Adult Forensic Psychiatry Neurology Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Adult Forensic Psychiatry, Neurology, Internal Medicine, Board of Directors

EDUCATION

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
GAINESVILLE, FL
DOCTOR OF MEDICINE
2003 – 2007

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
GAINESVILLE, FL
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN MICROBIOLOGY BACHELOR OF ARTS IN ANTHROPOLOGY
GRADUATED CUM LAUDE
PHI BETA KAPPA

TRAINING

1998 – 2003
DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRY, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
NEW YORK, NY
FELLOWSHIP
JULY 2012 – JUNE 2013
Fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry

DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRY, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
NEW YORK, NY
RESIDENCY
JANUARY 2009 – JUNE 2012
Residency in General Psychiatry

DEPARTMENT OF NEUROLOGY, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
NEW YORK, NY
RESIDENCY
JULY 2008 – DECEMBER 2008
Residency in Neurology

DEPARTMENT OF INTERNAL MEDICINE, UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
GAINESVILLE, FL
INTERNSHIP
JULY 2007 –JUNE 2008
Internship in General Internal Medicine

WORK EXPERIENCE

ORBIT HEALTH, INCORPORATED
ENCINO, CA CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER
MEDICAL DIRECTOR
MARCH 2020 – PRESENT AUGUST 2019 – FEBRUARY 2020

Assist with development and execution of Orbit Health’s vision through thoughtful leadership and company-wide initiatives
Provide psychiatric and medical leadership to company and oversee clinical operations to all clients
Develop and institute policies and protocols related to delivery of safe and effective health services
Coordinate strategic initiatives and business partnerships to expand footprint of Orbit Health’s services
Prepare and deliver presentations to Chief Executive Officer and Board of Directors about company updates and initiatives
Supervise and monitor all staff and medical providers to ensure high quality medical care
Develop and coordinate effective recruitment strategy for ongoing talent acquisition

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS AND REHABILITATION (CDCR)

SAN QUENTIN, CA
CHIEF OF TELEPSYCHIATRY JANUARY 2019 – JULY 2019
SENIOR PSYCHIATRIST SUPERVISOR, TELEPSYCHIATRY JULY 2015 – JANUARY 2019
STAFF PSYCHIATRIST, TELEPSYCHIATRY JANUARY 2015 – JULY 2015

Provide oversight, psychiatric medical leadership and strategic guidance to the Statewide Telepsychiatry Program, which provides outpatient, inpatient and emergent psychiatric care
Serve as Acting Statewide Chief Psychiatrist during Statewide Chief of Psychiatry absences, overseeing the entire statewide CDCR Psychiatry team
Attract, develop and foster talent, and successfully contributed to the growth of the Statewide Telepsychiatry Program
Collaborate with executive leadership at CDCR to develop innovative protocols on the delivery of Telepsychiatry services
Coordinate with Chief Information Officer, and Information Technology specialists to utilize the latest technology to improve utilization and quality of Telepsychiatry
Oversee and coordinate quality management by monitoring, supervision and conducting evaluations of physicians and other health care providers to ensure high-quality clinical care
Work collaboratively with representatives from Mental Health, Medical, Nursing, Pharmacy on the design and implementation of statewide quality improvement and utilization management projects
Conceive and author budget concept proposals to drive the expansion of statewide Telepsychiatric and other mental health programs
Collaborate with executive level CDCR stakeholders to design and implement statewide policies and procedures on the provision of mental health care
Analyze and interpret both qualitative and quantitative clinical data, and clearly communicate and present findings to respective stakeholders
Through collaboration with the Office of the Special Master, Coleman v. Brown experts, participate in monitoring of compliance of health care policies and procedures, and effective utilization of mental health care services throughout entire CDCR system
Serve as Subject Matter Expert on implementation and utilization of Telepsychiatry services in multiple settings
Provide monitoring, supervision and evaluations of physicians and other health care providers to ensure high-quality clinical care and assist with legal issues, including court-ordered treatment and testifying
Provide both outpatient and emergent psychiatric evaluation and treatment of prisoners via telepresence within CDCR
Participate in Interdisciplinary Treatment Team planning sessions and providing input and consultation to other mental health staff, including physicians, psychologists, social workers, and nursing staff

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN FRANCISCO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
ATTENDING PSYCHIATRIST FEBRUARY 2017 – JULY 2019

Provide psychiatric evaluation and treatment of inmates at the San Francisco County Jail, which is an outpatient, clinical based, model of care
Provide emergent psychiatric evaluation and treatment of patients who present to the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital psychiatric emergency room, including patients in police custody

PRIVATE PRACTICE IN FORENSIC PSYCHIATRY
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
FORENSIC PSYCHIATRIST APRIL 2016 – PRESENT

Litigation consultation and expert witness testimony in both Civil and Criminal cases
Perform very detailed and thorough analysis of mental health reports and clinical findings in order to formulate and communicate thoughtful and insightful expert opinions and rationale

JOHN GEORGE PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL
SAN LEANDRO, CA
PSYCHIATRIC EMERGENCY ROOM STAFF PSYCHIATRIST OCTOBER 2015 – DECEMBER 2018

Provide off-hours emergent psychiatric evaluation and treatment of patients who present to the psychiatric emergency room, including patients in police custody
Participate in interdisciplinary treatment planning and disposition planning
Provide cross-coverage of emergent patient issues on the acute inpatient services

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE/BELLEVUE HOSPITAL
NEW YORK, NY

ATTENDING FORENSIC PSYCHIATRIST/ACTING UNIT CHIEF
JULY 2013 – DECEMBER 2014
PSYCHIATRIST, PSYCHIATRIC EMERGENCY SERVICES
SEPTEMBER 2010 – DECEMBER 2014
FORENSIC PSYCHIATRIST MOONLIGHTER
OCTOBER 2010 – DECEMBER 2012

Provide inpatient psychiatric evaluation and treatment on the forensic inpatient service to individuals under the custody of Department of Corrections and New York Police Department (NYPD)
Oversee unit functions and provide supervision and support to mental health staff, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and nursing staff during Chief absences
Supervise and work closely with trainees, including residents and medical students
Participate in the design and implementation of various research and quality improvement projects
Member of the NYU forensic psychiatric fellowship faculty, assisting with candidate interviews and selection, fellowship curriculum, and providing lectures to the New York area forensic psychiatry fellows (New York University, Columbia University, Rutgers University, and Albert Einstein University)
Provide emergent psychiatric evaluations of patients who present to the psychiatric emergency room, including patients in NYPD custody who require pre-arraignment evaluations
Provide psychiatric evaluations and treatment of prisoners referred from the New York City jail while providing off-hours coverage to the forensic inpatient service.

ACADEMIC APPPOINTMENTS

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
NEW YORK, NY ADJUNCT ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
JULY 2013 – PRESENT

Participate in teaching, supervision and curriculum development within the Division of Forensic Psychiatry

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
CLINICAL INSTRUCTOR
FEBRUARY 2017 – PRESENT

Clinical faculty at UCSF, participating in teaching of trainees

AWARDS

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF FORENSIC SCIENCES
SEATTLE, WA
THE RICHARD ROSNER AWARD FOR THE BEST PAPER BY A FELLOW IN FORENSIC PSYCHIATRY OR FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY
FEBRUARY
2014

A prestigious award given to the best research article based on research conducted during forensic training

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
GAINESVILLE, FL
AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP AWARD
MAY 2007

A prestigious peer-elected award given to an individual who has demonstrated high quality in leadership within the American Medical Association

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
GAINESVILLE, FL
COLLEGE OF MEDICINE LIBERTY SCHOLARSHIP
2003 – 2007

Awarded continuously for four years to a student who has demonstrated excellence in the field of medicine

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
GAINESVILLE, FL
COLLEGE OF MEDICINE TUITION AWARD
2003 – 2007

Awarded continuously for four years to a student who has demonstrated excellence in the field of medicine

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
GAINESVILLE, FL
RONALD E. MCNAIR SCHOLAR
2002

Awarded to an individual demonstrating academic excellence and dedication to the field of research

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
NEW YORK, NY RESEARCHER
OCTOBER 2010 – 2014

Study assessing the prevalence of trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in male forensic psychiatric inpatients
Assist with design, proposal, and implementation and analysis of the study
Mentor: Elizabeth Ford, M.D.

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
GAINESVILLE, FL
RESEARCHER
JULY 2006 – JUNE 2007

Study looking at the perception of dystonia among different religions and ethnic backgrounds
Results were presented at Neurology Conference in Istanbul, Turkey in 2007
Mentor: Hubert Fernandez, M.D.

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
GAINESVILLE, FL
RESEARCHER
AUGUST 2005 – JUNE 2007

Study assessing factors associated with the decreased quality of life in patients with dystonia
Findings were presented at the University of Florida College of Medicine’s medical student research day
Mentor: Hubert Fernandez, M.D.

LECTURES

VIOLENCE RISK ASSESSMENT – FEBRUARY 2013 – NYU SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
PSYCHIATRY AND THE CRIMINAL LAW – MAY 2013 – NYU SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
ASSESSMENT OF TRAUMATIC EXPOSURE AND PTSD AMONG FORENSIC PSYCHIATRIC INPATIENTS – JUNE 2013 –
NYU SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
INFORMED CONSENT – JULY 2014 – NEW YORK AREA FELLOWS (NYU, COLUMBIA, RUTGERS, ALBERT EINSTEIN)
CIVIL COMMITMENT AND TREATMENT OVER OBJECTION – JULY 2014 – NYU SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
HISTORY OF CORRECTIONS – OCTOBER 2014 – NEW YORK AREA FELLOWS (NYU, COLUMBIA, RUTGERS, ALBERT EINSTEIN)
LYING AND MALINGERING – OCTOBER 2014 – NEW YORK AREA FELLOWS (NYU, COLUMBIA, RUTGERS, ALBERT EINSTEIN)
SOCIOLOGY/EPIDEMIOLOGY IN CORRECTIONS – OCTOBER 2014 – NEW YORK AREA FELLOWS (NYU, COLUMBIA, RUTGERS, ALBERT EINSTEIN)
LYING AND MALINGERING – NOVEMBER 2015 – NEW YORK AREA FELLOWS (NYU, COLUMBIA, RUTGERS, ALBERT EINSTEIN)
LYING AND MALINGERING – MAY 2016, NOVEMBER 2016, MARCH 2018, FEBRUARY 2019 – UCSF SCHOOL OF
MEDICINE, FORENSIC PSYCHIATRY FELLOWSHIP
MAJOR PSYCHIATRIC ILLNESSES AND PSYCHIATRIC MEDICATIONS, SEPTEMBER 2018 – CDCR OFFICE OF LEGAL AFFAIRS
CDCR PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES, APRIL 2019– SAN FRANCISCO DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION
2009 – PRESENT
General Member

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PSYCHIATRY AND THE LAW
2011 – PRESENT
General Member
Committees:
Cross-Cultural Issues in Forensic Psychiatry
Liaison with Forensic Sciences
Corrections Initiative

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF FORENSIC SCIENCES
2014 – PRESENT
General Member
Co-Chair, Program Committee, Behavioral and Sciences Section, 2015-2016
Chair, Program Committee, Behavioral and Sciences Section, 2016-2017

COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIPS

DEPARTMENT OF STATE HOSPITALS AND CDCR
PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

CDCR
STATEWIDE PHARMACY AND THERAPEUTICS
CONTINUING HEALTH EDUCATION
CLOZAPINE POLICY REVIEW
INVOLUNTARY TREATMENT WITH MEDICATIONS (CALIFORNIA PENAL CODE 2602)
PSYCHIATRIC INPATIENT PROGRAM POLICY ON DISCHARGES
PSYCHIATRIC INPATIENT PROGRAM POLICY, THERAPEUTIC STRATEGIES AND INTERVENTIONS

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