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Certified Forensic Document Examiner Expert Witness


Expert Witness No.558

General Specialties

Neurological Surgery

  • Specialty Focus Traumatic Brain Injury and Spine Trauma, Pituitary Tumors,
  • Degenerative Spinal Conditions, Spinal Instrumentation, Spinal Epidural Abscess, Cauda Equina Syndrome, Cerebral Aneurysm, Microvascular Decompression

Work History

Private Practice

  • SD Neurosurgery, San Diego, California June 2004 – Current

Board Certification and Licenses

  • California Medical License (Active)
  • Oral Neurological Surgery Board Exam, passed November 2009
  • Written Neurological Surgery Board Exam, passed March 1999

Memberships

  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • Korean-American Spine Surgeons
  • San Diego County Medical Society – California Medical Association

Education

Medical School Emory University School of Medicine

  • Doctor of Medicine
  • August 1988 - June 1990, August 1991 - June 1993

Graduate School University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Department of Anatomy

  • Passed Candidacy Oral and Written Exams July 1994 - December 1996
  • Emory University Graduate School

Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences July 1990 - July 1991

  • Undergraduate University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dual Degree: Bachelor of Arts in English and Chemistry August 1984 - June 1988

Post-Doctoral Training

  • July 2002 – June 2004: Chief Resident, Neurosurgical Residency University of California at San Diego, Division of Neurosurgery, San Diego, California
  • January 1997 – July 2002: Neurosurgical Residency

Loyola University Medical Center, Department of Neurosurgery, Maywood, Illinois

  • July 1994 – December 1996: Neurosurgical Research Associate

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Department of Neurosurgery, Little Rock, Arkansas

  • July 1993 – June 1994: Surgical Internship

Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Surgery and Affiliated Hospitals, Atlanta, Georgia

 

Continuing Education

  • 12th World Congress on Brain Injury, New Orleans, LA, Mar 2017
  • 12th Annual Brain Injury Rehabilitation Conference, San Diego, CA, Mar 2017

Awards and Honors

  • Medyssey-KASS Traveling Fellowship to Korea 2017
  • Champions for Health (Formerly San Diego County Medical Society Foundation): Health Heroes Award, Mar 2017
  • Medical School: Emory University School of Medicine (1988 -1990, 1991 - 1993): Awarded Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship 1989
  • College: University of North Carolina (1984 -1988): John Motley Morehead Scholar; Dean’s Honor List; Member of the UNC Honors Program and the North Carolina Fellows Program

Leadership Roles

  • Director of Neurosurgery, Paradise Valley Hospital, 2017
  • Co-chair, Neuroscience Care Line, Scripps Memorial Hospital at Encinitas 2017

Consulting Experience

  • Physician Advisor for HealthTrust, 2017 - Current
  • Consultant for Innovasis, 2015 - Current
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Executive Surgeon Panel for Alphatec Spine, 2009
  • Lumbar Degenerative Spine Executive Surgeon Panel for Alphatec Spine, 2008

Teaching Experience

  • Innovasis Symposium: Spine Care from Childhood to Old Age, Deer Valley, Utah, February 2017
  • AO North America: Principles and Treatment of Spinal Disorders for Residents, Orlando, FL, September 2016
  • Innovasis Symposium: The Innovasis Spine Meeting, Deer Valley, Utah, February 2016
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons Goodman Oral Board Preparation Faculty: Neurosurgery Review by Case Management, Houston, TX, November 2015
  • Innovasis Symposium: Improving the Value of Spine Surgery, Deer Valley, Utah, February 2015
  • DepuySynthes Institute Nursing Education, Principles of Spinal Disorders for Operating Room Personnel. A team approach to AO techniques, Las Vegas, NV, April 2013
  • Course of Continuing Education for World Federation of Neurological Surgeons and Society of Neurosurgery of Chile, Santiago, Chile April 2013
  • Synthes Spine Introduction to the Lateral Lumbar Approach Forum, Minneapolis, MN, April, 2009
  • Minimally Invasive Approaches, X-LIF, Korean American Spine Society Meeting, San Diego, CA, July, 2009
  • Synthes Oracle Spacer System Training Forum, San Diego, CA, August 8, 2009.
  • Synthes Spine Introduction to the Lateral Lumbar Approach Forum, Dallas, TX, August, 2009
  • Synthes Spine Introduction to the Lateral Lumbar Approach Forum, San Francisco, CA, September 2009
  • Synthes Spine Introduction to the Lateral Lumbar Approach Forum, Las Vegas, NV, October 2009

Research Experience

  • A Feasibility Study to Examine the Efficacy of C2-C3 Dermatomal Peripheral Nerve Stimulation in Cognitive Improvements Following Persistent Impairment After Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Principle Investigator
  • Location: Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, San Diego, CA
  • Co-Investigators: Monte S. Bauchsbaum, M.D., Christine Baser R.N., PhD

Sponsor: Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Inc.

Currently under publication

Nanoss: Bioactive Bone Void Filler Post Market Study

A Prospective, Multi-Center, Non-Randomized Study to Assess Lumbar Fusion using Interbody Cages with Autograft in Conjunction with Instrumented Posterolateral Gutter Fusions Using Nanoss Bioactive

Sub-Investigator with Howard Tung, M.D.

Location: Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, San Diego, CA

Sponsor: Pioneer Surgical

Currently under publication

 

The RESCUEicp Study: Randomized Evaluation of Surgery with Craniectomy for Uncontrollable Elevation of Intra-Cranial Pressure

Principal Investigator at the Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla site for an International Study based in Oxford, England

Sub-Investigators: Frank Coufal, M.D., Gail Tominaga, M.D., Fred Simon, M.D.

Currently undergoing publication

 

The Use of Octreoscan as a Diagnostic Tool for Intracranial Neoplasms

  • Co-Principal Investigator in evaluating the role of octreoscan, a nuclear scan based on a somatostatin analog, in preoperative diagnosis and localization and postoperative follow-up of patients with meningiomas and other intracranial neoplasms
  • Location: Department of Neurosurgery; University or Arkansas for Medical Sciences Hospital, John L. McClellan Veterans Administration Hospital, Arkansas Children's Hospital
  • Other Investigators: Ali Krisht, M.D. (P.I.), Oassama Al-Mefty, M.D., F.A.C.S., W. Bruce Cherny, M.D.

 

Hormonal and Radiotherapeutic Treatment of Meningiomas

 

  • Co-Principal Investigator in growing meningioma cell cultures, establishing nude mouse meningioma animal model, and determining therapeutic potential of radiolabeled somatostatin analogs for meningiomas
  • Location: Laboratory of Skull Base Center, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
  • Other Investigators: Ali Krisht, M.D. (P.I.), David L. Davies, Ph.D. (Department of Anatomy), Ossama Al-Mefty, M.D., F.A.C.S., Mingzhong Zheng, M.D.

 

A Skull Base Tumor Model in the Canine

  • Co-Principal Investigator in establishing a skull base brain tumor model in dogs by implanting tumor cells in the roof of the cavernous sinus and to study the effect of immunosuppression on the rate of tumor growth
  • Location: Laboratory of cerebrovascular and neurosurgery studies, Department of Neurosurgery, Emory University School of Medicine and Division Laboratory and Animal Medicine & Laboratory of Skull Base Center, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Other Investigators: Ali F. Krisht, M.D. (P.I.), Kenan Arnautovic, M.D., Ossama Al-Mefty, M.D., F.AC.S.

Publications

Available Upon Request 

 

 

 

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