The Physician Assistant Experts Network™ is a referral resource for attorneys seeking expert medical opinions on the standard of care provided by physician assistants and advanced nurse practitioners. The PA Experts Network™ was founded by Jeffrey G. Nicholson, PA-C, Ph.D., M.Ed., MPAS, an experienced medical-legal consultant and a leader in the physician assistant profession. He will either help you personally or facilitate a physician assistant expert from his network of board certified Physician Assistant Experts in all medical specialties. See his article on this website. Practicing 29 years, a PA Educator, Assistant Professor, and Director of the University of Wisconsin Physician Assistant Program.
Medical Records Review, Deposition, Testimony, Referrals of PAs, NPs, and also MDs, DOs
Education and Certifications:
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI, 2008
Master of Education, M.Ed., Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1989
Trends in malpractice awards and adverse actions (e.g., revocation of provider license) following an act or omission constituting medical error or negligence were examined. The National Practitioner Data Bank was used to compare rates of malpractice reports and adverse actions for physicians, physician assistants (PAs), and nurse practitioners (NPs). During 2005 through 2014, there ranged from 11.2 to 19.0 malpractice payment reports per 1,000 physicians, 1.4 to 2.4 per 1,000 PAs, and 1.1 to 1.4 per 1,000 NPs. Physician median payments ranged from 1.3 to 2.3 times higher than PAs or NPs. Diagnosis-related malpractice allegations varied by provider type, with physicians having significantly fewer reports (31.9%) than PAs (52.8%) or NPs (40.6%) over the observation period. Trends in malpractice payment reports may reflect policy enactments to decrease liability.
Based on the first seventeen years of data from the National Practitioner Data Bank, nationwide Physician Assistant malpractice demonstrates lower malpractice incidence and average payment amounts over a 17 Year Period Compared to MDs and Advance Practice Nurses
The physician assistant ("PA") expert witness is a board certified and state licensed health care professional who by experience or training is qualified to give an opinion on the standard of care provided by fellow physician assistants. Although formal training is not required, some PA expert witnesses have completed seminars conducted by and for legal nurse consultants.
Raymond P. Mooney, PAC, DFAAPA, is a Physician Assistant with 46 years of experience in Family Practice, Emergency Medicine, Urgent Care, and Correctional Medicine as well as over twenty years of experience in reviewing medico-legal cases. He has extensive experience in deposition as well as trial testimony in state as well as federal court.
Background Experience: He has spent all his professional career after graduating from the University of Detroit Mercy, practicing in Michigan and is Board Certified by the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants and a Distinguished Fellow in the American Academy of Physician Assistants. This distinction is awarded to physician assistants who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the physician assistant profession. He is a member of the American College of Correctional Physicians, which complements and promotes his interest in correctional healthcare. For the past twenty-three years, he has been providing medical-legal reviews in family practice, urgent care medicine, emergency medicine as well as correctional healthcare. He has offered deposition testimony in approximately twenty-six states and trial testimony in state as well as federal court. Please feel free to review some of the articles that he has on his web site to assist attorneys in familiarizing themselves with the PA profession and other areas.
Mr. Mooney is also employed part-time as an independent contractor to staff the Emergency Room / Urgent Care Clinic at Dwane Waters Hospital of the Southern Michigan Prison. He is responsible for the evaluation and management of prisoners presenting for emergent as well as minor illnesses including trauma, cardiac events, respiratory distress, AIDS related illnesses, diabetes, etc. His duties also include the triage of calls from the remaining facilities in the Michigan prison system to determine the urgent nature of inmate complaints and appropriate disposition.
Litigation Support: With a diverse background as a Physician Assistant, Mr. Mooney has been providing the legal industry with his expert opinion for over 20 years. He is available to objectively evaluate cases for alleged medical negligence or a deviation in the standard of care on physician assistant practice.
Initial Attorney Conferences (No Charge )
Review / Prepare Affidavits of Merit for Medical Negligence Claims
Suicide is a threat to all persons (inmates as well as staff) involved in corrections. The rates of inmate suicide are far higher than the national averages and even higher still for special populations such as juvenile and LGBTI inmates.
Many States outsource prison healthcare (general medical care, mental health, and dental) to corporations that supply these services. The corporation retained to provide healthcare services to inmates is responsible for hiring the staff to care for the inmate population, which can include physicians, Physician Assistants (PAs), advanced nurse practitioners, and staff nurses.
An affidavit in legal terms is a sworn statement that assures the merit of your claim. In a medical malpractice case it is produced, at the request of the attorney, after the expert provider (physician, physician assistant/nurse practitioner) has reviewed the medical records and believes that the standard of care was breached and it was a cause that contributed to the patients injuries
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.
Edward 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 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.