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Healthcare Clinical Engineer Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Biomedical Engineering; Biomedical Equipment; Clinical Engineering; Healthcare Engineering; Healthcare Technology; Hospital Safety; Medical Device Safety; Medical Devices; Medical Electronics; Medical Equipment; Patient Safety

Expert No. 3175

Licenses and Certification:

  • Professional Engineer (PE), State of Delaware, License
  • Certified in Clinical Engineering (CCE) – Healthcare Technology Certification Commission, Certificate # 66
  • Certified Safety Professional (CSP) – Board of Certified Safety Professionals, Certificate
  • Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) – Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety at the National Patient Safety Foundation
  • Fellow, American College of Clinical Engineering (ACCE)

Educational Background:

  • Master of Science (M.S.)
    • Electrical Engineering Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, MO 1973
    • Certificate – Technology in Health Care
  • Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, MO 1973
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
    • Electrical Engineering University of Maryland College Park, MD 1971

Professional Services:

2011-present: HealthCare Consulting Company, North Bethesda, MD (2011-2013 in Wilmington, DE). Expert Consultant for hospitals, medical device companies, legal firms, and insurance carriers. Responsibilities consist of providing biomedical, clinical, and forensic engineering support to clients, that can include incident investigations, reports of findings, as well as expert witness testimony. Expertise comes from over 45 years of Clinical Engineering experience working at the junction of biomedical engineering and the clinical world within hospitals. Strong patient safety focus and medical technology experience with a wide range of medical devices found in hospitals. Expertise in standards related to medical devices, overall healthcare technology and patient safety.

1989-2011: Christiana Care Health System, Newark, DE. Director of Clinical Engineering. Accomplishments included: development of the Clinical Engineering program; supervised a department that provided direct or monitored outside services to provide for preventive maintenance, calibration, repair and in-service education for all medical devices. Led projects for the hospital, such as: the selection and installation of a flexible monitoring system that encompassed major changes in clinical practice and provided tight interface with system-wide Information Services computer network; worked as the team leader to evaluate and implement a new Smart IV Pump technology; and served as a member of hospital committees, including Patient Safety Committee, Environment of Care Committee, and co-chair of the Medical Products Implementation Committee.

1973-1989: Waterbury Hospital, Waterbury, CT. Director of Clinical Engineering. Same responsibilities, similar experience and accomplishments as listed above for Christiana Care Health System.

National Leadership and Recognition:

  • Recipient, AAMI Clinical/Biomedical Engineering Achievement Award (2006) Recipient, ACCE Tom O’Dea Advocacy Award (2018)
  • Recipient, ACCE/HTF Marv Shepherd Patient Safety Award (2012) Co-Chair, AAMI Standards Board (1993-2015)
  • Editorial Board (AAMI) for Biomedical Instrumentation and Technology (1987-2018) Member, AAMI Technology Management Council (2004-2018)
  • Chair, NFPA 99 Technical Committee on Medical Equipment (2007-2015), member (2015-present)
  • Vice President ACCE Board of Directors (2016-2018), Member at Large (2012-2016) Chair, AAMI Maintenance Practices Task Force (2017-present)
  • Member, AAMI Electrical Safety Committee (1975-present) Member, AAMI Infusion Device Committee (2010-present) Member, AAMI Medical
  • AAMI Medical Device Alarm Committee (2011-present)
  • Member, National Coalition for Alarm Management Safety (2011-present) Member, National Coalition for Infusion Therapy Safety (2013-2018)
  • Member, National Coalition to Promote Continuous Monitoring of Patients on Opioids (2014-2018)
  • Member, National Coalition to Promote the Safe Use of Complex Healthcare Technology (2017-present)
  • Member, Advisory Board (ECRI Institute) for Health Devices Journal (2007-2011)

Professional Affiliations:

  • Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) (1973-present) American College of Clinical Engineering (ACCE) (1990-present)
  • American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety (ASPPS) at the National Patient Safety Foundation (2012-present)
  • American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) (~2000-present) National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Healthcare Section (2012-present) Forensic Expert Witness Association (FEWA) (2015-present)

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