Laparoscopy Expert Witnesses

Laparoscopy 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 laparoscopy. The laparoscopy expert witness listings on this page are typically from fields/areas of expertise such as: Bariatric Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery, General Surgery, Gynecology, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology, and Trauma Surgery.

Steven M Fendley, MD, FACS Wiregrass Surgical

Dothan, Alabama
General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery - endoscopy, colonoscopy, open hernia, laparoscopic hernia, robotic hernia, cholecystectomy, mastectomy, lumpectomy, breast biopsy, lymph node mapping biopsy, gastric sleeve, robotic bariatric surgery, appendectomy, colectomy, hemorrhoidectomy, laparoscopy, breast cancer, da Vinci, reflux
With over 34 years experience and over 45,000 surgical cases/procedures in a high volume general surgery practice for which he is the senior partner, Dr. Steve Fendley has extensive experience and expertise in open, laparoscopic and robotic surgery. He was an early adopter of the da Vinci Robot platform and immersed himself in training on the da Vinci in 2012, now having completed over 2,400 robotic cases, while continuing a full general surgery practice, with a high volume of hernia repair, EGD/colonoscopy, mastectomy, colectomy, gastric sleeve, appendectomy, cholecystectomy as well as other common general procedures. Robotically, he specializes in hernia repair, gastric sleeves and anti-reflux surgeries. He currently serves as the Medical Director of Robotic Services at Flowers Hospital. He led the transition regionally from open to laparoscopic surgery, and now to da Vinci Robotic general surgery, serving as a site mentor and consultant for Intuitive Surgical. His vast ex...

Amy Sarver, MD

Cave Springs , Arkansas
Obstetrics & Gynecology - obgyn, shoulder dystocia, fetal birth injury, VBAC, Cesarean section, vacuum delivery, laparoscopy, hysteroscopy, hysterectomy, maternal birth injury, fibroids, ectopic pregnancy, hormones, failure to diagnose cancer
Board certified, expert witness experience

Peyman Banooni, MD

Beverly Hills, California
Obstetrics & Gynecology - obgyn, shoulder dystocia, fetal birth injury, VBAC, Cesarean Section, Endometriosis, Vacuum Delivery, Laparoscopy, minimally invasive surgery, Hysteroscopy, Hysterectomy, Essure, Maternal Birth Injury, Fibroids, Failure to Diagnose Cancer, Ectopic Pregnancy, Infertility, Hormones
Dr. Banooni is a board ceritified ob/gyn with over 15 years of experience. He is currently in private practice practicing obstetrics and gynecology. His areas of emphasis are minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, high risk obstetrics, and office related procedures. He has experience as an expert witness in legal cases and has also served as an expert for the medical board of California. He has served on the peer review committee at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for over 2 years. In addition, Dr Banooni is involved in clinical research as the primary investigator for multiple FDA trials.

Melissa G. Drake, MD

Santa Barbara, California
Obstetrics & Gynecology - reproductive, high-risk pregnancy, gynecologic surgery, hysterectomy, laparoscopy, preterm labor, ectopic pregnancy, lactation, Caesarean section, incompetent cervix, hypertensive disorders, VBAC, TOLAC, malpresentation, shoulder dystocia, abnormal labor, gestational diabetes, obstetrical hemorrhage
I obtained my medical degree at the University of Arizona and completed residency training at George Washington Hospital in Washington, DC, where I carried a medical license in three different jurisdictions (VA, MD, and DC). During this time, I worked at hospitals where 2,000 - 10,000 babies were delivered annually and gained experience in both low- and high-risk pregnancy, as well as obstetrical emergencies including shoulder dystocia, hemorrhage, amniotic fluid embolus, seizure, and stroke. My particular areas of interest include TOLAC/VBAC, cesarean section, labor pain relief, patient autonomy, and medical ethics. My strengths include a robust verbal persuasive ability, strong written and verbal communication skills, a tenacious work ethic, and the ability to solve problems creatively.

Daniel F. Rychlik, MD

Santa Barbara, California
Obstetrics & Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology - Reproductive Medicine, Infertility, Endometriosis, fetal development, Adenomyosis, recurrent pregnancy loss, miscarriage, hysteroscopy, menorrhagia, PCOS, polycystic ovary syndrome, laparoscopy, ovarian mass, ovarian torsion, ectopic pregnancy, fallopian tube, puberty, precocious puberty, genetics
An internationally recognized fertility specialist, I have given lectures across the globe and have been helping people achieve their dreams of building a family for over a decade. I am double board-certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Obstetrics and Gynecology and hold admitting privileges at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. I also work closely with urology specialists to treat severe male factor infertility. I have constructed, cultivated, and expanded multiple infertility clinics around the country, and have served as a mentor for other fertility specialists and have teaching experience at all levels, from medical students to fellows to colleagues. I received my BS, MD, and residency at the University of Illinois, and moved on to complete a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the prestigious University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine. I was one of the first private practice physicians to receive the prestigious CREST scholarship, in conju...

James G Tappan, MD JAMES G. TAPPAN, M.D.

San Mateo, California
Obstetrics & Gynecology - OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY, LAPAROSCOPY, BIRTH INJURY, LABOR MANAGEMENT, FETAL MONITORING, OBSTETRICAL COMPLICATIONS, CEREBRAL PALSY, CESAREAN SECTION, GYNECOLOGICAL SURGERY COMPLICATIONS, VACUUM AND FORCEPS DELIVERY, ABORTION, SEXUAL ASSAULT.
BOARD CERTIFIED IN OB & GYN SINCE 1976 AND VOLUNTARILY RECERTIFIED ANNUALLY SINCE 1999; FELLOW OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF OB & GYN; FELLOW OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS; EXPERT REVIEWER FOR THE MEDICAL BOARD OF CALIFORNIA; TEACHING FACULTY IN THE DEPARTMENT OF OB-GYN AT THE DAVID GRANT USAF MEDICAL CENTER, TRAVIS AFB, FROM MAY 2006 TO MAY 2012; PROFESSIONAL STAFF, DEPT OB-GYN, BARSTOW COMMUNITY HOSPITAL SINCE JUN 2012; MEDICAL STAFF, DEPT OB-GYN AT ALTA BATES SUMMIT MEDICAL CENTER, BERKELEY, CA, 2016-2017; EXPERTISE IN PEER REVIEW, CASE ANALYSIS, WRITTEN REPORTS, AND TESTIMONY AT DEPOSITION AND TRIAL IN PLAINTIFF & DEFENSE MALPRACTICE CASES AND CRIMINAL CASES INVOLVING ALLEGED SEXUAL ASSAULT; EVALUATION OF IMPACT OF ACCIDENTS ON PREGNANCIES; WILLING TO TRAVEL.

Steven M Fendley, MD, FACS Wiregrass Surgical

Florida
General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery - endoscopy, colonoscopy, open hernia, laparoscopic hernia, robotic hernia, cholecystectomy, mastectomy, lumpectomy, breast biopsy, lymph node mapping biopsy, gastric sleeve, robotic bariatric surgery, appendectomy, colectomy, hemorrhoidectomy, laparoscopy, breast cancer, da Vinci, reflux
With over 34 years experience and over 45,000 surgical cases/procedures in a high volume general surgery practice for which he is the senior partner, Dr. Steve Fendley has extensive experience and expertise in open, laparoscopic and robotic surgery. He was an early adopter of the da Vinci Robot platform and immersed himself in training on the da Vinci in 2012, now having completed over 2,400 robotic cases, while continuing a full general surgery practice, with a high volume of hernia repair, EGD/colonoscopy, mastectomy, colectomy, gastric sleeve, appendectomy, cholecystectomy as well as other common general procedures. Robotically, he specializes in hernia repair, gastric sleeves and anti-reflux surgeries. He currently serves as the Medical Director of Robotic Services at Flowers Hospital. He led the transition regionally from open to laparoscopic surgery, and now to da Vinci Robotic general surgery, serving as a site mentor and consultant for Intuitive Surgical. His vast ex...

ERIC S PULSFUS, MD

SAINT AUGUSTINE, Florida
Obstetrics & Gynecology - HIGH RISK OBSTETRICS, COMPREHENSIVE GYNECOLOGY, HORMONE REPLACEMENT, PELVIC PROLAPSE, VAGINAL SURGERY, LAPAROSCOPY, INCONTINENCE SURGERY, ABLATION, BIRTH INJURY, ECTOPIC PREGNANCY, ENDOMETRIOSIS, HYSTERECTOMY, GYN CANCER DIAGNOSIS, FIBROIDS, HYSTERECTOMY, POST PARTUM HEMMORRHAGE, PREECLAMPSIA, VBAC,
I am a common sense, down to basics, and straightforward communicator. I have lead my institutions, on multiple patient surveys, where "patient felt doctor communicated effectively". I've led a 23-year busy practice in obstetrics and gynecology with great patient satisfaction, high quality outcomes, and no malpractice judgments/settlements. I am an efficient and accessible expert who can efficiently evaluate any Ob/Gyn case.

Steven M Fendley, MD, FACS Wiregrass Surgical

Georgia
General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery - endoscopy, colonoscopy, open hernia, laparoscopic hernia, robotic hernia, cholecystectomy, mastectomy, lumpectomy, breast biopsy, lymph node mapping biopsy, gastric sleeve, robotic bariatric surgery, appendectomy, colectomy, hemorrhoidectomy, laparoscopy, breast cancer, da Vinci, reflux
With over 34 years experience and over 45,000 surgical cases/procedures in a high volume general surgery practice for which he is the senior partner, Dr. Steve Fendley has extensive experience and expertise in open, laparoscopic and robotic surgery. He was an early adopter of the da Vinci Robot platform and immersed himself in training on the da Vinci in 2012, now having completed over 2,400 robotic cases, while continuing a full general surgery practice, with a high volume of hernia repair, EGD/colonoscopy, mastectomy, colectomy, gastric sleeve, appendectomy, cholecystectomy as well as other common general procedures. Robotically, he specializes in hernia repair, gastric sleeves and anti-reflux surgeries. He currently serves as the Medical Director of Robotic Services at Flowers Hospital. He led the transition regionally from open to laparoscopic surgery, and now to da Vinci Robotic general surgery, serving as a site mentor and consultant for Intuitive Surgical. His vast ex...

Brian S Myers, MD, FACS

Stockbridge, Georgia
General Surgery - LAPAROSCOPY, STOMACH, BOWEL OBSTRUCTION & TUMORS, COLON CANCER & DIVERTICULITIS, GERD, FUNDOPLICATION, PARAESOPHAGEAL HERNIA, DIAPHRAGMATIC HERNIA, ABDOMEN & INGUINAL HERNIA, ACHALASIA, ADRENAL TUMORS, SPLEEN, BILIARY, CHOLECYSTITIS, ZENKER'S DIVERTICULUM
A practising general surgeon with a particular emphasis on minimally invasive techniques in the state of Georgia since 1999, my practice covers the breadth of general surgery from the common (i.e. cholecystectomies) to the rare (pheochromocytomas). Serving in leadership positions and on medical committees where I review charts on a regular basis in order to make challenging decisions on colleague's conduct and judgement has given me the skills to expeditiously review charts and make well thought out grounded recommendations.

Andrew Deutsch, MD

Northbrook, Illinois
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Hospital and Office OB-GYN, Labor Management, VBAC, Uterine Rupture, Postpartum Hemorrhage, Preeclampsia, Shoulder Dystocia, Birth Injury, Cesarean Section, Nutrition, Gestational Diabetes, Miscarriage, Ectopic, Fibroids, Endometriosis, Hysteroscopy, Laparoscopy, Robotics, Hysterectomy
Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology in active clinical practice. Special expertise in diabetes and nutrition. Award winning teacher and clinician. Director of ambulatory education for an OB-GYN residency program and faculty at a medical school. Licensed in Illinois. Office and hospital practice.

Rebecca S. Keith, MD

Barrington, Illinois
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Robotic Surgery, Laparoscopy, Obstetric Triage/Emergency
An experienced private practice physician in the Chicago Suburbs, practicing general Obstetrics and Gynecology for 14 years followed by a Surgical Gynecology practice for 2 years. Currently, a member of the teaching faculty at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois, working in the capacity of an Obstetric Emergency Department Hospitalist and Attending Physician to resident physicians and medical students in the areas of Obstetric Triage and Gynecologic urgent and emergent care.

Harvey H Kasner, MD, MBA, FACOG, FACS

Towson, Maryland
Obstetrics & Gynecology, Gynecology - OB, Obstetrics, OB/GYN, OBGYN, pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, c-section, cesarean section, forceps/vacuum delivery, shoulder dystocia, birth injury, gynecology, hysterectomy, myomectomy, dilation & curettage (D&C), tubal ligation, laparoscopy, minimally invasive surgery, bowel & ureter injury
Over 25 years of professional experience, academic training, and a broad and in-depth knowledge of healthcare environments that allows me to review medical facts and provide a thorough, fair and impartial assessment of the subject of the legal action. I manifest strong interpersonal relations and draw on a wide range of communication skills to inform, engage and provide complete, objective, and helpful information to both defense and plaintiff attorneys. I draw on those same skills to provide testimony regarding the standard of care that is easily understood by all parties involved in the matter. I have greater than 10 years of experience serving as chairman and/or a member of a hospital or organization committee, such as hospital medical board, compliance committee, advisory committee, quality assurance/physician performance improvement committee and peer review committee. This experience, along with a master’s in business administration (MBA) with a focus in medical management, ...

Eric J. Kraut, MD, FACS Eric J Kraut MD LLC

Owings Mills, Maryland
Trauma Surgery, General Surgery - General Surgery, Trauma, Critical Care, abdominal surgery, hernias, laparoscopy, endoscopy, bleeding, sepsis, injuries, intestinal surgery, cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, diverticulitis, wounds, perforations, falls, motor vehicles crash, penetrating injuries, head injuries, missed injuries
I have been in practice for 28 years. I am an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University and I am board certified in general surgery and critical care. I have held many administrative positions which involved review of medical care. These include chief of surgery, trauma medical director, medical director of ambulatory surgery center, medical director and founder of a breast cancer center as well as educator of residents and students. I have had a broad experience in my career including both academic and private practices and levels 1, 2 and 3 trauma centers. I have maintained a broad range of skills. My career has included vascular, thoracic, oncologic, advanced laparoscopic and open procedures.

Eric G. Heegaard, MD

Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Obstetrics & Gynecology, Gynecology - Birth Injury, Robotic Surgery, Endometriosis, Bowel Injury, Bladder Injury, Laparoscopy, Obstetrics, C-section, Forceps, Vacuum, Birth Injury, Ureter Injury, Shoulder Dystocia, Hysterectomy, Myomectomy, Fibroids, Ovarian Cyst, Ectopic Pregnancy, ovarian torsion, post partum hemorrhage
Award winning general Obstetrician-Gynecologist with 25 years experience whose responsibilities include teaching of OB-GYN resident physicians and medical students. Clinical focus is on complex pelvic surgeries for the management of endometriosis and pelvic pain. I have performed over 1000 robotic surgeries, delivered over 3000 babies and have served as a surgical proctor for other robotic surgeons. Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Vast public speaking experience and proven ability to communicate complex topics to the general public through 8 years of hosting a call-in women’s health radio show and subsequent hosting of two women’s heath podcasts.

Donna L. D'Elia, MD Advocare The Ob/Gyn Specialists

Moorestown, New Jersey
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Birth Injury, Labor Management, Gynecological surgery complications, Laparoscopy, office ob/gyn management, abnormal pap smear
Physician with extensive experience leadership background in both the administrative and clinical environment. Passionate about patient safety and quality, patient care ethics, medical staff advocacy, and development of fiscally responsible patient care models.

John P Brennan, MD John P. Brennan MD PC

Brooklyn, New York
Obstetrics & Gynecology, Gynecology - labor and delivery, preeclampsia, endometriosis, fibroids, fibroids in pregnancy, cervical insufficiency, miscarriage, postpartum hemorrhage, uterine rupture, brachial plexus injury, shoulder dystocia, birth injury, cesarean section, VBAC, ectopic pregnancy, hysterectomy, hysteroscopy, laparoscopy
Dr. John P. Brennan MD has been in active clinical practice for 30 years. Trained at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Board Certified American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Fellow of American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Chairman of Hospital-wide Quality Assurance Committee for 10 years. Residency Program Director for 5 years. Medical Student Clerkship Director for 7 years. Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Association of Professors of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Mark L. de Fazio, MD, FACOG, C-EFM deFazio Obstetrics & Gynecology PC

Brooklyn, New York
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Vaginal delivery, Cesarean Section, Retained Foreign Body, Fetal Distress, Shoulder Dystocia, Erb's Palsy, Uterine Perforation, Hysterectomy, Myomectomy, Laparoscopy, TOLAC, Uterine Rupture, Postpartum Hemorrhage, Breast/Cervical/Uterine/Ovarian Cancer Detection, Post Menopausal Bleeding
I am a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology. I am an Attending physician at New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital and an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Weill Cornell Medical College. My areas of expertise include all aspects and potential complications of prenatal care and delivery, cesarean section, cervical and breast cancer screening and detection, postmenopausal bleeding, gynecologic surgery and general office practice.

Kimberly A. Bowman, MD, FACOG

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Obstetrics, birth injury, birth trauma, asphyxia, HIE, shoulder dystocia, cesarean section, VBAC, TOLAC, hemorrhage, informed consent, preeclampsia, ectopic pregnancy, laparoscopy, high risk pregnancy, preterm labor, fetal monitoring, abnormal labor, cord prolapse, gestational diabetes, vacuum.
Board-certified OB/Gyn and Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. My OB/Gyn experience spans over 20 years in Oklahoma and includes faculty leadership roles with extensive teaching experience at the University of Oklahoma, national academic presentations, traditional OB/Gyn private practice, and OB hospitalist care managing obstetric and gynecologic emergencies. As an expert witness, I impartially advocate for truth and fairness based on the evidence. My goal is to provide a thoughtful and evidence-based perspective to all cases.

Brigitte Fink, MD HealthAdvise

Eugene, Oregon
Obstetrics & Gynecology - obgyn, shoulder dystocia, fetal birth injury, VBAC, Cesarean section, vacuum delivery, laparoscopy, hysteroscopy, hysterectomy, maternal birth injury, fibroids, ectopic pregnancy, hormones, failure to diagnose cancer, Davinci robot, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, HIE, vaginal birth after cesarean

James M. Wheeler, MD, MPH, JD Center for Women's Healthcare

Houston, Texas
Obstetrics & Gynecology, Gynecology - OB/Gyn Board Certified, Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology-Fellowship Trained, Laparoscopy, Hysteroscopy, Hysterectomy, Infertility, Hormones, Birth Injury, Surgery Complications, Medical Device Related Injury, Drug Related Injury
James M. Wheeler, MD, MPH, JD, magna cum laude from Harvard, is an OB/GYN trained at Baylor, with subspecialty training in Reproductive Endocrinology / Infertility at Yale. He is a graduate of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at Yale, focusing upon clinical epidemiology and biostatistics and health policy. He also earned his MPH at Yale majoring in Biostatistics. Dr. Wheeler is a former national officer of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) & served on several of their health policy committees including the Health Care Commission and the Hysterectomy Committee. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed papers and has given over 200 invited lectures. Dr. Wheeler has consulted in hundreds of medicolegal matters for over 30 years. He has been a testifying expert before the FDA for drugs and devices and testified before U.S. Congressional staffers on health policy issues. Partial Case Topics Include: Birth Injury — Causation Cesarean Secti...

Michael J. Barker, MD

Henrico, Virginia
Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery - Weight Loss Surgery, Gastric Bypass, Roux-en-Y, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastric Sleeve, Revision, Conversion, Endoscopy, Gastric Balloon, Morbid Obesity, Lap Band, Vitamin Deficiencies, Wernicke’s, Laparoscopy, Hernia, Gallbladder, Cholecystectomy, Foregut Surgery, Hiatal hernia, Fundoplication, Reflux
Michael Barker, MD, FACS, is a fellowship-trained, board-certified general surgeon who specializes in Bariatric and Laparoscopic Surgery. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and SUNY Brooklyn College of Medicine, and also completed a Fellowship in Bariatric & Minimally Invasive Surgery at East Carolina University. Dr. Barker spent 16 years on Active Duty in the Navy, where he made multiple overseas deployments and was Director of the largest Bariatric Surgery program within the Department of Defense. He continues to serve in executive and leadership positions in the Navy Reserve, including as Advisor to the Surgeon General of the Navy regarding General Surgery. Dr. Barker is currently the Medical Director of the Central Virginia VA Healthcare System Bariatric Surgery Program and Director of the Operating Room at McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, VA. He maintains an active practice in bariatric surgery including primary operations, revisions, conversions, a...