Steven W Kohler, MD, FAAEM Expert Witness
Curriculum Vitae

Contact this Expert Witness

  • Company: Lodestar Emergency Medicine Consulting, LLC
  • Phone: (858) 342-9738
  • Cell: (858) 342-9738

Specialties & Experience of this Expert Witness

General Specialties:

Emergency Medicine

Keywords/Search Terms:

Emergency Medicine, Stroke, Sepsis, Myocardial Infarction, Cardiac Dysrhythmias, Pulmonary Embolus, Respiratory Failure, Advanced Airway Management, Ectopic Pregnancy, Pediatric Emergencies, DKA, Closed Head Injury, COVID-19, Procedural Sedation, ED/Hospital Operations, Medical Education.


Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry, University of California at Davis; Medical Doctorate, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk VA; Residency Training, Emergency Medicine, University of Arizona Affiliated Hospitals, Tucson, AZ

Years in Practice:


Additional Information

Dr. Kohler is a residency trained, board certified emergency physician currently in his 26th year of clinical practice at a high volume, high acuity tertiary care medical center in San Diego, CA. He was appointed and has served as both Assistant Chief and Chief of his emergency department as well as serving as the hospital Emergency Management Chair and ED delegate to the hospital Bioethics Committee. After many years of reviewing cases for the Emergency Department, Hospital Peer Review and Quality Improvement committees, he was appointed as founding core faculty to establish an Emergency Medicine Residency Program at his medical center. Among other duties, he was tasked with creating the Quality Improvement, Patient Satisfaction and Risk Management curricula for the residency program, which included a novel collaboration with University of San Diego School of Law to integrate medical malpractice didactics between emergency medicine residents and law students. He is listed as an expert medical reviewer for the Medical Board of California. His clinical practice includes bedside teaching of residents and medical students. He is an expert public speaker, having delivered lectures on multiple topics as part of his clinical and administrative roles. He has received multiple commendations for quality of care and patient satisfaction from both his medical group as well as peers in the community. He currently serves as an emergency medicine expert witness for several ongoing cases, including preparation of reports, notarized affidavits, and testimony in depositions and mediation hearings.