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Board Certified Pediatric Wrongful Death Expert Witness

Keywords

Board Certified Pediatric Wrongful Death, Board Certified Pediatric, Clinical Pathology, Anatomic Pathology, Nuclear Medicine, Birth Injury, Pediatric Wrongful Death, Pediatric Wrongful Death Causation, Wrongful Death Merit,

California

Expert No. 3107

California

Board Certification

American Board of Pathology-Pediatric Pathology, August 1999
American Board of Nuclear Medicine, September 1986
American Board of Pathology-Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, June 1984

Licensure

Available upon request.

Post Graduate Medical Training

Pediatric Pathology Fellowship. State University of New York, Downstate-Brooklyn. 1999
Nuclear Medicine. University of California at Davis/Martinez Veterans Administration Medical Center. Martinez, CA. 1984-1986
Anatomic & Clinical Pathology. University of California at Davis/Martinez Veterans Administration Medical Center. Martinez, CA 1980-1984
Pediatric Internship. University of California. San Francisco, CA. 1979-1980
Pediatric Gastroenterology Research Fellowship. University of California. San Francisco, CA. 1978-1979

Education

MD. University of California at Davis. 1978
BS. University of California at Berkeley, 1974. Double Major: Nutrition and Food Science; Biochemistry

Experience

Founder, A Company, CA. 2000-Present
Medical Legal Consultant and Expert Witness (plaintiff and defendant) issues including: uterine rupture; abruption; intrapartum demise; cerebral palsy; birth asphyxia; chronic hypoxia; infection; birth injury; stillbirth; prematurity; hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy; shaken baby; pediatric poisoning, injuries, wrongful death; adult pathology including pulmonary embolism
Analysis of poor perinatal outcome (Help parents understand the process)
Autopsies, placental pathology; re-examination of placenta and autopsy slides
Lectures: eg. Perinatal Grand Rounds on Stillbirth Etiologies
Berkeley Public Health, Maternity & Child Health Consultant; Substance Abuse Task force and Low Birth Weight Prevention Team
Fetal and Infant Mortality Review teams Contra Costa, Alameda, Sonoma, Kern Counties.

Hold locums 2000-Present
Positions in Anatomic (Surgical & Cytopathology) and Clinical Pathology

Laboratory Director: California Medical Facility, Vacaville, CA 1997-2001
Oversaw quality control in clinical laboratory. Conducted quality assurance on surgical pathology specimens sent out. Performed and read bone marrows. Provided in-service training on quality control procedures and other topics for laboratory technologists.

Assistant Laboratory Director: Pediatric, Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Children's Hospital.
Oakland, Oakland, CA 1995-2000
Supervised clinical and anatomic laboratory. Handled children's tumor specimens giving primary diagnoses and preparing specimens for multiple special studies including cytogenetics. Read and reported out flow cytometry. Read unusual hematology smears of malignancies and infectious diseases. Interfaced with clinical physicians regarding laboratory tests, results, and specimens. Lectured to hematology oncology fellows and staff physicians. Resolved blood bank problems including transfusion reaction work-ups and antibody identification. Served as member of Quality Assurance Committee that ensured appropriate procedures following deaths.

Associate Pathology and Nuclear Medicine Physician: St. Luke's Hospital, San Francisco, CA
1992-1994
Served as assistant director of medium-sized hospital clinical laboratory also performing anatomic pathology: frozen sections, surgicals, autopsy, and cytology. Directed blood bank. Developed Concurrent Blood Usage Program with immediate physician feedback and education, which received praise from Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Hospitals (JCAHO). Oversaw quality control processes for the lab: hematology, microbiology, chemistry. Interfaced with physicians. Read Nuclear Medicine scans. Honored with invitation to serve on overall hospital Quality Assurance Committee.

Laboratory Director: Joint Venture between Damon Clinical Laboratories and Mt. Zion Medical
Center/University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 1991-1992
Co-directed several laboratories including Damon satellite facility in Stockton, East Bay Hospital in Richmond and multi physician group laboratories in the Central Valley. Chaired Blood Utilization Committee and sat on Patient Care Committee with all other chairs. Oversaw quality control and quality assurance, managed physician questions, and set up new Damon College of American Pathologists (CAP) certified stand-alone laboratory in Pleasanton, CA.

Associate Pathologist. NorthBay Medical Center, Fairfield, CA 1989-1991
Directed mid-size medical laboratory. Established quality control system for blood glucose testing. Worked with nurse managers to ensure their understanding of system. Introduced state-of-the-art breast tumor marker testing.

Medical Director: Meris Laboratories, San Jose, CA 1988-1989
Directed operations of regional reference laboratory. Prepared lab for first CAP inspection, working with supervisors of five lab sections to meet CAP standards. Supervised upgrade of procedure manuals.

Associate Pathology and Nuclear Medicine Physician: Marshal Hale Memorial Hospital., San Francisco, CA 1986-1988
Chaired Infection Control Committee as it introduced Universal Pathogen Precautions and when it merged with Children's Hospital. Chaired Tissue Committee. Served on Utilization Review Committee.

Medical Organization Affiliations

Fellow, College of American Pathologists
American Medical Women's Association
Academy of Pathology (US and Canadian)
California Society of Pathology
South Bay Pathology Society
Oregon Pathology Association
Fellow, American Society of Clinical Pathology
Society for Pediatric Pathology

Presentations and Publications include

Available upon request.

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