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Neuro Oncology Molecular Biology Neurosurgery Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Neurosurgical, Neuro oncology, Molecular Biology, Neurosurgery, General Surgery, Trauma, Spine Surgery, Brain Surgery, Spinal Cord Injury, Organ Tissue Committee, Bioethics, Stereotactic, Radiosurgical, CyberKnife, Paragangliomas, Glomus Tumors, Spinal Neoplasms, Cranial Trauma, Plavix Trauma, Radiosurgery, Hemangiopericytomas, Chordomas, Hemangioblastomas, Stem Cells, Thoraco Lumbar, Spine Fusion, Stupor, Coma, Neurological Syndromes, Spinal Conditions, Cervical Disease, Neurosurgical Shunts, Micro lumbar Discectomy, Syringomyelia, Primary Spondylolysis, Quadriplegic, Spinal Stenosis Decompression, Knodt Rod Fusion, Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy, Hangmans Fracture, Axis Vertebra, Mid Cervical Cord Compression, Hyperglycemia, Cerebral Artery Occlusion, Cervical Stenosis, Myosin Filament,utilization, billing coding accuracy, appropriateness of care, quality of care

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Education

M.D., University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1978 to 1982. 

B.A., Molecular Biology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1975 to 1978.

B.S.E., Computer Science, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1975 to 1978.

Residency/Fellowship

Fellow, Neuro-oncology, Stanford/Palo Alto V.A. Hospital, Stanford/Palo Alto, CA, 1989 to 1990.

Fellow, Spinal Cord Injury, Stanford/Palo Alto V.A. Hospital, Stanford/Palo Alto, CA, 1989 to 1990.

Resident, Neurosurgery, Stanford University Hospital, Stanford, CA, 1983 to 1989.

Intern, General Surgery, Stanford University Hospital, Stanford, CA, 1982 to 1983. 
   
Practice Experience

Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, A Hospital in CA, November 2008 to Present. Responsible for CyberKnife radiosurgery for benign and malignant disease. Provides trauma coverage and other on call Neurosurgery coverage. 

Attending Physician, A Medical Center in CA, February 2008 to Present. Responsible for critically ill brain and spine patients at San Jose’s ACS Level I trauma hospital. Specializes in cranial trauma and complex spine surgery. Supervises PA staff, manages department educational calendar, participates in clinical research, and assists with house officer supervision. 

Attending Physician and CEO, Northern California Neurosurgery Medical Group, Inc., Fremont, CA, 1991 to February 2008. CEO of large multispecialty brain, spine and pain practice. Supervised seven to ten attending physicians and 45 to 55 support staff. Served six hospitals and four surgery centers in three counties. Grew a private practice to a company with annual revenues of $18M. Provided over 200 new patient consults per month and served a clinic population of approximately 18,000 patients. Specialized in complex spinal surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery, interventional pain management, and general neurosurgery. Personally performed up to 500 procedures annually. 

Attending Physician, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose, CA, 1989 to 2004. Responsible for all aspects of neurosurgical care. Participated in didactic and clinical education for Neurosurgery and General Surgery house officers. 

Attending Physician, Kaiser Hospital, San Diego, CA, 1991. Provided neurosurgical care. Responsible for clinical training of U.C.S.D. Neurosurgery residents. 

Attending Physician, Palo Alto V.A. Hospital, 1989 to 1990. Provided neurosurgical and spinal cord injury care. Participated in the clinical training of Neurosurgery, Neurology, and Spinal Cord Injury residents. 

Quality Assurance Experience

Consultant, Physician’s Review Network, Allmed and Benchmark Medical 2004 to 2008. Performed QA reviews and utilization reviews for non-governmental agencies.

Consultant, Lumetra, 2003 to 2008. Performed QA reviews for Medicare recipients. Provides quality improvement advice. Recommends implementation of sanctions. 

Independent Medical-Legal and Utilization Review Consultant, 1991 to present. Performs reviews regarding utilization, billing and coding accuracy, appropriateness of care, and quality of care. Performs personal injury evaluations.

Committees

Organ and Tissue Committee member. Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose, CA, 2008 to 2009. Participated in planning and implementation of strategies and policies, organ and tissue procurement.

Bioethics Committee member. Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose, CA, 2008 to 2009. Participated in patient bioethics consultations.

Vice Chief of Surgery, ValleyCare Medical Center Pleasanton, CA, 2003 to 2006. Oversight of surgical staff. Performed QA Review, chart review, morbidity and mortality conferences.

Medical Executive Committee member. TriValley Surgery Center Pleasanton, CA, 1998 to 2006. Responsible for all aspects of surgery center management.

Chair of Bioethics Committee, ValleyCare Medical Center Pleasanton, CA, 2001 to 2004. Built a cohesive team for review of research protocols and for patient bioethics consultations.

Chair of Pain Improvement Committee, ValleyCare Medical Center Pleasanton, CA, 2001 to 2004. Developed JCAHO compliant policies and procedures for hospital based pain services.

California State QME Test Development Committee member. Sacramento, CA, 2000. Subject matter expert in medical practice guidelines and workers’ compensation legal issues. Helped create test sections to validate medical and chiropractic practitioner proficiency.

Associations

Fellow, American College of Surgeons 

Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Society 

Congress of Neurological Surgeons 

American Association of Neurological Surgeons

John Hanbery Society 

Association for Ethics in Spine Surgery

International Stereotactic Radiosurgical Society 

CyberKnife Society

Licenses

California Medical License

New Mexico Medical License

DEA License

Radiology and Fluoroscopy

Hospital Privileges

Sequoia Hospital, Redwood City, CA, Active/Provisional, From December 2008 to present.

Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Stanford, CA, Active/Provisional, From November 2008 to present.

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose, CA. Active, From 1989 to 2004, and February 2008 to present.

ValleyCare Medical Center, Pleasanton, CA. Active/leave of absence. From 1991 to present. Saint Rose Hospital, Hayward, CA. Active/leave of absence. From 1994 to present.

Publications and Presentations

Available upon request.

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