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Ambulatory Care Medical Expert Witness


Expert Witness No.1795

California

Education

May 2000, JD, The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Washington, DC
Moot Court National Team Member 2000; Siegal Cup Competition (Law and Medicine)

May 1994, BSN, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
The National Dean’s List; Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing

Professional Affiliations

Member of the Bar, State of Maryland
Licensed Registered Nurse in the District of Columbia and California

Experience         

A Hospital located in San Francisco, Internal Medicine
Staff Nurse, September 2005 – Present
Assess baseline patient status and notify physicians of clinical changes. Support care through patient advocacy. Perform role as charge nurse with responsibility of supervising the maximum of 6 nurses, 2 PCAs and 28 patients; evaluate staffing requirements; create nursing assignments based upon medical acuity; orient and train new nurses to the floor and the charge nurse role.  Review and audit patient charts for compliance with JCAHO on a monthly basis.  Promote patient safety practice through educational in-service lectures.

Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker, LLP,  Washington, DC

Associate, February 2004 –  August 2005
Managed complex medical malpractice cases in the District of Columbia and Maryland.  Propounded and answered discovery requests. Negotiated discovery disputes. Researched case law to prepare and argue motions.  Met with clients and developed litigation strategy. Prepared comprehensive reports analyzing factual and legal issues.  Deposed and defended depositions of medical experts. Prepared mediation statements for settlement. 

University of California, San Francisco; Mt. Zion, Surgical Oncology
Travel Nurse, September 2003 - February 2004
Provided post-operative and comfort care for up to 5 patients.

Georgetown University Hospital, Telemetry
Staff Nurse, December 2002 – September 2003
Prepared and recovered 6 - 8 patients after cardiac catheterization and stent placement.

University of California, San Francisco; Parnassus, Medical-Surgical Float Pool
Travel Nurse, December 2001 – December 2002
Responsible for comprehensive nursing care for up to 5 patients in a variety of clinical settings.

Bonner, Kiernan, Trebach & Crociata, Washington, DC
Associate, September 2000 – December 2001
Identified and analyzed factual and legal issues in Plaintiffs’ Complaints and medical records.  Conducted legal research on federal practice and procedure and the tort laws of the District of Columbia and Maryland to develop a reasoned defense for all legal issues in the form of Motions, legal memoranda, and internal memoranda.  Interviewed witnesses and assisted in deposition preparation. Consulted with medical experts in assessing and evaluating liability and causation. Participated in litigation strategy and analysis.

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), Washington, DC
Law Clerk, June 1999 - August 1999
Researched, analyzed, and drafted legal memoranda on health care law, age discrimination, and employment law issues for both trial and appellate litigation. Verified accuracy of cited authorities in amicus curiae briefs. Wrote case abstracts for the Employment Discrimination Law 1999 Supplement.

United States Department of Justice
Civil Division, Federal Tort Claims Act Litigation, Washington, DC
Legal Intern, May 1998 - August 1998
Analyzed medical records and claims against the United States in preparation for recommendations for the authorization of administrative claims in personal injury, medical malpractice, and wrongful death actions. Advised agency counsels on handling administrative claims. Supplemented monographs for Prejudgment and Postjudgment Interest and FTCA Statute of Limitations.

Georgetown University Hospital
Neurology, Short-Stay, Float Pool, Telemetry, Washington, DC
Staff Nurse, May 1995 – September 2000
Provided nursing care for 8 – 12 medical and surgical patients.

New York University Hospital, Neurosurgery, New York, NY 
Staff Nurse, August 1994 – May 1995
Provided pre-operative and post-operative nursing care for 8 – 11 neurosurgical patients. 

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