Aspiration Expert Witnesses

Aspiration 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 aspiration. The aspiration expert witness listings on this page are typically from fields/areas of expertise such as: Anesthesiology, Cardiovascular Disease, Critical Care Medicine, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Medical Management, Nurse Anesthetist, Nursing Homes, Pediatric Pulmonology, Pulmonary Disease, and Speech-Language Pathology.

Divya Chander, MD, PhD D. Chander LLC

San Francisco, California
Anesthesiology - difficult airway, intubation, brain injury / brain damage, hypoxia, hypotension, residual paralysis, narcotics, oversedation, aspiration, PACU, neurosurgical anesthesia, obstetric anesthesia, awareness under anesthesia, brain monitoring, ENT anesthesia, Intraoperative visual loss, drug errors
Dr. Chander is a board certified anesthesiologist and neuroscientist (PhD). She served on the Stanford Anesthesiology faculty for 8 years. At Stanford, her areas of expertise and teaching included general surgery, neurosurgical, ENT/head & neck, orthopedic, and obstetric anesthesia. She has extensive experience with propofol sedation and total IV anesthesia, +/- brain monitoring, and difficult airway. She has trained residents in the OR, on labor & delivery, and through didactic teaching. Over the past several years, Dr. Chander continues to practice anesthesia at several Bay Area hospitals (including a level 1 trauma center). Dr. Chander has also co-founded 2 companies in the healthcare space, in neuro-ICU diagnostics, and creating a platform for integration for public health data. She served on a NASA task force for COVID19, and a global pandemic resilience task force, which she co-chaired and directed. In 2020, she was appointed a Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council. Dr. Chan...

Pejman Golpanian

Beverly Hills, California
Anesthesiology - Difficult Airway,Intubation,Brain Injury,Low Oxygen Sat,Hypoxia,Hypotension,Low Blood Pressure,Residual Paralysis,Narcotics,Aspiration,Allergic Reaction,Pregnancy,Epidural,Awareness,Drug Interaction,Errors,Positioning,Numbness,Ultrasound,Nerve Injury,Nerve Blocks,Fire,Recovery,Death,Coma,Throat,CPR
Dr. Pejman Golpanian is a highly experienced, board-certified Anesthesiologist actively practicing in Southern California. He currently practices and holds privileges at 40+ Outpatient Ambulatory Surgical Facilities and multiple Hospitals in the Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, and Thousand Oaks areas. He has performed well over 10,000 successful anesthetic procedures and is highly trained in all aspects of anesthesiology including General anesthesia, Regional anesthesia with ultrasound guided peripheral nerve blocks, Neuro-axial spinal and epidural anesthesia, sedation with monitored anesthesia care, and local anesthesia. In addition to his practice in the operating room, Dr. Golpanian is also skilled in expert medical-legal review/analysis, report preparation, depositions, and expert witness testimony. He currently provides independent medical examinations, medical opinions, and evaluations for the Veterans Evaluation Services of America. Furthermore, Dr. Golpani...

Wolfgang Steudel, MD

California
Anesthesiology, Cardiovascular Disease - Airway Management, Failed Intubation, Extubation, Aspiration, Endotracheal Tube, Laryngeal Mask, bypass, valve, Muscle Relaxants, Narcotics, Opoids, Hypoxia, Drug Effects, Heart Attack, Death, Brain Damage, Stroke, Respiratory Suppression, Ventilation, Coma, EMR, heart surgery, Atrial Fibrillation
Dr. Steudel is a cardiovascular anesthesiologist with a background in lung research, and trained at Massachusetts General Hospital/ Harvard Medical School. Dr. Steudel clinically active and specialized in cardiovascular anesthesia and difficult airway management, and will provide expert opinion and testimony on those, and other, anesthesia-related topics. Dr. Steudel is board-certified by the American Board of Anesthesiologists, and he was a long-standing member of the Editorial Board of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Steudel is clinically active and he is licensed to practice Medicine in the states of California, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Tennessee, as well as in Germany.

Trevor S. Sutton, MD, MBA, CPE ATS Enterprises, LLC

West Hartford, Connecticut
Anesthesiology - Cardiovascular Anesthesia, Thoracic Anesthesia, Transesophageal Echocardiography, Neuroanesthesia, Liver Transplant Anesthesia, Airway Management, Aspiration, Anesthesia Safety, Perioperative Quality, Trauma Anesthesia, Surgical Positioning, Perioperative Blood Pressure and Hemodynamic Management
Current Position and Qualifications: Assistant Professor University of Connecticut School of Medicine Assistant Professor Frank Netter School of Medicine, Quinnipiac University Staff Anesthesiologist, Hartford Hospital and University of Connecticut Medical Center Diplomate, American Board of Anesthesiology Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners Diplomate, National Board of Echocardiography Past Academic Affiliations: Tufts Mediucal School (2008-2009); Brown University School of Medicine (1998-2008); Wwashington University School of Medicine (1995-1998) Recent Experience: Regional Medical Director, EmCare Anesthesia Services, North Division (2014-2016); Assistant Regional Medical Director, EmCare North Division (2013-2014); Anesthesia Chairman, St Mary's Hospital (2011-2013); President, Rhode Island Society of Anesthesiologists (2006-2008); Delegate, National Medical Association (2010-2012) Internship (Medicine): Massachusetts General Hospital Residency (Anesthesia) an...

Gregg Davis, MD, MBA Gregg Davis MD MBA Ltd.

Princeton, Illinois
Family Medicine, Nursing Homes - nursing home falls, nursing home death, nursing home abuse & neglect, nursing home decubitus ulcers, nursing home pneumonia, nursing home failure, nursing home fractures, skin ulcers, sepsis, pressure ulcers, aspiration, geriatrics, dehydration, dementia, cellulitis
I am a board-certified family physician with thirty-six years of clinical experience in the care of patients in office, hospital, emergency room, and nursing home settings. My skills include serving for thirty years as the medical director while providing direct care to thousands of patients at four skilled care nursing faculties. I am available to provide expert consultation should your firm need an experienced family physician to review a case, provide a certificate of merit, and provide testimony. I provide service to plaintiff firms, defense firms, and insurance companies.

Karen M Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S SwallowStudy.com

Boston, Massachusetts
Speech-Language Pathology, Geriatrics - swallowing, swallowing disorders, dysphagia, oral, pharyngeal, esophageal, oropharyngeal dysphagia, vocal cords, vocal folds, larynx, aspiration, aspiration pneumonia, aspiration precautions, safety, strategies, choke, choking, asphyxiation, hypoxia, anoxia, stroke, dementia, neurological, paralysis
I am a medical Speech-Language Pathologist and a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (BCS-S). I achieved this specialty certification in 2012. I have been a certified, licensed and practicing SLP since 1996, with licensure in Massachusetts from 1998 to current. I have worked with the adult and geriatric populations, specializing in dysphagia evaluation and management in long-term care, rehabilitation centers, and acute care with inpatients and outpatients. I am a 8-time award winner of the ASHA Award for Continuing Education (ACE) in recognition of excellence in continued professional study (as of June 2020). In September 2019, I won the first Hormel Health Labs Health Hero Award: https://www.hormelhealthlabs.com/resources/health-hero-advances-dysphagia-research/ I am the founder of www.SwallowStudy.com: Dysphagia Resource for Professionals and People with Difficulty Swallowing. I provide dysphagia expert consulting to companies and organizations thr...

Eric Perry, DO, FCCA ASG PC

Franklin, Michigan
Anesthesiology - ASC, GI, IVF, Aspiration, arrythmia, hypotension, arrest, heart attack, vocal cords, pneumonia, informed consent, nerve blocks, airway trauma, stroke, extubation, hypoxia, sedation, central lines, postoperative, code, obstructive sleep apnea, dvt PE, drug error, narcotics, postioning, ventilation
I am a board certified Anesthesiologist with over 25 years of experience. I completed my residency at the University of Chicago, and am fellowship trained in anesthesia for Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery. After practicing in a large hospital, I started my own business/practice providing anesthesia services to outpatient surgery centers located throughout Michigan. In addition to my practice, I became a surveyor for AAAHC so that I could act as a consultant on standards of care and certification requirements at the centers I worked at. I also was an ACLS/BLS instructor, and gave lectures on Malignant Hyperthermia.

Robert W. Irwin, MD Pulmonary and Critical Care Services

Troy, New York
Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care Medicine - Pulmonary, respiratory therapy, critical care, Intensive care, Sleep medicine, Lung cancer diagnosis, Pulmonary embolism, Pneumonia, sepsis, Aspiration
Over 60 testimonies- trial and depositions. All aspects of pulmonary and critical care medicine. Both plaintiff and defense. 5 federal case testimonies. Clinical experience - Pulmonary and Critical Care Services providing in patient and out patient diagnosis and care in Albany, Troy and Saratoga NY.

David N Flynn, MD, MBA

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Anesthesiology, Medical Management - Hospital Liability, Hospital Negligence, Mortality Prevention, Quality & Patient Safety, Quality Culture, Communication & Handoff Errors, Delayed & Missed Diagnosis, Early Warning Systems, Wrong Site Surgery, Medication Errors, Airway Management, Aspiration, Obstetric Anesthesia, Nerve Injury
David Flynn is a physician leader, anesthesiologist, and Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Dr. Flynn served as the Lead Physician for Mortality Reduction at UNC Medical Center during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, leading numerous quality initiatives and collaborating with clinicians throughout the hospital to save lives through improved care. Under Dr. Flynn's leadership, risk-adjusted mortality decreased by more than 20% between 2020-21. His team was recognized with the UNC Medical Center Quality and Safety Team Award for 2021 Prior to joining UNC, Dr. Flynn led Perioperative Quality Improvement at Mission Health, a multi-hospital system based in Asheville, NC. Under Dr. Flynn’s leadership, Mission Hospital launched real-time decision support and analytics software that improved clinical care pathway adherence, nearly eliminated antibiotic re-dosing errors, decreased opioid usage, and reduced post-operati...

Erik B Hysinger, MD MSCE

Cincinnati, Ohio
Pediatric Pulmonology - asthma, pneumonia, premature lung disease, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, chronic lung disease, hypoxemia, hypercarbia, tracheostomy, mechanical ventilation, tracheomalacia, bronchomalacia, laryngomalacia, subglottic stenosis, aspiration, bronchoscopy, noisy breathing
Dr. Hysinger is a board certified Pediatrician and Pediatric Pulmonologist and Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pulmonary Medicine at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (ranked #2 by US News) with more the 10 years of clinical experience in Pediatrics. He completed his undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a triple major in chemistry, math and biology. He stay at Vanderbilt for medical school and Pediatrics training. Following residency, Dr. Hysinger complete his Pediatric Pulmonology training at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia where he also obtained a Master's of Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Hysinger joined the faculty at Cincinnati Children's Hospital in 2016 where he founded and serve as the Co-Director of the Cincinnati Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia Center. While he has expertise in a general pulmonology such as asthma and pneumonia, Dr. Hysinger is nationally...

Jill M Krystofinski, MSN, CRNA Burn Anesthesia Resources, LLC

Pipersville, Pennsylvania
Anesthesiology, Nurse Anesthetist - Aspiration, Awareness, Burn Anesthesia, Burn Laser, CRNA, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Drug Effects, Extubation, General Anesthesia, Hypoxia, Malpractice, Monitored Anesthesia Care, Muscle Relaxants, Narcotics, Opioids, Over Sedation, Pharmacology, Positioning, Propofol, Standards of Care
As an experienced expert witness Jill’s 39-year healthcare career consists of: 1) 20 years as a board-certified CRNA active in all anesthesia areas, specializing in burn anesthesia. 2) 19 years of intensive care unit (ICU) critical care RN experience (CCRN certification). 3) Adjunct faculty member for four schools of nurse anesthesia. 4) Lecturer for anesthesia conference companies with national and international destinations. 5) Actively involved in anesthesia research studies. 6) Developer of anesthesia protocols in practice within her anesthesia department. As an experienced expert witness, Jill can provide reports that are concise and well-written. Jill is dedicated to providing expert consultation services in a timely and informative manner.

Wolfgang Steudel, MD

Cookeville, Tennessee
Anesthesiology, Cardiovascular Disease - Airway Management, Failed Intubation, Extubation, Aspiration, Endotracheal Tube, Laryngeal Mask, bypass, valve, Muscle Relaxants, Narcotics, Opoids, Hypoxia, Drug Effects, Heart Attack, Death, Brain Damage, Stroke, Respiratory Suppression, Ventilation, Coma, EMR, heart surgery, Atrial Fibrillation
Dr. Steudel is a cardiovascular anesthesiologist with a background in lung research, and trained at Massachusetts General Hospital/ Harvard Medical School. Dr. Steudel clinically active and specialized in cardiovascular anesthesia and difficult airway management, and will provide expert opinion and testimony on those, and other, anesthesia-related topics. Dr. Steudel is board-certified by the American Board of Anesthesiologists, and he was a long-standing member of the Editorial Board of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Steudel is clinically active and he is licensed to practice Medicine in the states of California, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Tennessee, as well as in Germany.

Michael S Schechter, MD, MPH Children Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University

Midlothian, Virginia
Pediatric Pulmonology - Cystic Fibrosis, asthma, respiratory failure, pneumonia, empyema, hemoptysis, ventilator, airway obstruction, bronchomalacia, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, hypoxemia, aspiration, tracheostomy, interstitial lung disease, respiratory arrest, bronchiectasis, obstructive sleep apnea, ciliary dyskinesia
Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine and Sleep, Children's Hospital of Richmond (CHOR) at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU); Director of the VCU Cystic Fibrosis Center; Director of the CHOR Community Asthma Program; Past Chair of the Section of Pediatric Pulmonology of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP); Associate Editor, AAP Handbook on Pediatric Pulmonology; Past Chair of the Pediatric Program Committee of the American Thoracic Society. Active Clinical Researcher with over 100 publications https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=schechter+ms Knowledgeable in all kinds of neonatal and pediatric respiratory disease. Previous experience in general pediatrics

John Caputo, CRNA, MHS, BSN J & L Anesthesia Services

Bridgeport, West Virginia
Anesthesiology, Nurse Anesthetist - CRNA, anesthesia, airway management, post anesthesia care unit, PACU, central line placement, needle placement, tube placement, falls, IV infiltration, awareness, epidurals, drug effects, hypoxia, propofol, intubation, extubation, aspiration, airway trauma, surgical positioning, tongue protection
CRNA leader. Clinical experience includes general anesthesia, peripheral nerve blocks, spinal and epidural anesthesia. Administrative experience includes documentation auditing, policies, bylaw compliance, root cause analysis, sentinel event investigation and patient safety. Experience with a wide range of practice settings including rural critical access hospitals, office-based anesthesia, medium sized hospitals, large hospitals, and university practices. Expert witness experience includes cases involving management of airways, awareness under anesthesia, IV infiltration, patient falls and epidurals. Extensive experience with chart review / auditing for quality assurance and adverse outcomes. History of presenting lectures on topics ranging from complications of epidural anesthesia, malignant hyperthermia to quality assurance / quality improvement. Currently a clinical preceptor for Excela Health School of Anesthesia for Nurses and the West Virginia University School of Nursing D...