Sadie Elisseou, MD Expert Witness
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Specialties & Experience

General Specialties:

Internal Medicine and Behavioral and Social Sciences

Specialty Focus:

Trauma-informed care, trauma-informed, trauma, PTSD, assault, sexual abuse, neglect, depression, suicide, stress, burnout, maltreatment, TIC, internal medicine, primary care


BA, Brown University; MD, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University; Residency, Yale School of Medicine; Chief Residency, Yale School of Medicine

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Dr. Elisseou is a primary care physician in the VA healthcare system, an instructor at Harvard Medical School and Boston University School of Medicine, and an internationally recognized expert in the field of trauma-informed care (TIC). TIC is a well-established framework for supporting survivors of physical, sexual, psychological, or transgenerational trauma. Dr. Elisseou is the nation's expert in trauma-informed physical examination, a framework for how clinicians should speak and behave during medical appointments in a manner that enhances patient safety, autonomy, and trust. Her award-winning curriculum on this subject is now being taught at medical schools across the country, as the new standard method of examining patients. During the pandemic, she also worked with colleagues to publish a novel toolkit for trauma-informed telehealth care. As a subject matter expert, Dr. Elisseou enjoys education, research, speaking, and consulting in the field of TIC. She is frequently invited to speak about TIC regionally and nationally, for audiences such as the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC). She had the recent privilege of speaking with the Dalai Lama about healing from trauma. In her role as a consultant, Dr. Elisseou works with law firms to help them build a trauma survivors' legal practice. She also works with corporations to facilitate workplace reentry with resilience in the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Elisseou has developed novel frameworks for trauma-informed wellness, with practical applications to achieve organizational well-being. Dr. Elisseou is the co-founder of the National VA TIC Collaborative and a member of the Trauma Informed Health Care Education and Research (TIHCHER) collaborative and the Harvard Medical School TIC Steering Committee.