An introduction to Dr. Simmons' expertise and expert witness and consulting services.
Robert M. Stark, MD, has 40 years of experience practicing Internal Medicine, Cardiology, and Preventive Medicine. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, he is in full-time practice in cardiology and internal medicine.
Dr. Stark is past-president of the Connecticut Society of Internal Medicine. He serves as Adjunct Clinical Professor of Medicine at New York Medical College. and Director of his hospital’s Cardiovascular Prevention Program. Dr. Stark teaches residents and medical students as Adjunct Clinical Professor of Medicine. He also speaks frequently on cardiovascular topics for lay and professional groups as well as the media.
Litigation Support: Dr. Stark has 20 years of litigation experience in state and federal jurisdictions. He has served as a senior member of his state’s Medical Malpractice Claims Review Panel, where he helped determine the defensibility of cases on behalf of malpractice insurers and individual law firms. He also had responsibility for advising on defensibility of cases for Aetna Life & Casualty and CNA Insurance, as well as for individual law firms.
Dr. has given deposition and trial testimony in over 125 cases. He specializes in reviewing and explaining medical treatments and potential complications of cardiac conditions, and in evaluating medical treatments for standard of care. Dr. Stark provides summaries and reports that are cogent and complete. He firmly believes that the ability to communicate effectively is as essential to medicolegal work as it is to quality patient care.
Cardiovascular Disease and Internal Medicine Expertise:
Mary Wickens, JD, CFE, CHC has over 35 years experience in the Healthcare Insurance, Managed Care, and Compliance Industry. Her experience includes advising and counseling health care providers, insurers, government contractors, and others in compliance, ethics, fraud and abuse, Medicare, Medicaid and Federal Employees Plan, managed care, and other matters. Background Experience - Ms. Wickens is a former compliance officer for a major health insurer and former legal and compliance specialist for a CMS Medicare Program Safeguard Contractor. Also a former operations director for government programs (Medicare Part C, Medi-gap, and FEHBP) for a major HMO, she is experienced with government audits and investigations, commercial audits, as well as self-reporting and internal investigations. Ms. Wickens has decades of experience as in house counsel to HMOs and health insurers. She has drafted, developed, negotiated, and implemented numerous healthcare provider-payor contracts, and developed and implemented codes of conduct, ethics programs, compliance programs and numerous corrective action plans. Litigation Support - Mary Wickens provides litigation support, including skilled expert services, reports and testimony in federal False Claims Act cases, arbitrations, and provider-payer disputes. She is an experienced testifying expert, responsive to the needs of counsel, with excellent report writing skills. Ms. Wickens' services are available to counsel representing both plaintiff and defendant. Areas of Expertise:
Expert Witness: Retained in Washington, D.C., and over 25 states as an expert in hospital administration who could render opinion after assessing medical records, hospital policies and procedures, medical staff bylaws and regulations, JCAHO standards, depositions, etc. Served as Expert Witness for Plaintiff and Defense.
Consultant: Has assisted hospitals and health systems with accelerating their performance improvement efforts. Speaks, writes and consults on ethical issues in health care.
A senior clinical faculty member at Harvard Medical School, Harold J. Bursztajn, M.D., is active in patient care in medical, psychiatric and judicial education nationally. He is qualified in both state and federal courts and is nationally recognized as a distinguished impartial, clinical, ethical and forensic expert to P/D attorneys and institutions. Individual and multispecialty team consultations available.