Cristy M Schade, MD, PhD, PE Expert Witness

Contact this Expert Witness

  • Additional States: Alabama
  • Company: Advanced Pain Solutions
  • Phone: (972) 489-8232
  • Cell: (972) 489-8232
  • Fax: (972) 534-1740
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Specialties & Experience of this Expert Witness

General Specialties:

Pain Management - Medicine and Disability Evaluation

Keywords/Search Terms:

CRPS, complex regional pain syndrome, RSD, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, implanted drug pumps for pain, ESI, epidural steroids, nerve pain, chronic pain, sciatic leg pain, opioid abuse, opioid addiction, illegally manufactured fentanyl deaths, failed back surgery syndrome, IME, Future Medical Needs


MD, University of Miami, Florida; PhDs Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Stanford University, California; PE , Professional Engineer, State of Colorado

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Additional Information

Dr. CM Schade, MD, PhD, PE is a nationally recognized and sought-after clinician, speaker, and expert witness with 35+ years of pain medicine experience. With his dual training as both a physician and an engineer, Dr. Schade is a sought-after expert witness in medical-legal matters on the national stage, where he combines unique expertise with the overlap of medicine, bioengineering, and medical artificial intelligence (AI). He is a seasoned medical and legal expert and has been involved in over 100 cases for plaintiffs (60%) and the defense (40%). He has qualified as an expert witness in both state and federal court. He has authored over 100 expert reports and testified under oath at depositions and trials nationwide. Dr. Schade’s 35+ years of forensic experience includes medical malpractice, CRPS, complex regional pain syndrome litigation, spinal cord stimulation litigation, medical device-related litigation, pain and suffering, opioid overdoses, including the current epidemic of illegally manufactured fentanyl deaths, future medical and disability claims, and fraud and abuse related to billing and coding, having authored many billing controverting affidavits. Judges have told Dr. Schade that he was the most outstanding testifying expert they had ever heard because of his ability to combine medical expertise, training, and experience with the scientific literature using straightforward and logical engineering-based analysis and presentation. Dr. Schade completed PhDs in electrical engineering and computer science in artificial intelligence at Stanford University. Dr. Schade taught electrical engineering at Stanford University and the United States Air Force Academy, where he worked on instrumentation for space deconditioning for the Apollo and Skylab programs. This motivated him to attend medical school at the University of Miami’s Ph.D. to MD program. Subsequently, he was the United States Air Force Surgeon General’s consultant in Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological (CBW) warfare while teaching flight surgery medicine at the School of Aerospace Medicine. Dr. Schade is board-certified by six professional boards: Anesthesiology, Pain Management/Medicine, Interventional Pain Practice, Integrative Pain Management, Interventional Pain Physicians, and Disability Analyst. In addition, he has expertise in addiction medicine, substance use disorder, and medical toxicology. Dr. Schade’s two primary specialties are testifying about the controversial subject of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS/RSD) and the engineering and therapeutic complexities of spinal cord stimulator systems. Dr. Schade has several decades of experience as the medical director of CARF-certified rehabilitation facilities for rehabilitating patients with complex regional pain syndrome. He is an invited Speaker locally and nationally on complex regional pain syndrome and spinal cord stimulators. Dr. Schade’s experience in spinal cord stimulation includes decades of experience in implanting and managing spinal cord stimulators, and he has published several essential scientific papers on the mechanisms of action of spinal cord stimulator systems. Dr. Schade is the immediate past Presiding Officer of the TX State Board of Pharmacy’s PDMP Advisory Committee and past president. Of the Texas Pain Society (TPS). He is a TPS Board of Directors emeritus member. He has decades of experience advocating for Pain Medicine at the TX Legislature, representing the Texas Medical Association and the TPS. He served 10+ years as a medical expert reviewer for the Texas Medical Board. Dr. Schade is a recipient of the TPS Lifetime Achievement Award. Chronic pain/chronic pain syndrome is an expression of suffering. Human suffering is made up of five dimensions: Physical pain, Psychological pain, Financial pain, Religious pain, and Existential pain. Ensuring the jury understands which are or are not involved in the case can be the difference between winning and losing.