Emergency Medicine Physician Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Medical Doctor, Elder Abuse Neglect, Opioid Prescribing, Nurse Practitioner Physician’s Assistant Supervision, CPR, Code Blue, Heart Attack, Pulmonary Embolism, Head Injury, Fracture, Stroke, Abdominal Pain, Sepsis, Trauma, Ectopic Pregnancy, Rural Hospital ER, Critical Access Hospital Emergency Medicine, Veterans Healthcare, Covid 19,

Education

Oct 2016
Introduction to Biomedical & Health Informatics for Emergency Physicians
American Medical Informatics Association and
American College of Emergency Physicians

Sept 2014
Collaboration and Communication in Healthcare: Interprofessional Practice
University of California San Francisco School of Medicine

Mar 2013
Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (expired 2016)
Society for Simulation in Healthcare

Aug 2008
Teaching Fellowship
Mar 2009
American College of Emergency Medicine, Dallas, TX

July 2003-
Emergency Medicine Residency
June 2006
University of Arizona School of Medicine, Tucson, AZ

Sept 1999-
Medical Degree
June 2003
University of California, San Diego School of Medicine

Sept 1998-
Master of Philosophy with Distinctions in the History of Medicine
Sept 1999
University of Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Sept 1994-
Bachelor of Science with Honors in Biology and History
June 1998
California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA

Certification and Licensure

American Board of Emergency Medicine, 2007 – 2027

California Medical Board , June 2009 – April 2021

Washington State Department of Health, May 2015 – April 2018

Arizona Medical Board, July 2005 – August 2009
Employment

Mar 2019-Present
Owner-Consulting
Provide medical expert witness services
Medical Reviewer, Medical Board of California (Sept 1, 2019 to present)
Curriculum development for healthcare interprofessional education

May 2019-Present
Full Time Physician, Urgent Care
Sharp-Rees Stealy, San Diego, CA
Practicing in five high acuity urgent care clinics around the county

Oct 2016-Present
Per Diem Physician, Emergency Department
Southwest Healthcare System, Murrieta, CA
Provide bedside teaching to medical students in two community hospitals
Inland Valley: Certified Level 2 Trauma Center and Primary Stroke Center
Rancho Springs: Certified Primary Stroke Center

Sept 2014-May 2019
Senior Physician, Medical Consultation and Review
Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of the Inspector General
Office of Healthcare Inspections
Reviewed allegations and published reports on quality of care issues at the VA
Briefed members of congress on report findings
Medical consultant to healthcare inspectors, auditors, and criminal investigators
Responsible for faculty development and physician education

July 2015-Oct 2016
Locum Tenens Physician, Emergency Department
Klickitat Valley Health, Goldendale, WA
48-hour shifts in a rural, federally designated Critical Access Hospital
Via Coast to Coast Staffing (no longer exists)

May 2015
Locum Tenens Physician, Emergency Department
Seneca Healthcare District, Chester, CA
72-hour shifts in a rural, federally designated Critical Access Hospital
Via Coast to Coast Staffing (no longer exists)

July 2009-Sept 2014
Full Time Staff Physician, Simulation Director
Emergency Department
Veterans Healthcare Administration, San Diego, CA
Performed bedside teaching to medical students and residents
Responsible for procedural training and airway privileging

Dec 2009-July 2014
Per Diem Physician, Emergency Department
Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego, CA
Provided bedside teaching to residents in community urban hospital
Certified Level 1 Trauma Center, Primary Stroke Center, STEMI Receiving Center

Nov 2009-July 2014
Per Diem Physician, Emergency Department
University of California, San Diego Healthcare System
Taught medical students and residents in two teaching hospitals
Hillcrest Campus: Certified Level 1 Trauma Center, Comprehensive Stroke Center, STEMI Receiving Center, Regional Burn Center
La Jolla Campus: Comprehensive Stroke Center, STEMI Receiving Center

July 2006-
Full Time Staff Physician, Emergency Department
University of Arizona
Taught medical students and residents in two academic hospitals
University Medical Center: tertiary urban hospital, Level 1 Trauma Center, Comprehensive Stroke Center, STEMI Receiving Center
University Physicians Healthcare at Kino: community hospital

Academic Appointments

July 2015-Present
Assistant Clinical Professor, Medicine Department
University of California, Riverside School of Medicine

July 2009-Present
Assistant Clinical Professor, Medicine Department
University of California, San Diego School of Medicine

July 2006-June 2009
Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine
University of Arizona School of Medicine

Teaching Activities

University of California San Diego School of Medicine
Chairperson of the Interprofessional Education Collaborative, 2013-Present

Continuing Medical Education Course Director, 2014-Present

Clinical Foundation Instructor, 2010-2014

California State University San Marcos, Institute for Palliative Care
Educational Consultant, 2014
Medical consultant for interprofessional teams to develop problem based learning, virtual reality, and standardized patient cases for nursing, speech therapy, kinesiology, and social work students
Developed and presented workshops on teamwork to ~100 staff at Vista Community Clinic

Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System
Emergency Department Simulation Director, 2012-2014
Responsible for training and credentialing of attending physicians who request Out of Operating Room Airway Management privileges
Developed and implemented weekly simulation training for nurses, residents, and students

Clerkship Director, 2010-2014
Responsible for the teaching and evaluation of the fourth year medical students who rotate through the VA emergency department

University of Arizona School of Medicine
Associate Program Director at University Physicians Healthcare at Kino, 2007-2009
Responsible for obtaining accreditation for a new emergency medicine residency
Case Based Instructions Facilitator, 2007-2009

Awards

Department of Veteran Affairs, Office of Inspector General, Inspector General’s Values Award, Dec 2018

Department of Veteran Affairs, Office of Inspector General, Individual Contribution Award, Dec 2017

Department of Veteran Affairs, Office of Inspector General, Assistant Inspector General for Healthcare Inspections Award for Team Work, Dec 2016

Nominated for the Kaiser Excellence in Teaching Award by the UCSD SOM, Classes of 2012 and 2013

National Center of Leadership in Academic Medicine, Class of 2012 Valedictorian

UCSD, Department of Medicine Chief Resident Teaching Award, 2012 and 2010

American College of Emergency Physicians Rising Star Speaker Award, Oct 2009

Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar to Glasgow, Scotland. Sept 1998- July 1999

Groups