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Rehabilitation Physical Medicine Physiatry Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

ADA Compliant Architectural Facility Plans, Adult Cerebral Palsy, Alzheimer’s Disease, Amputation, Anoxic Brain Injury, Baclofen Pump Management, Bedsores,, Brain Injury, Decubitus Ulcers, Fibromyalgia, General Rehabilitation, Joint Replacement, Life Care Planning, Management Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury, Medical Malpractice, Migraine Issues, Movement Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Orthotics, Parkinson’s Disease, Physiatrist, Physiatry, Physical Medicine Rehabilitation, Pressure Sores, Prosthetics, Rehabilitation Physical Medicine, Risk Management Strategies, Skin Wounds, Spasticity, Spinal Cord Injury, Sports Concussions, Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, Vascular Dementia,


Expert Witness No. 2397 is a Board Certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist (Physiatrist) with extensive clinical experience in the management and treatment of traumatic brain injury, anoxic brain injury, stroke, movement disorders and general rehabilitation.  He earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois completing his internship at Norwalk Hospital, Yale University Medical Center and his residency at Boston University Medical Center.  As medical director of a renowned Brain Injury Medicine and Rehabilitation program at a Chicago rehabilitation institute, he developed both inpatient and outpatient seamless patient care programs.  He has also worked as a Neuro-rehabilitation specialist at another rehabilitation hospital in Illinois.

Expert Witness No. 2397 has done research in the field of brain injury medicine and has numerous journal publications.  In addition, he has lectured nationally and internationally (Argentina, Sweden, and Slovenia) on numerous topics dealing with medical management, patient advocacy, facility planning and educational development.  As a recognized expert he contributed to and extensively participated in the development of some educational kits published by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). He has years of experience in risk management and medical/legal fields.  Amongst others, his medical legal work includes having been consulted in the Terry Schiavo and Firestone tire cases.

In addition to his medical education Expert Witness No. 2397 also holds a Masters of Science degree in Urban Planning, Public Management and Policy Analysis.  This gives him the unique perspective in the field of Americans with Disability Act (ADA) design and universal architecture.  His innovative patient floor design and inpatient and outpatient brain injury programs were featured in a nine-page Chicago Tribune article and a Chicago Tribune Magazine article.  He has appeared on Telemundo, Univision and the Discovery channel.  Currently he is working on a fully accessible ADA/universal international inclusion center for a medical center in Illinois.

Current Professional Activities

2007- Present, Senior Medical Consultant for a private medical experts and consulting firm in Chicago, Illinois.

Responsible for medical-legal consultations and case reviews.
Provides life care plans and risk management strategies.
Manages client relationships providing “best in class” consulting services.
Actively assists clients in achieving measurable results and reaching critical business goals.
Develops ADA compliant architectural and facility plans.

2005-2007, Attending Physician, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at an Illinois rehabilitation hospital.

Responsible for acute and sub-acute inpatient and consultation services.
Participated in presentation to the Center for Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services.
Participated in the Concussion Expert Work Group for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Presented 3 hour lecture entitled Brain Injury Medicine: Acute Care, Rehabilitation & Research .
Presented Medical Grand Rounds regarding spasticity and treatment options.
Presented at the monthly meeting regarding traumatic brain injury.
Mentor to University of Illinois medical students regarding clinical practice.
Interviewed regarding brain injury for Daily Herald.
Wrote a review of two books, dealing with memory loss, for the Chicago Tribune.

2004-2006, Medical Director, Rehab Without Walls, Illinois
Provided leadership that resulted in receiving CARF certification.
Educated staff as to the management of the brain injury patient in the home setting.

Past Professional Activities

2004-2005, Healthcare and Rehabilitation Medicine Facility Consultant

Development of the Dawait Al Kuwait Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Facility design for El Valor International Inclusion Center.

2001-2004, Medical Director, Brain Injury Medicine and Rehabilitation Program, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Created and established a cohesive Brain Injury Team throughout the continuum of care.
Developed and designed a state-of-the-art Brain Injury Medicine Floor.
Directly increased the number of inpatient brain injury admits.
Directly responsible for the increase of brain injury inpatient average daily census.
Established consultation relationships with NMH Neuro ICU and Neuro Step-Down ICU.
Established monthly Brain Injury Medicine medical staff meeting.
Developed educational programs for patients, family, staff, and medical team.
Established outpatient clinic to treat patients with mild traumatic brain injury.

1999-2001, Interim Medical Director, Brain Injury Medicine and Rehabilitation Program, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Restructured Brain Injury Program connecting research, advocacy, education, and patient care.
Directly responsible for increase of brain injury inpatient average daily census by sixty percent.
Created inpatient and outpatient brain injury Comprehensive Short-Term Evaluation Programs.
Medically managed national and international multiple trauma patients.
Directly involved in national and international referral development planning.
Established outpatient baclofen pump/spasticity clinic for brain injury patients.
Created brain injury educational programs for staff.

1998-2004, Attending Physician, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Brain Injury Medicine and Rehabilitation Program, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Responsible for inpatient service and outpatient clinics in the brain injury, stroke, general, medically complex, and multiple trauma rehabilitation population.

2001-2004, Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois

Responsible for education and supervision of residents and medical students.

1998-2001, Clinical Instructor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois

Responsible for education and supervision of residents and medical students.

1999-2004, Chairperson, Emergency Medical Services/Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Committee Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Created policy regarding pronouncement protocol and CPR documentation.
Updated inpatient systems to meet current ACLS protocol.
Established mock code protocol for PM&R Residents.
Established EMS/CPR policy for satellite facilities.
Pioneered RIC policy regarding family presence during cardio-pulmonary arrests.
In addition was member of the following committees:

Continuing Professional Medical Education Committee
Respiratory Care Subcommittee
Medical Care Committee
Medical Executive Committee

Academic Professional Activities

International Guest Speaker – Institut Republike Slovenije za Rehabilitacijo
Ljubljana, Slovenia

“Intensive Neuro-Rehabilitation in the Patient with Acute Stage Traumatic Brain Injury”.
Brain injury inpatient and outpatient program development consultation.

Medical-Ethics Consultant: Terry Schiavo Case –  March, 2005
Consulted on the medical condition, level of consciousness and potential for recovery

2003, Lecturer,International Brain Injury Association,Stockholm, Sweden

“Issues in Assessment and Treatment of Vegetative Symptoms, Labile Affect and Depressed Mood in the Traumatic Brain Injury Patient“

Project and Expert Work Group Member
Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Over a period of 3 years, extensively participated in the development of 2 multimedia educational toolkits aimed at physicians and coaches for the early detection of mild brain injury.

2001, International Guest Speaker, Fundacion para la Lucha Contra Enfermedades Neurologicas de la Infancia,
Instituto de Investigaciones Raul Carrea, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Delivered the inaugural speech and gave academic presentation regarding factors influencing recovery and outcome following traumatic brain injury.

Chairperson, Annual Multidisciplinary Brain Injury Courses, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Chaired, presented and coordinated 2-day annual courses.

Advisory Board Member
2004                Maxim Healthcare Services – Professional Advisory Board
1999 – 2004    RIC Injury Prevention Program – Policy Work group
1999 – 2001    Midwest Traumatic Brain Injury Clubhouse

Post Graduate Training

July, 1995-June, 1998, Resident Physician, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Boston University Medical Center and Affiliates
Boston, Massachusetts

July, 1994-June, 1995, Intern Physician, Medicine
Norwalk Hospital, Yale University School of Medicine
Norwalk, Connecticut


May, 1994
Doctor of Medicine
University of Illinois, College of Medicine, Rockford, Illinois

May, 1984
Master of Science, Policy Analysis and Public Management
State University of New York at Stony Brook, W. Averell Harriman College, Stony Brook, New York

May, 1984
Bachelor of Arts, Social Science Interdisciplinary
Minor:  Community and Preventive Medicine
State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, New York


Fellow – American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2003


– ·American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2000, National Board of Medical Examiners, 1996


State of Illinois Department of Professional Regulation

Licensed Physician and Surgeon, (active)

Controlled Substance, (active)

United States Drug Enforcement Agency, (active)

Massachusetts License in Medicine, (expired)

Basic Life Support Certified

Foreign Language

Fluent in Spanish (oral and written)

Clinical Training

Traumatic and Anoxic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord, Amputation, Prosthetics and Orthotics, Musculoskeletal, Geriatrics, General and Cardiac Rehab, EMG, Nerve Blocks, Research, Consult Service, IME, Spasticity and Baclofen Pump Management

Publications and Awards

Available upon request.

Teaching Experience

Instructor/Lecturer experience available upon request.

Media Experience

Print, Television and Film experience available upon request.

Continuing Education

Available upon request.


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