Arthritis Expert Witnesses

Arthritis expert witnesses and consultants listed here may be able to form expert opinions, draft expert witness reports, provide expert witness testimony at deposition and/or trial as or serve as consulting (non-testifying) experts on arthritis. The arthritis expert witness listings on this page are typically from fields/areas of expertise such as: Foot & Ankle Surgery, Hand Surgery, Internal Medicine, Medical Devices, Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedics - Non-Surgical, Pain Management - Medicine, Physical Medicine & Rehab, Physical Therapy, Podiatry, Rheumatology, and Sports Medicine.

Benjamin Cullen, DPM

San Diego, California
Foot & Ankle Surgery, Podiatry - Standard of Care, Malpractice, Disability, Peer Review, Lower Extremity, Arthroscopy. Foot Pain, Foot Surgery, Foot and Ankle Fractures, Ankle Pain, Ankle Surgery, Tendon Tears, Arthritis, Bunions, Reconstructive surgery, trauma, sports medicine, arthritis, hammertoes
Dr. Cullen is a Foot and Ankle Specialist in private practice in San Diego, CA. He is board certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery in both Foot and Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery. After completing his medical training at CSPM in 2010, Dr. Cullen was then accepted to a top residency program at Kaiser Hayward where he served as Chief Resident. He received comprehensive medical and surgical training by leaders in the field covering all variety of pathology in the foot and ankle. Thereafter, Dr. Cullen went into private practice in San Diego, and served as the Chief of Podiatric Medicine & Surgery at Scripps Mercy Hospital for 4 years. He has been the Program Director of the Scripps Mercy Podiatric Surgery Residency since 2020. Dr. Cullen is a Past President of the San Diego Podiatric Medical Society. He is a national lecturer with the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

Joanne Halbrecht, MD Halbrecht Orthopedics Biologics and Sports Medicine

California
Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine - Shoulder, Rotator Cuff, Shoulder Instability, SLAP lesion, Impingement, Labral Tear, Knee, ACL Tear, MCL Tear, Meniscus Tear, Patella Dislocation, Arthritis, Arthroscopy, Sports Medicine, Cartilage, Stem Cell Therapy, Regenerative Medicine, Mechanism of Injury, Causation
Dr. Halbrecht is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon fellowship-trained in Sports Medicine with over 25 years of experience in private practice. She specializes in the conservative and surgical treatment of musculoskeletal injuries. Dr. Halbrecht has been recognized for her expertise in arthroscopic surgery. As a result, she has taught courses in knee and shoulder arthroscopy at the Orthopedic Learning Center in Chicago to orthopedic surgeons from all over the world. She has several publications in orthopedic journals and has been a team physician for football and hockey. The unique combination of her medical training and undergraduate degree in Engineering offers special expertise on causation. She has extensive medical-legal experience and has performed over 1000 IMEs serving as an expert for plaintiff and defense. She is known for taking complicated medical cases and terminology and presenting it in an organized fashion, using lay terms that are easy for all parties to comprehen...

Mikiko Murakami, DO

Campbell, California
Pain Management - Medicine, Physical Medicine & Rehab - Spinal cord injury, Low back pain, Neck pain, Shoulder rotator cuff, Knee, Hip, Fracture, Amputation, Arthritis, Laceration, Headache, Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), Motor Vehicle Accident, Construction Accident, Crush Injury, Medical Malpractice, Forklift, Cumulative trauma
Dr. Mikiko Murakami is double-board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine. Her current practice: * Private practice * Adjunct Assistant Professor at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine * Qualified Medical Examinations (QMEs) for the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) * Expert Witness Her publications and lecture topics include neuromodulation (spinal cord stimulator), acupuncture, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), musculoskeletal pain, acupuncture, regenerative medicine and integrative medicine. Dr. Murakami has served many attorneys and claimants in cases involving: * Falls * Motor vehicle accidents * Construction accidents * Premises liability * Ladder accidents * Forklift accidents * Cumulative trauma * Product liability * Abuse * Crush Injuries Dr. Murakami has also served claimants who have suffered conditions such as: * Spinal cord injuries * Spinal cord stimulator failures * Low back injuries * Neck injuries * Shoulder injuries * Ro...

Michael J Oechsel, MD California Orthopedics and Spine

San Francisco, California
Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedics - Non-Surgical - Trauma, Injury, Fracture, Open, Closed, Extremity, Spinal, Musculoskeletal, Dislocation, Subluxation, Tear, Rupture, Sprain, Strain, Crush, Surgical, Fixation, Reduction, Arthritis, Joint, Bone, Ligament, Tendon, Disc, Laceration, Non-surgical.
Dr. Oechsel has actively practiced as an Orthopedic Surgeon for over 33 years as a general Orthopedist and continues to do so. He has experience with almost all aspects of this field. Dr. Oechsel can render opinions on many different Orthopedic issues. This allows him to address multiple issues, injuries and problems in any single case, if needed. He prides himself in taking on the most complex cases and understands all the Orthopedic aspects of a case. Reviews, reporting, preparation, and testimony are meticulously detailed. For over twenty years, Dr. Oechsel has performed medical-legal expert witness work including Independent Medical Examinations, Independent Medical Record Reviews, depositions, and testimony. He has participated in over 150 depositions and has testified in about 40 trials. His opinions are well respected, as he continues to be retained by both the Defense and Plaintiff bar. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

Laura Sonoda, MD, MPH Tri-Valley Orthopedic Specialists

San Ramon, California
Hand Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery - Carpal tunnel release, cubital tunnel, Dupuytren’s release and Xiaflex, DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis, trigger finger release, ganglion cysts, fractures, arthritis, sports, joint replacement, LRTI, arthroscopy, tendon repair, tendon transfer, nerve repair, non operative, microscopic hand surgery
Dr. Laura Sonoda is a board-certified Orthopaedic surgeon with subspecialty training in hand and upper extremity surgery. In addition to her practice, Dr. Sonoda has been involved in depositions and IMEs. She also boasts several publications describing novel techniques, clinical review, and cadaver anatomical biomechanical studies. Dr. Sonoda completed her fellowship in Sacramento at UC Davis, her orthopedic surgery residency in Orange, CA at UC Irvine, and her medical school training at USC Keck School of Medicine. She also spent a year in New Orleans obtaining a Masters in Public Health degree with emphasis in epidemiology at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Dr. Sonoda was raised in the East SF Bay Area, and is happy to return to the area to raise her family. During childhood, she trained as a competitive gymnast and maintains an understanding of the mindset of an athlete. During her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, working out ...

Glenna Tolbert, MD Tolbert Rehabilitation

Beverly Hills, California
Physical Medicine & Rehab, Pain Management - Medicine - Spinal Cord Medicine, Independent Medical Exam, Life Care Planning, Orthopedics - Nonsurgical, Carpal tunnel syndrome, neck pain, back pain, sports injuries, industrial/work injuries, herniated disc, pinched nerve, arthritis, stroke, brain injury, concussions
Dr. Glenna Tolbert, MD Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation • Dr. Tolbert is a double board-certified physician who has specialized in physical medicine, rehabilitation and spinal cord injury medicine for 25+ years • She teaches and publishes her approaches to regenerative medicine as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA’s David Geffen School Of Medicine • Graduate of UCLA • Completed medical school at Howard University’s Medical School • Interests: Carpal tunnel syndrome, neck pain, back pain, sports injuries, industrial/work injuries, herniated disc, pinched nerve, arthritis, stroke, brain injury, concussion • Received the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Outstanding Tutor Award in recognition of the exceptional quality of her teaching in the problem-based learning component of the human biology and disease medical education curriculum • She is certified by the State of California as a Qualified Medical Examiner (QME) for workers injured on the job • Dr. Tol...

Joseph Borrelli, Jr., MD, MBA

Palm Harbor, Florida
Orthopedic Surgery - total hip arthroplasty, total knee arthroplasty, total shoulder arthroplasty, complications associated with total joint arthroplasty, fractures, infections of the musculoskeletal system, compartment syndromes, osteomyelitis, arthritis, joint replacement, fracture nonunion, fracture malunion, PTOA
Board Certified orthopedic surgeon with more than 3 decades of active clinical practice experience. Award winning Professor of orthopedic surgery at major medical centers including the University of South Florida, Tampa, FL; The Hospital for Special Surgery, Cornell University, Weill College of Medicine,NY, NY; Washington University in St. Louis; and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX. Decades long experience in teaching medical students, orthopedic surgery residents and orthopedic trauma fellows. Invited lecturer on a host of orthopedic surgery issues locally, nationally and internationally. Widely published in multiple orthopedic surgery peer-reviewed journals, recognized researcher, author and medical editor of textbooks and professional journals. Experienced expert witness in multiple medical malpractice cases, including personal injury cases for the United States Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida and Veteran's Claims and Appeals speciali...

Thomas Zizic, BS, MD

Tierra Verde, Florida
Rheumatology, Medical Devices - Corticosteroids, Avascular Necrosis Bone, Osteoporosis, Osteonecrosis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Connective Tissue Diseases, Osteoarthritis, Arthritis, Vasculitis, Polymyositis, Immunology, Polymyalgia Rheumatica
Associate Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD for approximately twenty years. Major research in osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, osteoneerosis, systemic lupus erythematosus, polymyalgia rheumatica, polymyositis and a variety of other diseases that have an immunologic basis. Published approximately 100 articles and abstracts in peer reviewed journals as well as several dozen chapters in textbooks of medicine. Dr. Zizic has extensive experience as an invalidity and as a non-infringement expert in patent litigation. Research Office: 8415 Bellona Lane, Ste. 811, Towson, MD 20214

Paul V Spiegl, MD Perimeter Orthopaedics

Atlanta, Georgia
Foot & Ankle Surgery, Podiatry - All adult foot and ankle problems including fractures, sprains, trauma, arthritis, sports, congenital deformities, reconstructive surgery, and infection
Orthopaedic training at Duke. Fellowship trained in Foot and Ankle Surgery at the Mayo Clinic, Board certified in 1986 with re-certification in 1996, 2006 and 2016 and now on the MOC pathway for recertification in 2026. Dr. Spiegl has performed a wide spectrum of surgical procedures and continues a full time clinical and surgical practice. Dr. Spiegl provides non-operative treatment, independent medical examinations, as well surgical treatment. Since beginning practice in 1983 as the first fellowship trained orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeon in Georgia, he has gained extensive experience treating a wide spectrum of conditions from straightforward to the most complex.

Darren W. Volk, MS, PT, CLT Third Opinion MD, LLC

Clayton, Georgia
Physical Therapy, Orthopedics - Non-Surgical - Physical Therapy, Acute Care, Range of Motion, Automobile Accident, Vehicle Injury, Arthritis, Hyperextension, Orthopedics, Exercise, Extension, Abduction, Rehabilitation, Wellness, Muscle Flexibility, Adduction, Wound Care, Pain, Rehab Protocol, Cervical
Licensed Physical Therapist with more than 27 years of experience. Served as an expert witness on automobile accident injuries. Available for medical records review, case disposition analysis, depositions and court testimonies.

Mark D Santi, MD

Honolulu, Hawaii
Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine - trauma, arthritis, lower extremity reconstruction, sports injuries, fracture care, accidents, causation, operating room safety, hospital liability
Over 30 years of operative orthopedic experience treating traumatic and sports related injuries with a subspecialization in lower extremity deformity and arthritis. Over 18 years experience as Chief of Surgery overseeing all surgical departments and anesthesia at a major metropolitan hospital and its affiliated clinics. Over 10 years experience as the orthopedic team physician at a Division 1 NCAA football program providing on field coverage. Over 25 years experience in report writing, deposition and trial testimony. Clinical Assistant Professor at the John A Burns School of Medicine, Univ of Hawaii, Dept of Surgery teaching orthopedic residents and students since 1994.

Joanne Halbrecht, MD Halbrecht Orthopedics Biologics and Sports Medicine

Hayden, Idaho
Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine - Shoulder, Rotator Cuff, Shoulder Instability, SLAP lesion, Impingement, Labral Tear, Knee, ACL Tear, MCL Tear, Meniscus Tear, Patella Dislocation, Arthritis, Arthroscopy, Sports Medicine, Cartilage, Stem Cell Therapy, Regenerative Medicine, Mechanism of Injury, Causation
Dr. Halbrecht is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon fellowship-trained in Sports Medicine with over 25 years of experience in private practice. She specializes in the conservative and surgical treatment of musculoskeletal injuries. Dr. Halbrecht has been recognized for her expertise in arthroscopic surgery. As a result, she has taught courses in knee and shoulder arthroscopy at the Orthopedic Learning Center in Chicago to orthopedic surgeons from all over the world. She has several publications in orthopedic journals and has been a team physician for football and hockey. The unique combination of her medical training and undergraduate degree in Engineering offers special expertise on causation. She has extensive medical-legal experience and has performed over 1000 IMEs serving as an expert for plaintiff and defense. She is known for taking complicated medical cases and terminology and presenting it in an organized fashion, using lay terms that are easy for all parties to comprehen...

Vishnu Potini, MD, MBA, FAAOS HealthAdvise

Bloomington, Illinois
Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine - fractures, arthritis, fracture nonunion/malunion, arthroscopic Surgery of all knee and shoulder, Rotator Cuff, ACL Reconstruction, Shoulder Instability Repair, Labrum Repairs, Arthroscopic Knee Surgery, Meniscus, Arthroscopy, Knee ligament, tendon injuries, hand/wrist/elbow tendon and ligament
Dr. Vishnu Potini is an Orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine, arthroscopy, general trauma, overuse conditions, tendinopathies, hand/carpal tunnel, joint arthritis, and knee or shoulder pain injections for over 13 years. Training Medical Emory University 2011 Residency Rutgers University-New Jersey Medical School 2011-2016 Fellow Detroit Medical Center 2016-2017 Orthopaedic Surgery-Sports Medicine Fellow MBA Kellogg School of Management Northwestern University 2020-2022 Certifications ABOS Orthopaedic Surgery Board ABOS Orthopaedic Sports Medicine CAQ Gel One Knee HA injection treatment

David John, MD

Mission Hills, Kansas
Rheumatology, Internal Medicine - Auto Immune Disorders, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis, Connective Tissue Diseases, Fibromyalgia, Medical Orthopedics, Osteoporosis, Osteonecrosis

Nicholas Elisseou, MD, MBA

Newton Center, Massachusetts
Hand Surgery - Hand Surgery, Wrist Surgery, Peripheral nerve surgery, Sports medicine of the hand and wrist, Impairment Ratings, Personal Injury, Industrial Injury, Carpal tunnel, trigger finger, fractures, arthritis, sports, joint replacement, thumb arthritis, tendon repair
Dr. Elisseou is a board-certified practicing Hand Surgeon with offices at Norwood Orthopedic Associates and Nashoba Valley Medical Center. He also practices at the Providence VA Medical Center. Dr. Elisseou earned his medical degree at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed his residency in General Surgery at Brown University, where he was selected to serve as Executive Chief Resident in his final year of training and received the prestigious Outstanding Resident Teacher award. He completed his fellowship at the Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery at the University of Louisville. He is an Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Boston University. He has served as a hand and wrist consultant for the Massachusetts Pirates. Dr. Elisseou was recognized as a Top Doctor by Castle and Connolly and Boston Magazine in 2022.

Akash Gupta, MD

Portland, Oregon
Orthopedic Surgery, Foot & Ankle Surgery - Foot surgery, ankle surgery, bunion, Achilles, fracture, joint replacement, sports medicine, arthritis, sprain, tendon tear, revision surgery, knee, lower extremity, arthroscopy, cartilage, hip surgery, upper extremity, trauma
Dr. Gupta is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon with fellowship training in foot and ankle reconstructive surgery. He completed orthopaedic residency at the University of Washington/Harborview Medical Center, one of the world's busiest and most respected orthopaedic trauma hospitals. He then completed a highly prestigious fellowship in foot and ankle reconstructive surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, which is annually considered the top orthopaedic hospital in the nation. Dr. Gupta has been in private practice for 6 years and practices general orthopaedic surgery with a focus on foot and ankle disorders. He treats common conditions such as bunions, hallux rigidus, and flatfeet. Dr. Gupta is one of a handful of foot and ankle surgeons nationwide with training in minimally invasive foot and ankle surgery. He also treats degenerative conditions such as ankle arthritis and tendon dysfunction for which he performs ankle replacements and soft tissue reconstructio...

Asif Ilyas, MD,MBA,FACS

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Hand Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery - vaccine injury, nerve damage/compression, carpal tunnel, cubital tunnel, brachial plexus, opioids, narcotics, pill mills, trauma, fractures, compartment syndrome, amputation, scarring, arthritis, infection, MRSA, trigger finger, tendonitis, epicondylitis, medical device design, causation, disability
Thought leader, prolific researcher, and dedicated educator. Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Holds a Subspecialty Certificate of Added Qualification in Hand Surgery. Active clinical practice at the Rothman Orthopaedic Institute in Philadelphia focusing on hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder, and nerve injuries. Completed his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at the Temple University Hospital and his Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital as a Harvard Fellow. Holds the rank of Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Thomas Jefferson University. Serves as the Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery Fellowship Program Director as well at Jefferson. Previously served as an Assistant Professor at the Temple University Hospital and Clinical Instructor at the Harvard Medical School. Recipient of numerous honors and awards, including being annually recognized by Castle & Connolly Top Doctors for Philadelphia. Received multiple teaching ...

Jeffrey E. Budoff, MD SouthWest Orthopedic Group

Houston, Texas
Hand Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery - Hand, Wrist, Elbow, Shoulder, Arm, Upper Extremity, Rotator Cuff, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, Pain, Trauma, Reconstruction, Fractures, Dislocations, Arthritis, Nerve Injuries, Tendon Injuries, Infection, Causation, Independent Medical Examinations / IMEs, Workers Compensation
Jeffrey E. Budoff, MD is a Board Certified Orthopedic Hand & Upper Extremity surgeon, with a Certificate of Additional Qualification in Hand Surgery. He specializes in the Hand, Wrist, Elbow & Shoulder. Dr. Budoff completed two fellowships, in both Hand Surgery and Sports Medicine. Dr. Budoff was previously an Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the Baylor College of Medicine, where he taught residents and fellows for nine years. Dr. Budoff has edited 7 textbooks and part of another, written 47 peer-reviewed papers and authored 23 textbook chapters. He is an expert in arthroscopic and open surgery of the Hand, Wrist, Elbow and Shoulder. Dr. Budoff served as an Associate Master Instructor of shoulder arthroscopy for a national organization, where he taught other practicing orthopedic surgeons the most up-to-date techniques. He was an Associate Editor for the Journal of Hand Surgery and a Reviewer for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, two of the most prestigious orthop...

Joseph R Disabato, DPM Virginia Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates, www.vfasa.com

Charlottesville, Virginia
Foot & Ankle Surgery, Podiatry - Ankle replacement, foot and ankle trauma, bunions, hammertoes, dropfoot deformity, nerve disorders, lower extremity wounds, sports medicine, flatfoot, hi arch, tendon disorders, plastic surgery and reconstruction - soft tissue coverage, arthritis, bone lengthening, heel pain, microsurgery,
Triple board certified Fellowship trained in foot and ankle trauma/reconstructive surgery Website: www.vfasa.com