List of Plaintiffs' Experts

We have been working to piece together information on medical experts in different types of tort cases. Most of these are medical malpractice experts, but we are trying to cover the landscape of experts that you need in any tort claim requiring medical testimony.

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The genesis of this idea is that it is hard for both sides to find experts in these cases. Any for-pay finding of experts is just silly in 2016. Information should be free. So we have started this project and try to keep building it as we go.

Also, in the interests of full disclosure, we do not include on this list experts that our law firm has used in the past. Many experts are probably entirely pleased to be included on any list of experts because that is how they get work. But many of our experts are treating doctors who stepped in to help out their patient in our case or because they saw a rare case and felt they must speak up. So we do not want anyone thinking that by working with us, it means your name is on a list we prepare and provide to the public.

  • Martin Howard Dauber: Chicago-based anesthesiologist who has testified in a number of cases, including brain injury from anesthesiology errors. Dr. Dauber is also an expert in critical care. He has testified as an expert for plaintiffs and defendants.
  • Alan D. Kaye: Professor and Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. Dr. Kaye also has a Ph.D. in pharmacology. He has written over 200 book chapters and manuscripts on pulmonary vascular pharmacology and anesthesiology. He has testified in cases involving improper epidural placement, failure to plan and manage patient intraoperative fluids, and in a number of diet drug cases.
  • James M. Pepple: Anesthesiologist and pediatrics doctor at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. He has testified in cases involving negligence in placement and monitoring of a thoracic epidural, negligence in permitting decedent to aspirate stomach acids prior to surgery, negligent use of a post surgery interscalen block, improper implementation of a biventricular cardioverter device, and in a number of cases where blindness or hypoxia resulted as a consequence of a poor plan or monitoring of anesthesia.
  • Jeffery S. Plotkin: Director of Transplant Anesthesiology and Professor of Anesthesiology and Surgery at Georgetown. Has been named in a few Maryland cases. Not a frequent flyer expert by any stretch.
  • John ("Hans") W. Schweiger: A professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at the University of South Florida, Dr. Schweiger has been in private practice for the last ten years in South Florida where he divides his time between the operating room and the intensive care unit. He is board certified in anesthesiology, critical care medicine, and pain medicine. He has testified in cases involving:
    • obstetrical patient with reactive airway disease and suffered an injury during childbirth
    • inadequate ventilation during a leg operation for juvenile diabetes which resulted in a death
    • failure to diagnose and treat her placenta percreta that resulted in death ($15 million verdict)
Cardiology/Cardiac Surgery
  • Arthur Calick: Cardiologist in Huntington Beach, California who has been named in a few malpractice cases. He has been in practice for over 50 years. He was named as an expert in a California case involving the use of heparin during a coronary angiogram and bypass surgery that led to thrombocytopenia and a bilateral leg amputation case that settled for $800,000 in 2014.
  • Bruce Charash: Bboard certified in cardiovascular disease and internal medicine, Dr. Charash is a cardiologist in Westbury, New York. He received his medical degree from Weill Medical College of Cornell University in 1981. He has testified in cases involving clinical cardiology.
  • Tyrone Krause: Thoracic and cardiac surgeon in Newark, New Jersey. Attended medical school in New York.  He has been in practice for nearly 30 years.
Colon Rectal Surgery
  • Joshua Bleier: Board certified in colon and rectal surgery as well as general surgery. Among his specialties are treating benign diverticular disease, IBS, and colon and rectal cancer. Professor of clinical surgery at Penn.
Dental Surgery
  • Michael Wahl: Dental surgeon who received his dental degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Currently has a practice in Wilmington, Delaware. Dr. Wahl may be the preeminent authority on dental surgery and anticoagulants, as well as dental procedures and endocarditis. He has published extensively on these topics and has provided critical expert testimony in several cases.
Emergency Room Medicine
  • Phillip Buttaravolli. Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center and author of Minor Emergencies, a book on ED care.
  • Jacek Bronislaw Franaszek: Board certified in emergency medicine since 2000, he has testified in Illinois and other states in ER negligence cases, tackling such issues as failure to diagnose appendicitis, throat obstruction (Maryland), stroke, testicular torsion, and myocardial infarction
  • Samuel J. Kiehl, III. Ohio physician board certified in emergency medicine. Dr. Kiehl was a Navy doctor at the end of the Vietnam war. He has been named as an expert in hundreds of cases including cases involving the failure to give Heparin to stop a blood clot, and failure to diagnose the tumor.
  • Raymond Pitteti: Medical Director of Children’s Express Care at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh (similar to urgent care). He is also the Associate Medical Director of the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Dr. Pitetti is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine.
  • John A. Sterba. Based in East Aurora and affiliated with Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Sterba has testified for plaintiffs in a number of ER malpractice cases and general surgery cases. He specializes in general surgery, undersea & hyperbaric medicine, and emergency medicine. He has testified in many jurisdictions, including Florida, South Carolina, Missouri, and New York.
  • Joseph Ross Yates: Illinois ER doctor who has been named as a plaintiff's expert.
Geriatrics/Nursing Homenursing home
  • Jonathan Klein:  Geriatrics expert who has testified in nursing home cases primarily in Maryland and Virginia against nursing homes such as Genesis and FutureCare.  Dr. Klein went to undergrad at Maryland and went to the University of Milan in Italy for medical school (a fact that is picked at by defense lawyers).  He has been board certified in Geriatric Medicine and Internal Medicine. Dr. Klein was formerly a medical director of several nursing homes, including ManorCare. 
  • Loren G. Lipson: Johns Hopkins educated doctor who is board certified in internal and geriatric medicine and regularly testifies in nursing home cases. Dr. Lipson is a professor at the University of Southern California. He was the plaintiffs' expert in a wrongful death case bed sore/dehydration/malnutrition case in Florida where the jury awarded $114 million. One of the key allegations in that case was that the nursing home was short staffed.
  • James A. Sexson: Board certified in internal medicine, Dr. Sexson has been named as an expert in cases around the country, offering opinions for plaintiffs in such nursing cases as negligent activation of a pacemaker, failure to prevent a fall, failure to treat bed sores, brain injuries, and failure to provide medication.
  • Harry Strothers, III: Chair and professor of medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Strothers regularly testifies in nursing home bed sore cases. He went to undergrad and medical school in Maryland and has been named as an expert here. He has also testified in a score of cases around the country, including his home state of Georgia, New York, Alabama, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania.
  • Barry L. Singer: Johns Hopkins educated and board certified in hematology, internal medicine, and medical oncology. Based in Norristown, Pennsylvania, he has testified in several cases involving anticoagulants such as heparin and coumadin.
Hospital Management/Administration
  • Fred H. Hyde: Named as an expert in unnecessary cardiac surgical procedures cases, mostly involving the use of stents. He has an MD, a JD, and an MBA (all at Yale except for an MBA at Columbia, if you can imagine). He teaches hospital management at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in New York.
Infectious Disease
  • Mark Andrew Jacobson: Named as an expert in a Maryland case involving misdiagnosis of psoriasis as a result of HIV/AIDS progression.
  • Richard A. Berg: Internist in Baltimore who specializes in infectious diseases
  • Gary W. Crooks: University of Pennsylvania internist. Went to Stanford for undergrad; Harvard for medical school. Listed as “Top Doc” by Philadelphia Magazine and as an “Outstanding Primary Care Physician” by Town and Country Magazine
  • Dr. Paul Genecin: Yale internist for the last 25 years. Educated at Princeton and Columbia. Has been named as an expert in over 100 cases including claims involving rhabdomyolysis from drug interactions, Fentanyl overdose, negligent discontinuation of Coumadin for a nursing home patient, and failure to diagnose subacute endocarditis. In 2008, he charged $400 per hour for review time, $450 per hour for deposition preparation and deposition testimony (4-hour minimum). His trial testimony was $ 4,000 a day.
  • Marc R. Shepard: Internist who is a professor at George Washington University Medical Center with expertise in long-term care. May testify in nursing home bed sore cases.
  • Perry Jay Starer: New York-based doctor specializing in geriatric medicine and internal medicine who has testified in a lot of nursing home bedsore cases. He has also testified in failure to prevent suicide and delayed diagnosis of transitional cell carcinoma.
  • Mark B. Shoag: Another Yale-educated internal medicine doctor who practices in Cleveland, Ohio, who has been named as an expert in over 100 cases. He has been designated as an expert all over the country, including Florida, Ohio, Maryland, Texas, Georgia, Mississippi, Washington, D.C. and Michigan. Some of his cases have involved:
    • missed blood culture
    • post-surgical bowel leaks resulting in sepsis and death
    • failure to diagnose ovarian cancer
NeurologyNursing Home Experts: Nurses and Administrators (doctors listed above)
  • Bryon S. Arbeit, MA, JFA, JFA: A former nursing home administrator in Sarasota, Florida, who has testified in cases where nursing home's procedures were at issue.
  • Kathleen Anne Hill-O'Neill: A gerontological nurse practitioner who teaches at the University of Pennsylvania. She has been named as an expert over 100 times, mostly on issues related to the appropriate standard of care for a nursing home nurse. She has testified extensively in failure to monitor and treat bed sores cases in cases all over the country including Florida, Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Illinois. She has conducted nursing home investigations for the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • Ellen Ullmann:  A Florida-based nurse who testifies in assisted living abuse and neglect cases.
  • Ilene Warner-Maron: Nurse and licensed nursing home administrator with 30 years of experience caring for the elderly, who now works for Alden Geriatric Consultants in Media, Pennsylvania. She has been named as an expert for plaintiffs in nursing home cases in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey among other states, often on issues related to pressure sores.
  • Cathryn H. Winslow: Maryland clinical nurse that provides life care plans and catastrophic injury case management.
  • Patricia Mary Boatwright: Obstetrician-gynecologist in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Lawrence Borow: Pennsylvania-based OB-GYN, who regularly testifies in birth injury during childbirth case including shoulder dystocia and brachial plexus injuries. He graduated from Temple Medical School in 1970. He has testified that he works about equally for plaintiffs and defendants, and that between 5-8% of professional work is medical-legal related. He has testified in a number of Maryland birth injury cases. He graduated from Rush Medical College in 1975.
  • Martin Gubernick: Board certified New York OB-GYN that has testified in shoulder dystocia and other birth injury cases, including a few cases in Maryland that generated seven-figure verdicts and settlements.  His is a clinical instructor of obstetrics and gynecology at Cornell. 
  • Jeffery King: Formerly at Georgetown, this Kentucky doctor is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and maternal and fetal medicine. He has testified in a significant number of cases in Maryland involving a birth injury or wrongful death.
  • Elizabeth Wickstrom: Kansas City-based obstetrics expert who has been named as an expert in cases involving Down's Syndrome and a mother with oligohydramnios (low amniotic fluid levels) which allegedly caused her child to have cerebral palsy. 
  • John M. Kirkwood: Yale educated oncologist whose practice and research has focused on melanoma. He has been named as an expert in at least a handful of failure to diagnose and treat melanoma cases around the country, including Maryland, Ohio, and Arizona. He is a professor and director of the Melanoma and Skin Cancer program at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • Steven Frank Boc: Philadelphia-based foot and ankle orthopedic surgeon. Has testified on the standard of care issues, the scope of injury, and informed consent.
  • Jeffery Garske: South Carolina-based board-certified orthopedic surgeon at Coastal Plains Physician Associates who has been in practice for 40 years. He graduated from University of Wisconsin Medical School, performed an internship at Akron General Medical Center, and residency at Akron General Medical Center and Akron Children's Hospital.  He has testified in Affiant has practiced medicine since 1976. 
  • Gregory S. Maslow: New Jersey-based orthopedic who has testified in scores of cases, mostly in the New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania area. Most of his cases are not medical malpractice but auto tort or workers' compensation claims.
  • Ralph Rashbaum: Texas-based orthopedist who has been named as an expert in scores of cases, mostly in Texas but he has also been named in states such as North Carolina, Illinois, Colorado, and Pennsylvania. Some of his cases have involved:
    • delayed diagnosis of an intradural hematoma
    • failure to timely diagnose a T10-T11 fracture leading to paraplegia
    • unnecessary 3 level disc surgery
    • back surgery in the wrong location
    • failure to diagnose mediastinum germ cell cancer

Michael Shaffrey: Dr. Shaffrey is a neurosurgeon who is the current chair of the department of neurosurgery at the University of Virginia. He completed his medical degree at the University of Virginia in 1987. He specializes in operations involving disc displacement and disease, cervical and lumbar stenosis, spinal tumors, and brain tumors.

  • Theonia Boyd: Pediatric, perinatal and adult surgery pathologist. Attended Johns Hopkins for undergrad; University of Utah for medical school. Has been doing medical-legal work since 1996, reviewing about a dozen cases a year. She charges $500 an hour for review, $2,500 for a half day and $5,000 for a full day, which makes up about a third of her income. She has testified she works equally for plaintiffs and defendants.
  • Bruce Allen Hyma: Expert in forensic pathology and anatomical and clinical pathology at the University of Miami. Has testified in, among many cases, lack of prescription for anti-coagulation therapy, failure to diagnose and treat thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, and a few drowning cases.
Pain Management
  • Alexander E. Weingarten: Board certified in anesthesiology, he has been elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Pain Medicine. He has been practicing pain management since 1984.
  • Howard Jeffery Rosen: Board certified in anesthesiology and pain management.
  • Carolyn Crawford: Pediatrician who lives in Pennsylvania and practices in southern New Jersey. She graduated from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia in 1971. She has testified that she does 75% plaintiffs' work and 25% defense work, and the outside expert legal work takes up about 5% of her time. She has testified a large number of cases involving, among other things:
  • Ronald S. Gabriel: Pediatric neurologist in Los Angeles.
  • Herschel R. Lessin: Stanford/Yale educated pediatrician who been named as a plaintiff expert in scores of cases over the years, including:
    • Failure to treat long QT Syndrome (Florida)
    • Negligently delay in performing a spinal tap, and failure to diagnose and treat herpes encephalitis (Florida)
    • Negligence in performing percutaneous pinning surgery (Washington)
    • Failure to refer child for cardiology workup that led to his death (Texas)
  • Steven L. Shore: Dr. Shore is a board certified pediatrician and pediatric infectious disease doctor. He received his medical degree in 1967 from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. He is currently at Sandy Spring Pediatrics in Atlanta Georgia.

  • Leonard B. Weiner: Syracuse-based pediatric infectious disease doctor. Graduated medical school from Tufts University. Has testified in a number case for failure to diagnose a bacterial illness, including herpes encephalitis. Has testified for both plaintiffs and defendants.
  • Mindy B. Statter: Board certified in general surgery, pediatric surgery and surgical critical care, Dr. Statter has testified for plaintiffs in both pediatric and emergency room negligence cases.
  • Richard E. Latchaw: A Professor of Radiology at the UC Davis Medical Center since 2002, Dr. Latchaw testified in a significant number of radiology and neuroradiology cases. His billable rate, at least at one time, is $500 an hour. His legal work makes us 5% of his professional activities. Approximately 20% of his clinical work and legal work is pediatric neuroradiology. He reviews cases and testifies for both plaintiffs and defendants. He has testified that he considers about 10 cases a year, usually interpreting film. He has focused lots of attention on the diagnosis and treatment of acute ischemic strokes. He has also testified in cases involving:
    • Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)
    • Head trauma cases
    • Negligent vacuum extraction
    • Misdiagnosis of a subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • C. Douglas Phillips: Neuroradiologist at University of Virginia Health System Division of Neuroradiology.
  • Michael James Potchen: is a board certified radiologist with CAQs in neuroradiology in Rochester, New York after spending most of his career in Michigan. He has testified as a plaintiffs' expert in a failure to diagnose pneumonia, an aneurysm, lung cancer, failure to detect a broken wire on a defibrillator, and many other types of cases. He also testifies, seemingly less frequently, as a defense expert. He charged, at least at one time, $750 an hour.
  • Bryan Pukenas: He is board certified in radiology with a focus on interventional radiology. His area of expertise includes interventional neuroradiology, aneurysms, arteriovenous malformation, intracranial stenosis, angioplasties, diagnostic neuroradiology, and carotid stenting. Dr. Punkenas is currently on the staff at UPENN Medical Center as well as the Children’s Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania. Something that makes Dr. Pukenas a unique interventional radiologist is his experience with pediatric cases.

Surgery (General)
  • David C. Brooks: Educated at Harvard and Brown, Dr. Brooks served in the Navy Reserve before becoming a doctor in 1976. His specialty is in both gastrointestinal and general surgery. He is on the faculty at Harvard Medical School and has done over 1,000 lap chole cases. He has edited a number of textbooks on laparoscopic surgery. He has testified in cases involving:
  • Peter Neumann: General and plastic surgeon who has testified in negligently performed face lifts and breast implants, among other cases.

  • Paul M. Starker: Board certified in general surgery and surgical critical care, this New Jersey-based surgeon has been named as an expert in some lap chole and bowel obstruction cases as a plaintiffs' expert. He is on the consulting staff at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.
  • Jay S. Copeland: Board certified urologist in Prince George's County.
  • Joseph David Schmidt: Urologist in San Diego. Specializes in treating patients with prostate cancer.
  • Myron Irwin Murdock: Bowie, Maryland urologist who specializes in pediatric urology.
Vascular Surgery
  • Carl Adams: Dr. Adams is a board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon. He specializes in the treatment of aortic aneurysms, peripheral vascular disease, and other major heart surgeries. He current practices at St. Joseph Heart Institute/RCRMC Heart Center in Durango, Colorado as well as in Sacramento, California.
  • Joseph H. Boyer: He is a cardiothoracic surgeon. Dr. Boyer is board certified in thoracic surgery and cardiothoracic, vascular surgery. He attended medical school at the state university of New York in Syracuse. He is currently a physician at Florida Hospital.
  • Mark D. Morasch: Heart and vascular surgeon at Saint Vincent Healthcare in Billings, Montana. He is board certified in general surgery and vascular surgery. Dr. Morasch is extraordinarily experienced at providing expert testimony in the areas of peripheral vascular disease, abdominal aortic aneurysms, angioplasties, endovascular aneurysm repair, inferior vena cava filter, aortic dissection, ischemic limb, brachial plexus palsy, aortic embolism, cerebral vascular disease, and deep vein thrombosis. Has published a great deal on these subjects.
  • Paul E. Collier: Board certified in general surgery and vascular surgery, he received his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. He performed his undergraduate work at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Collier is a physician and current medical director at the Non-Invasive Vascular Laboratory at the Sewickly Valley Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Collier has testified in several cases involving peripheral vascular disease, grafting procedures, and claudication.

Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Michael H Morgenstern: Florida vocational rehab expert who has been named in hundreds of cases. (Motion to strike this expert.)
  • Rick A. Sarkisian: An instructor at California State University, Sarkisian is a frequently used vocational rehabilitation expert. He has been a rehabilitation counselor, school counselor, and vocational counselor and has testified as an expert hundreds of times, mostly in California. He is also the author of books designed for Catholics that people find their purpose in life.
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