Contact this Expert Witness

  • Company: Arete Health
  • Phone: (562) 394-2469
  • Cell: (562) 394-2469

Specialties & Experience of this Expert Witness

General Specialties:

Addiction Medicine and Family Medicine

Keywords/Search Terms:

Opioids, opiate, methamphetamine, overdose, alcohol, hallucinogens, cocaine, cannabis, club, drugs, illicit, drug rehabilitation, utilization management, drug policy, alcohol and drug treatment, drug intoxication, drug withdrawal, detoxification, drug testing appropriateness, pain


BA, University of California, Davis; MD, University of California, Irvine School of Medicine; MBA, University of California, Irvine School of Business

Years in Practice:


Additional Information

Dr. San Bartolome is board certified in addiction medicine and family medicine. He has extensive experience as a medical director at all levels of care in addiction treatment including detoxification. As a medical director, Dr. San Bartolome has been involved in policy making, setting protocols, utilization management and direct patient care in addiction medicine. Due to the nature of addiction, Dr. San Bartolome is experienced in pain management, mental health and use of psychotropic medications, and in other co-morbidities involving addiction. Dr. San Bartolome is a national expert, serving on committees for the American Society of Addiction Medicine and on the board of the California Society of Addiction Medicine. His experience in addiction medicine spans settings like hospitals, psychiatric units, emergency departments, outpatient clinics and as an administrative medical director of substance use disorders for a large health plan. In all of these settings and at various medical residencies and universities, Dr. San Bartolome has served as a faculty and has exceptional communication and teaching skills. In addition to clinical experience, Dr. San Bartolome has advised on many medicolegal cases involving addiction, worker's compensation and as a previous chair of peer review for a hospital. His breadth of cases includes preparation of reports, meeting with patients, and testifying at arbitration and trials. He has served as an expert on cases involving patient harm and death involving treatment centers, detoxification, failure to meet standards of care by facilities, delays in care, negligent prescribing of controlled substances, urine drug testing utilization and many other addiction/mental health/and pain related issues. Dr. San Bartolome's cases have been approximately 60% prosecution and 40 % defense. He has never been sued or arrested and has never been dismissed as an inappropriate expert.