked in trauma and ICU, and has 23 years of experience as a successful Director of Nursing, writing policies and ensuring compliance with federal and state regulations,. He also served as Senior Clinical Specialist for a national healthcare company.
Mr. McCawley is currently the director of nursing for a 120-bed rehab facility in Pennsylvania. He has extensive experience in working in skilled nursing facilities where he deals with pressure ulcers, wound care, and nursing home falls. He has reviewed cases for attorneys on Nursing Home Negligence and has been deposed and/or testified numerous times.
Areas of Expertise:
Pressure Ulcer /Pressure Ulcer Prevention
Nursing Home Falls
Nursing Home Fall Prevention
Certified Infection Control Preventionist through CMS
Education: Diploma Prepared Registered Nurse (RN), Community Medical Center School of Nursing, Scranton PA; Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN), Penn State University; Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN), National Certification; Wound Care Certified, VOHRA National Certification
Ms. Roughan is a Rehabilitation Nurse Specialist who functions in the capacity of case manager, life care planner and expert witness. Her company, Roughan & Associates at LINC, is a nationally recognized Case Management and Medical/Legal Consulting service. It has been in existence since 1987, providing coordination of patient care; construction of Life Care Plans; and, consultative services to both the defense and plaintiff bar on simple and complex cases alike. Ms. Roughan has experience with diagnoses involving both children and adults and are knowledgeable in current treatment philosophies, identification of appropriate resources.
Diagnoses include, but are not limited to:
Neurological Injuries (Brain and Spinal Cord Injury)