Stephen Garber, MD Expert Witness
Curriculum Vitae

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Specialties & Experience of this Expert Witness

General Specialties:

Obstetrical Anesthesiology and Anesthesiology

Keywords/Search Terms:

nerve injury from epidural, failed spinal anesthesia, failed intubation, maternal hemorrhage, maternal cardiac arrest, local anesthesia toxicity, total spinal anesthesia, respiratory arrest, seizure related to anesthesia, awareness under anesthesia, permanent neurological injury, post partum bleed


BA, University of California Los Angeles; MD, University of California Irvine

Years in Practice:


Additional Information

Fellowship trained Obstetric Anesthesiologist at a Level III Labor and Delivery Center for 30+ years. Have performed over 15,000 regional anesthetics, which include epidural and spinal anesthetics. I have been responsible for Best Practices at our institution, and the point person for two successful Center of Excellence designations through the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology. During my tenure I have brought many innovations to our practice, some of which include: transition from epidural to spinal anesthesia for Cesarean Section, patient controlled epidural infusions (PCEA), difficult airway equipment, combined spinal epidural for labor (CSE), rapid infusion equipment for maternal hemorrhage, point of care rapid hemoglobin assessment, handheld portable ultrasound device for difficult epidural placement, Early Recovery After Surgery protocol (ERAS), initiated TAP blocks with long acting local anesthetic after CS, and reduced opioid use by over 80%. We are a referral center for high risk maternity, so over the years I have taken care of many high risk maternity patients. I continue to practice Obstetric Anesthesia at the same institution, and participate in the peer review process reviewing obstetric anesthesia cases referred to the committee.