Patient Safety Expert Witnesses

Patient safety 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 patient safety. The patient safety expert witness listings on this page are typically from fields/areas of expertise such as: Anesthesiology, Arbitration/Mediation, Bariatric Surgery, Critical Care Medicine, Emergency Medical Services, Emergency Medicine, Ergonomics, General Surgery, Geriatrics, Hospitalist, Legal Medicine, Legal Nurse Consulting, Medical Devices, Medical Management, and Neurological Surgery.

Samuel C Seiden, MD

Granite Bay, California
Anesthesiology, Pediatric Anesthesiology - Anesthesia, Pediatric Anesthesia, medical informatics, electronic health records, wrong-side surgery, wrong patient surgery, wrong-procedure errors, patient safety, ambulatory surgery, airway, hypoxia, medical ethics
After training as a private pilot, Dr. Seiden noted many principles culturally rooted in aviation are missing from medicine. Things like routine and robust use of checklists, making system fixes to system problems, and read back of critical pieces of information. This lead to Seiden’s research in patient safety and subsequent publication of the highly cited paper on Wrong-Side/Site/Patient procedures in the Archives of Surgery. Seiden completed his residency at Stanford University and subsequent fellowship training in pediatric anesthesiology at Children’s Memorial/Northwestern University. Seiden has practiced in academic and community practice locations, and with pediatric and adult patients. He also has an interest in medical informatics, and was the associate Chief Medical Informatics Officer at Lurie Children’s. As a highly trained expert in the electronic health record, Seiden has a unique ability to dissect information that may not be disclosed as part of discovery in the le...

Mark A Smith, MD, MBA, FACS, FACHE, CPHQ HG Healthcare Associates

Palm Springs, California
Medical Management, Vascular Surgery - Physician Credentialing, Physician Peer Review, Negligent Credentialing, Negligent Peer Review, Patient Safety, Healthcare Quality, Performance Improvement, Fair/Judicial hearings, Medical Staff Affairs, Conflicts of Interest, Physician Integration and Alignment, Physician conduct
Dr. Smith is an independent senior healthcare consultant and a practicing vascular surgeon as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of California, Irvine. He has provided expert medical testimony in cases involving medical staff affairs, peer review and credentialing/privileging. He previously served as the Chief Medical Officer with Morrisey Associates Inc/ Morcare LLC for six years. He is a member of HG Healthcare Consultants LLC. He brings 30+ years of clinical practice and hospital management experiences to his work with physicians and hospitals across the United States. He is Board Certified in Vascular Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is a member of the American College of Physician Executives, the Society for Vascular Surgery and the Southern California Vascular Surgical Society. Dr. Smith has an expertise in system quality and performance improvement, peer review, ongoing a...

Andrea S. Baptiste McKinney, MHA, MA, OT, CIE Eye on Ergonomics, Inc.

Land O Lakes, Florida
Ergonomics, Medical Management - Patient Transfers, Patient Safety, Staff Safety in Healthcare, Patient Handling and Movement, Patient Lifts and Transfer Technology, Lateral Transfer Equipment, Patient Falls, Fall Related Injury Prevention, Biomechanics, Standard of Care, Healthcare Ergonomics, Risk Management
Over 16 years of experience in patient safety and safe patient handling. Taught classes on safe patient handling, fall prevention, use of technology for risk management, healthcare ergonomics, and implementation of safety cultures. Taught as an adjunct professor in area of clinical biomechanics. Presented nationally for over a decade in patient handling and healthcare technology. Published peer review articles nationally on safe patient handling/technology/bariatric technology. Performed grant writing/IRB submissions/clinical trials. Implemented safe patient handling programs in acute care hospitals across US. Product design and biomechanical evaluations to establish reduction of risk of injury. ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Golden Key Recipient, Golden Key International Honor Society; Certification in Safety, Institute for Healthcare Improvement PAST COMMITTEES: • Chair of Slings & Bariatrics task force, Tampa, VA, external partners • Prosthetics Clinical Management & Functional Capacity Eval...

Stephanie J Hart-Hughes, PT, MSMS, NCS Hart Fall Mitigation Solutions

Tampa, Florida
Geriatrics, Nursing Homes - Geriatric Falls, Fall-related standard of care, Fall risk assessment, Fall-related injury prevention, Customized fall interventions, Patient safety, Gait/Balance Disorders, Movement disorders, Skilled nursing facility, Long term care, Neurology, Physical therapy,Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Over 25 years of experience. APTA Neurological Clinical Specialist (NCS) specializing in treatment of patients with multiple neurological diagnoses, gait/balance disorders and elevated fall risk. Sixteen years of experience as physical therapy subject matter expert for the Veteran’s Health Administration in the areas of falls, balance/gait disorders and functional outcome measures. Founding member James A. Haley Veteran’s Hospital Interdisciplinary Falls Clinic and past core team member Injurious Falls Translational Team, VISN 8 Patient Safety Center. Co-author, Balance Assessment Handbook for Rehabilitation Therapists and author, Functional Balance Class Training Manual for VA National Center for Patient Safety Falls Toolkit. Author of over twenty peer-reviewed publications and poster presentations.Created and delivered over forty professional presentations to regional and national audiences. Co-investigator on over fifteen funded research projects in the areas of fall risk ...

Timothy Hawkins, FACHE Hospital Experts

Cape Coral , Florida
Medical Management, Medical Devices - Hospital Administration, Hospital Liability, Joint Commission Standards, IRB Institutional Review Board, Medical Devices, daVinci Robot Credentialing, Operating Room, Informed Consent, Negligent Credentialing, Patient Safety, Environment of Care, Hospital Negligence
Mr. Hawkins is an accomplished Hospital Executive with experience in hospital departmental operations and regional healthcare systems. He held the positions of Chief Executive Officer, Executive Vice President, and Chief Operating Officer. He is Board Certified in Healthcare Administration, and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Arnold W. Mackles, MD, MBA Innovative Healthcare Compliance Group, Inc.

Palm Bch Gdns, Florida
Medical Management, Risk Management - Healthcare risk management, patient safety, patient falls, medical errors, surgical errors, medication errors, delay in treatment, credentialing, root cause analysis, healthcare handoffs, hospital acquired conditions, infections, pressure ulcers, nursing home abuse
Patient Safety Expert Healthcare Risk Manager Keynote Speaker Arnold Mackles, MD, MBA is a nationally recognized expert on Patient Safety. The mission of Dr. Mackles’ healthcare career has been to provide access to the highest quality care; first, during his 23 years of practice as a neonatal physician and then, for the past 15 years, as a National Patient Safety Expert in all areas of medical practice. Dr. Mackles’ specific areas of expertise include: Prevention of Medical Errors, Risk Management, Healthcare Performance Improvement Strategies, Creating / Maintaining a Culture of Patient Safety Excellence, Healthcare Communication Protocols, Safe and Accurate Medication Delivery, Root Cause Analysis, Healthcare Technology, Medical Documentation, and Patient Safety in Hospitals. He places a strong focus on systemic problems inherent within organizations and with individual providers that result in adverse patient outcomes. Dr. Mackles plays many roles within the Healthcare space ...

Donald L. Mellman, MD, MPH, MBA Donald L. Mellman, MD, Inc.

Westchase, Florida
Arbitration/Mediation, Neurological Surgery - Medical Staff, Hospital Relations, Quality, Risk Management, Ethics, Med Staff Credentialing, Hospital Policy and Procedure, Patient Safety, Independent Record Review, Medical Staff Issues, Utilization
26 years as private practice neurosurgeon. Chief Medical Officer in two teaching hospitals. Certified in healthcare compliance. IMEs. Medical-legal Experience: 2,500+ cases. Certified Independent Medical Examiner. Qualified court-appointed arbitrator. Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Mediator.

Patrick J. Regan, DO

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
General Surgery - General/Acute Care Surgery, Associate Professor of Surgery, Experienced Expert Witness, Peer Review Chairman, Quality Committee Chairman, Standards of Care, Causation, Patient Safety, Operating Room Safety Standards, Operating Room Policies and Procedures, Sham Peer Review, Federal/State cases.
The Medical Expert Witness that you don't need a dictionary to understand! Dr. Patrick J. Regan has more than 25 years of experience in General Surgery, Acute Care Surgery, Trauma Surgery and the Medico-Legal realm. Dr Regan has built programs and is in active surgical practice. Dr Regan is actively teaching and holds two academic appointments. He is Board Certified in General Surgery by the American Board of Surgery. In addition to his academic appointments , Dr Regan supervises other healthcare practitioners and is experienced in their scope of practice. Dr Regan also consults with the Prosecution Services Unit of the Florida Board of Medicine. He has extensive experience in the areas of Peer Review, Sham Peer Review, Bad Faith Peer Review and medical staff quality issues having served both as a member and as Chairman of various hospitals Peer Review Committees and Quality Committees. Dr Regan also does Peer Review for several nationally known locum tenens companies. Dr. Regan ...

Cheickna Diarra, MD, FACS Kaiser Permanente Georgia

Smyrna, Georgia
General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery - Minimally invasive surgery, general surgery, robotic surgery, gallbladder surgery complications, bariatric surgery, colon and rectal surgery, acute care surgery, upper and lower endoscopy, complex hernia surgery, bile duct injury, bowel injury, Medical error prevention, Patient safety, litigation.
Dr. Diarra is a fellow of the American Board of Surgery. He is a very experienced medical chart reviewer and expert witness. He has extensive experience in medical error prevention, patient safety and litigation for medical negligence. He testifies for both plaintiff and defense attorneys. He is skilled in minimally invasive general surgery techniques, acute care surgery and trauma surgery. He completed an additional fellowship training in bariatric, advanced minimally invasive and robotic surgery, and maintains a full time practice working as a minimally invasive general surgeon/robotic surgeon at Kaiser Permanente in Atlanta, Georgia. His passion involves advocating for advances in minimally advanced laparoscopic techniques to improve the lives of patients after surgery. Dr. Diarra works in a very efficient and effective manner and is easily accessible. Expert professional opinions expressed by Dr. Diarra are based on his own personal capacity and do not necessarily represent t...

Alan Lipschultz, PE, CCE, CSP, CPPS, FACCE, FAAMI Healthcare Technology Consulting LLC

North Bethesda, Maryland
Medical Devices, Products Liability - Patient Safety, Biomedical Engineering, Clinical Engineering, Healthcare Technology, Medical Accident Investigation, Infusion Pumps, Defibrillators, Electrosurgical Units, Insulin Pumps, Joint Commission, Hospital Safety, Patient Safety, Patient Monitoring
37 years of hospital experience as Director of Clinical Engineering at two major hospitals; Responsible for managing all of the medical devices at those institutions; including overseeing the preventative maintenance, repairs, and incident investigation; Active member of Patient Safety Committee, Environment of Care Committee, Technology Management Committee, & Medical Product Implementation Committee. Professional Engineer (PE); Certified in Clinical Engineering (CCE); Certified Safety Professional (CSP); & Certified Professional In Patient Safety (CPPS) Fellow, Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Fellow, American College of Clinical Engineering (FACCE) 2006 Recipient, Clinical/Biomedical Engineering Achievement Award from Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Co-Chair, AAMI Standards Board (1993-2015) Chair, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Technical Committee on Medical Equipment (2007-2015), Me...

Jared Bane True Review, LLC

Marblehead, Massachusetts
Nursing Homes, Nursing Home Administration - COVID-19, Skilled Nursing, Registered Nurse, Falls, Pressure Wounds, Neglect, Abuse, defendant, plaintiff, Infection Control, Pandemic, Clinical, Medicare, CMS, DPH, Regulations, Policy and Procedure, Chart Review, Resident Safety, Patient Safety, Therapy, Nursing Home, Assisted Living, Staffing
Nursing Home Leadership - 10+ Years in Nursing Home Leadership Roles - Executive Director – at multiple facilities - Operational excellence at multiple senior care and skilled nursing settings - 100+ bed, 300+ employee, $20M+ facilities both for-profit and non-profit COVID-19 Experience - Successfully managed and led a nursing home in Massachusetts through the COVID-19 crisis -Led facility infection control practices resulting in positive impact to COVID containment and mitigation - Additionally, resulting from Jared’s leadership, the facility scored 100% of DPH COVID-19 Infection Control Audit Regulatory Expertise - Expert at all aspects of Nursing Home Operation and Leadership - Knowledge of all Regulations including Abuse, Neglect, Substandard Care etc. - Expert in identifying Safe Provisions of Care and Appropriate Staffing Levels Expert Witness Experience - Specially trained as expert witness to provide best professional testimony available - Access to enhanced litigat...

Patricia J Bartzak, DNP, RN, CMSRN, TCRN, CNRN Clinical Nurse

Natick, Massachusetts
Nurse - Medical-Surgical Nursing, Trauma, Infectious Disease, Clinical Nursing Care, Critical Care Nursing, Wound Care, Patient Safety, Patient Falls
Skilled hospital nurse clinician with 20 years of direct nursing care of patients with infectious diseases and trauma patients, including injuries and diseases related to neurologic, cardiac, renal, renal transplant, spinal, orthopedic and acute and chronic pain and oncologic diagnoses. Reviewed more than 70 cases in 7 years, written several reports, and been deposed about 8 times in person and video, both plaintiff and defense. Currently working in a hospital designated as a level 1 trauma center. Direct care experience with complex airways, cervical instability, multi-drain management, epidural abscesses, orthopedic hardware infections, invasive monitoring, complex wounds, pain management and surgical interventions from multiple services: orthopedics, neurology, general surgery, thoracics, infectious disease and gastrointestinal medicine. Co-chaired the American Nurse's Association (ANA) Scope & Standards of Practice, the nursing standards that guides nursing practice fo...

William T McGee, MD, MHA University of Massachusetts School of Medicine

Fiskdale, Massachusetts
Critical Care Medicine, Hospitalist - Patient Safety, Shock, Critical Care, Vascular access, Central venous catheterization, SEPSIS, Intensive Care, Respiratory Failure, Resuscitation, Infectious disease, Nosocomial Infection, Iatrogenic Complications, Post-operative infections, Pharmaceutical, device industry, complications and death.
William T. McGee is a professor of Medicine, Surgery and Anesthesiology @ the University of Massachusetts Medical School and a specialist in critical care medicine with interests in hemodynamic physiology, trauma, brain injury, ARDS, vascular access (pulmonary artery catheterization), sepsis, and nosocomial pneumonia. Dr. McGee has published over 150 papers, chapters and abstracts and has been the principal investigator for clinical trials evaluating the efficacy and safety of new treatments for severe sepsis, MRSA and pneumonia. Presently his primary focus is on functional hemodynamics, physiologic optimization and the safety of central venous access. Dr. McGee was the lead enroller and author on the paper that reported the outcome of linezolid versus vancomycin for the treatment of MRSA pneumonia. Early in his career he was a finalist for the Cecil Lehman Mayer Research Award from the American College of Chest Physicians for his work examining the utility of pulmonary artery cat...

Dr. Shawn M. Stanghellini, RN, DNP, CCRN

Plymouth, Massachusetts
Nurse, Legal Nurse Consulting - Bedside practicing nurse, medical record review, review of medical records, nursing standards of care, patient safety, patient falls, critical care nursing, medication administration, and nursing-related issues.
Dr. Stanghellini RN has been a bedside practicing nursing since 1994. He also has experience as a charge nurse, nurse educator, and visiting scholar. He is available to review medical records for nursing standards of care. In addition, Dr. Stanghellini has recently partnered with Alongi Brown Consulting where they work together to help attorneys with their medical-legal matters from initial intake through post-litigation.

Michael Boczar, D.O. FACEP University of Michigan

Clarkston, Michigan
Emergency Medicine - Credentialing, Quality, Patient Safety, Strangulation including Erotic Asphyxiation, EMS, Sepsis, Myocardial Infarction, Testicular Torsion, Pneumonia, MCOLES Training (Michigan Coalition of Law Enforcement Standards)
Dr. Boczar is a board certified (ABEM) Emergency Physician with over 28 years of post-graduate clinical experience working in a Level I Trauma Center. Currently he is Credentialing Chair and has served as Quality Chair of Hurley Hospital in Flint, Michigan. His role as Physician Advisor for Utilization Review requires the review of 1000+ cases/year. He is also involved in his hospital's Medical Legal Review Committee. In addition, Dr. Boczar has served as an Oral Board Examiner (ABEM) for several years. Dr. Boczar has previous expert witness/medical legal case review experience and has completed MCOLES training. He has served as an expert witness in numerous strangulation/erotic asphyxiation cases. Publications include book chapters as well as numerous journal articles. Additionally, Dr. Boczar has served as a Medical Director for a community hospital Emergency Department.

A. Keith Wesley, MD, FACEP, FAEMS

Minnesota
Emergency Medical Services - Emergency Medical Services, EMT, Paramedic, Standard of Care, Prehospital, Inter-facility Transport, Ambulance, Cardiac Arrest, Airway Management, Choking, Spinal Injury Management, Excited Delirium, Patient Restraint, Refusal of Care, Failure to Transport, Patient Safety.
* Residency trained and Board Certified in Emergency Medicine * Sup-specialty Board Certified in Emergency Medical Services * Minnesota State EMS Medical Director 2007 - 2010 * Wisconsin State EMS Medical Director 2006 - 2008 * Chair, National Council of State EMS Medical Directors 2006 - 2008 * EMS Physician Advisory Committee, Wisconsin DHFS 1993 - 2004 * Author of two ECG texts and Medical Advisor to two Emergency Medical Responder textbooks * Editorial Board member Journal of Emergency Medical Services 2007 - present * Medical Director M Health Fairview EMSd (St. Paul MN) 2008 - 2020 * Medical Director United Emergency Medical Response (WI) 2007 - Present * Medical Director Ashland Bayfield County (WI) 2006 - 2012 * Medical Director Eau Claire Fire Department (WI) 1994 - 2004 * Assistant Medical Director Janesville Fire Department (WI) 1989 - 1993 My experience in direct oversight of EMS agencies and development of state-wide policies and protocols attests to my ability to ev...

Thomas Bojko, MD, MS, JD, FCLM Hospital Experts

Port Monmouth, New Jersey
Medical Management, Legal Medicine - Hospital Administration, Hospital Negligence, Joint Commission Standards, Negligent Credentialing, Physician Contracting, Informed Consent, Standards of Care, Patient Transfer, Patient Safety, Pediatric Critical Care, Birth Injury, Hyperbilirubinemia
Thomas Bojko, MD, MS, JD, FCLM has spent over two decades in healthcare where he has held executive leadership positions in both hospital and medical administration. He is an expert in hospital operations, policies and procedures. Dr. Bojko has made many contributions to the administrative, clinical and educational aspects of healthcare and has received numerous awards and recognition for his efforts. He gained national prominence serving as a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Critical Care Executive Committee and as a member of the NACHRI (National Association of Children’s Hospitals) Board of Trustees. In addition, he has authored numerous articles, policy statements and editorials in peer-reviewed journals. He also participated in authoring the American Academy of Pediatrics Policy on Hyperbilirubinemia.

Dinesh John, MD, MMM, FACP

Jamesville, New York
Hospitalist - Hospitalist, Hospitalist Coordination of Care, Patient Safety, Healthcare Processes, Health Systems, Hospital at Home
Dinesh John MD, MMM, CPE, CPHQ, CLBB, DTM, FACP is a experienced hospitalist with over 11 years of experience in healthcare leadership and inpatient clinical care. He currently practices hospital medicine in Central New York in a diverse array of settings- federal, state and private hospitals. Dr. John also remains active with teaching in his role as Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at SUNY-Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. Dr. John previously held the role of System Chief Quality Officer/Assistant Vice-President for Quality at SUNY-Upstate Healthcare System, a large healthcare organization serving over 1 million people in Upstate NY. In this role, he played a major role in analyzing healthcare process and systems, effecting changes that have had a positive impact on the quality and safety of healthcare delivery. Dr. John is also an award-winning reviewer of his peers' work, having reviewed clinical manuscripts for prestigious clinical journals such as the Annals...

Arvind Chandrakantan, MD, MBA, FAAP Texas Children's Hospital

Houston, Texas
Anesthesiology, Pediatric Anesthesiology - Pediatric Anesthesia, Neonatal Anesthesia, PDNV, HCM, Healthcare IT, PONV, Pediatric Research, Patient Safety, PALS, CPR, Sleep Apnea, Opioids
Arvind Chandrakantan, MD, MBA, FAAP is a board certified Anesthesiologist, subspecialty board certified Pediatric Anesthesiologist, at Texas Children's Medical Center. Arvind currently holds the title of Associate Professor of Anesthesiology & Pediatrics. I have trained at some of the top children's hospitals in the country (Cincinnati, Miami, TCH, Dallas). I stay on top of current practice through educational and clinical initiatives. I am happy to provide an objective, structured analysis of any cases you bring to me. I don't have an inclination towards a particular side- I see my role is to provide you a fair assessment for the fee you pay to me.

Clark D Todd, FACHE Todd and Associates

Norwich, Vermont
Medical Management - Hospital Administration, Hospital Corporate Negligence, Hospital Best Practices, Patient Safety, JCAHO Standards, Former Hospital CEO, Medical Staff Bylaws, Quality Management
After graduating from college in pre-med, I elected not to continue on to medical school, but joined the US Navy to serve in the Vietnam War. During that time, I discovered my interests lay more in leadership than in science. My next step was to earn a MBA degree in hospital management, which opened up a richly rewarding career for me and my family. I believe combining the two perspectives of business and science in this field gave me a unique skill set that increased my value and satisfaction. My wife and I recently moved to Vermont, close to Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. I hope to increase my volunteer opportunities with the Dartmouth Institute, as well as find volunteer leadership service in the local hospitals. My work as an expert witness has drawn on my hospital operations background in countless ways. I work with precision and insight, trusting that the legal outcomes will be result in a safer, higher quality environment for the patients and the healthcare facilities...

A. Keith Wesley, MD, FACEP, FAEMS

Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Emergency Medical Services - Emergency Medical Services, EMT, Paramedic, Standard of Care, Prehospital, Inter-facility Transport, Ambulance, Cardiac Arrest, Airway Management, Choking, Spinal Injury Management, Excited Delirium, Patient Restraint, Refusal of Care, Failure to Transport, Patient Safety.
* Residency trained and Board Certified in Emergency Medicine * Sup-specialty Board Certified in Emergency Medical Services * Minnesota State EMS Medical Director 2007 - 2010 * Wisconsin State EMS Medical Director 2006 - 2008 * Chair, National Council of State EMS Medical Directors 2006 - 2008 * EMS Physician Advisory Committee, Wisconsin DHFS 1993 - 2004 * Author of two ECG texts and Medical Advisor to two Emergency Medical Responder textbooks * Editorial Board member Journal of Emergency Medical Services 2007 - present * Medical Director M Health Fairview EMSd (St. Paul MN) 2008 - 2020 * Medical Director United Emergency Medical Response (WI) 2007 - Present * Medical Director Ashland Bayfield County (WI) 2006 - 2012 * Medical Director Eau Claire Fire Department (WI) 1994 - 2004 * Assistant Medical Director Janesville Fire Department (WI) 1989 - 1993 My experience in direct oversight of EMS agencies and development of state-wide policies and protocols attests to my ability to ev...