- Company: Khawaja Expert Review Services
- Phone: (845) 820-2343
Specialties & Experience
Specialty Focus:Hospitalist, COVID-19, sepsis, pulmonary embolism, stroke, myocardial infarction, cancer, congestive heart failure, pneumonia, gastrointestinal bleeding, kidney failure, cirrhosis, patient handoffs, hospitalist co-management, hospital transitions of care
Education:B.A. Political Science, Duke University; M.D., University of Chicago; Internal Medicine, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Years in Practice:15
After medical school at University of Chicago and residency at UNC-Chapel Hill, I have spent 16 years in real-life hospitalist practice, at hospitals ranging from 50 to 400 beds, in many different settings, regions, and employment models. I was Medical Director of a regionally-recognized hospitalist group for 8 years, growing a small local team into an operationally complex program of 40 doctors and NP's. I saw patients regularly, was regarded as the health system's subject matter expert in hospital medicine, and managed the various challenges that face hospitalists: - Increasing physician workload and staffing pressures - Widening scope of practice - Patient handoffs and shift-to-shift continuity of care - Communication and integration of input involving multiple specialists - Collaboration with NP's and PA's - Hospital resource utilization, length-of-stay, and ED throughput pressures - Use of often-flawed EMR's and CPOE platforms These are key drivers of malpractice litigation involving hospitalists. I've returned to full-time clinical practice, where hospitalists make tough decisions every day. Hospitalists often must balance system-level policy mandates and other external pressures against medical liability risk. I know from the inside how hospital care can go wrong despite the best intentions, and just as important, how hospitalists' care can be perceived as substandard even when the reality is demonstrably the opposite. I have personal experience working at the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. I possess both familiarity with the literature and guidelines on the disease, and high-volume real-world experience in treating COVID-19 patients. My goal is to utilize all my knowledge and experience to render honest and well-supported opinions with clarity, articulateness, and efficiency.