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Anesthesiology medical experts are physicians trained in airway management, anesthesia (pain control), and patient safety during surgical procedures. Anesthesiology medical expert witnesses typically testify on airway issues, perioperative and intraoperative management, and anesthesiology procedures such as endotracheal intubation and central lines. Learn more…
Cardiology medical experts commonly opine upon causation in cases of missed diagnosis of myocardial infarction (heart attack) or on standard of care during interventional procedures like cardiac stenting. Learn more…
Critical Care Medicine (ICU) specialists manage the most complex and critically ill patients. As such, ICU medical experts analyze the standard of care in a wide range of cases such as sepsis, respiratory failure, and cardiac arrest. They also perform high-risk (litigation-prone) procedures such as tracheostomy and intubation. Learn more…
Dermatologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of skin diseases (e.g. melanoma), though they also perform cosmetic procedures. Negligence claims against Dermatologists often arise from cosmetic procedures such as a laser therapy or chemical peels. ELITE’s Dermatology medical experts have testified in many cases of med spa and clinic oversight as well.
Emergency Medicine (ER) physicians specialize in the recognition and stabilization of both routine and life-threatening medical conditions. Common cases requiring ER medical expert witnesses involve missed diagnoses in conditions such as pulmonary embolism (PE), stroke, or acute myocardial infarction. Learn more…
Endocrinologists are experts in endocrine disorders such as hypothyroidism and diabetes. Endocrinology medical experts commonly opine on standard of care issues involving endocrinologic emergencies such as adrenal insufficiency and diabetic ketoacidosis.
Epidemiologists are specialists in the health of large populations. As such, Epidemiology medical experts opine on a wide range of issues. From product liability regarding pharmaceuticals, to toxicology cases such as a ground water contamination, ELITE’s experts will handle your toughest cases.
Family medicine doctors are commonly the first physicians to encounter patient complaints. Family medicine medical experts are often called to give testimony in cases of delayed diagnosis of cancer, missed diagnosis of early cardiac disease, or inappropriate management of chronic pain medications (e.g. Oxy-Contin).
Gastroenterologists are physicians who provide medical management of conditions such as gastrointestinal bleeding or inflammatory bowel disease (e.g. Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis). They also perform a range of procedures such as colonoscopy, endoscopy and endoscopic retrograde pancreatography (ERCP). Gastroenterology (GI) medical experts commonly testify on the standard of care arising from injuries due to intestinal perforation during colonoscopy, as well as delayed treatment in emergent conditions such as hepatitis and upper GI bleeding. Learn more…
Geriatricians provide care for the elderly in nursing homes, long-term care facilities, skilled nursing facilities, and private offices. Geriatric medical experts often testify in cases involving pressure ulcers (i.e. bed sores or decubitus wounds) in nursing homes, in cases of elder abuse, and in fall injuries involving the elderly.
Hematology & Oncology physicians treat blood disorders (e.g. anemia, leukemia) and a wide range of cancers (e.g. lymphoma, lung cancer). Hematology and Oncology medical experts commonly testify regarding causation and loss of chance when the diagnosis of malignancy (e.g. melanoma, colon cancer) is delayed. Learn more…
Hospital Medicine doctors, or Hospitalists, are physicians who manage hospitalized patients. Hospitalist medical experts review cases addressing a wide range of issues that occur during hospital-related patient care. Some common issues involve the treatment of pneumonia, hospital-acquired (nosocomial) infections, congestive heart failure (CHF), and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Learn more…
Infectious Disease (ID) physicians treat a wide range of illness arising from viral, bacterial, and fungal infections. Infectious disease medical experts are commonly needed for both standard of care and causation in cases of several bacterial infections such as methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), necrotizing fasciitis, HIV, meningitis, and meningococcemia. Learn more…
Internal Medicine physicians are medical experts who provide primary medical care to adult patients on a wide range of acute and chronic medical conditions. Internal medicine doctors may be primary care providers or they may be hospital-based (i.e. Hospitalists). Internal medicine experts frequently testify on issues of delayed diagnosis in cancer, or missed diagnosis in conditions like pulmonary embolism. Learn more…
Interventional Radiologists (IR) are Radiologists that are further trained in advanced procedures such as CT guided biopsies or embolization for acute bleeding. Interventional Radiology medical experts frequently opine on cases of standard of care for the “high-risk” procedures they perform such as nephrostomy tube placement, ultrasound-guided drainage (e.g. paracentesis, thoracentesis), and CT-guided biopsy. Learn more…
Medical Pharmacology expert witnesses are commonly required in a wide range of medical negligence cases. Medical Pharmacology experts are physicians trained in understanding medication overdose, medication side effects, and toxic ingestions. Medical pharmacologists also treat these conditions. Consequently, they commonly testify on causation issues in chronic pain medication overdose or standard of care in treatment of toxic ingestions.
Nephrology medical expert witnesses are physicians specialized in kidney (renal) disorders. Nephrologists treat conditions such as acute kidney failure or chronic kidney failure requiring dialysis. A common area of litigation requiring a Nephrology medical expert concerns policies, procedures, and standards of care for dialysis and dialysis centers.
Neurology medical expert witnesses specialize in disorders of the central nervous system such as stroke, dementia, multiple sclerosis, and meningitis. Neurology medical experts are widely utilized, testifying on standards of care in acute stroke and tPA administration, as well as complex issues such as hypoxic encephalopathy. Neurology medical experts also perform Independent Medical Evaluations (IME) and analyze the prognosis of patients suffering from neurological injury and disease. Learn more…
Pathology medical expert witnesses are physicians specialized in the diagnosis of disease utilizing laboratory, DNA, and tissue (e.g. biopsy) analysis. They also perform postmortem examinations (i.e. autopsy). Pathologists commonly testify in medical litigation on standard of care issues related to the misdiagnosis of biopsy specimens. Pathologists often subspecialize in areas such as neuropathology, cardiac pathology, forensic pathology, or dermatopathology. Learn more…
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation medical experts are physicians trained in the rehabilitation of acutely or chronically ill patients. Many PM&R experts also deal with acute and chronic pain management. Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation expert witnesses often testify in nursing home cases and on standard of care issues regarding chronic opiate (e.g. Oxy-Contin, oxycodone, Dilaudid) management. Learn more…
Psychiatry medical experts are trained in the treatment of acute and chronic psychiatric illnesses such as bipolar disorder, depression, suicidality, and schizophrenia. Psychiatry medical experts testify on a wide range of issues such as addiction, mental pain and suffering, competence, and standard of care issues in the management of chronic mental illness like bipolar disorder. Learn more…
Pulmonology medical experts specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of lung disorders. Pulmonologists may also specialize in critical care (ICU) and sleep medicine. General pulmonology medicine commonly treats chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), mesothelioma, asthma, and lung cancer. Pulmonary Critical Care experts treat acute respiratory failure and other intensive care issues. Sleep Medicine specialists focuse upon obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and other sleep conditions. Pulmonology medical expert witnesses frequently opine on standards of care involving critically ill patients and patients undergoing procedures such as intubation or tracheostomy (airway management). Learn more…
Radiology medical experts are physicians trained in the interpretation of medical imaging studies such as X-Ray, CT, ultrasound, and MRI. Radiologists commonly testify in cases involving allegations of misdiagnosis such as the failure to diagnose lesions on chest X-Ray (e.g. lung cancer) or mammograms (e.g. breast cancer). Radiologists also perform a wide range of diagnostic and interventional procedures that may result in complications. Learn more…
Rheumatology medical experts are physicians specializing in treating autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, vasculitis, and lupus. Rheumatology medical experts commonly testify on cases of rheumatologic emergencies such as a temporal arteritis (giant cell arteritis) or on standard of care in office-based infusion clinics of rheumatologic medications such as Remicade.
Sports Medicine medical experts are physicians trained in the treatment of all sports-related injuries including fractures, dislocations, sprains, and strains. Sports medicine physicians may be non-operative (Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine) or operative (Orthopedic Surgery). Sports medicine specialists may be necessary in cases regarding sports-related concussions or closed head trauma, a burgeoning area of litigation.

MEDICAL SUBSPECIALTIES

Addiction Psychiatry medical experts are physicians who are trained in Psychiatry and further subspecialized in Addiction Medicine. Addiction Medicine covers both physical addiction (e.g. heroin, drugs, xanax, alcohol) and behavioral (e.g. gambling, sexual) addictions. Addiction Psychiatry medical experts often testify in cases involving inpatient residential psychiatric care for patients with mental health disease and substance abuse.
Blood Banking and Transfusion Medical expert witnesses are experts trained in hematology, transfusion of blood and blood products, and laboratory medicine. Blood banking medical expert witnesses may be needed in cases of transfusion reactions such as anaphylactic reactions, infections, acute transfusion related lung injury, or ABO incompatibility.
Cardiac Electrophysiology medical expert witnesses are cardiologists specialized in clinical cardiac electrophysiology, the study of cardiac conduction and arrhythmias. Electrophysiology medical experts may be needed in cases of cardiac radiofrequency ablation, cardiac pacemaker placement, or complex rhythm abnormalities like Wolff Parkinson White (WPW) and prolonged QT syndromes.
Dermatopathology is a field of dermatology that is further specialized in pathology. Dermatopathology medical expert witnesses diagnose dermatologic conditions by both clinical and tissue diagnosis. Dermatopathologists often deal with melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and basal cell carcinoma. Mohs Surgery, also known as Mohs Micrographic Surgery, combines Dermatopathology and surgical dermatology in a single procedure.
Epilepsy experts are Neurologists who specialize in treating epilepsy (seizures). Epilepsy medical expert witnesses are needed in cases involving the medical management of seizures and side effects of medications (e.g. Dilantin, phenobarbital, Tegretol) used to treat seizures. Epilepsy experts also opine in cases involving the surgical treatment of seizures (e.g. temporal lobectomy) or placement of deep brain stimulators.
Geriatric Psychiatrists are psychiatrists subspecialized in mental health issues involving elderly patients. Geriatric psychiatry medical expert witnesses are commonly needed in cases of Alzheimer dementia, depression, and agitation in the elderly. Geriatric Psychiatry experts also render determinations regarding competency and capacity for medical decision making.
Hospice and Palliative Medicine experts are physicians trained in dealing with medical issues occurring at the end of life. An emerging area of litigation requiring medical expert witnesses from Hospice and Palliative Medicine is fraud related to inappropriate hospice certification and hospice facility billing. Only an experienced Hospice and Palliative Medicine expert witness can analyze and testify regarding these complex issues.
Hyperbaric medicine experts are physicians subspecialized in using high pressure to treat a variety of medical conditions. Hyperbaric medical expert witnesses may be needed in cases regarding the treatment of carbon monoxide, difficult to treat infections, and complications of hyperbaric treatments.
Neuroradiology medical experts, or Neuroradiologists, are radiologists subspecialized in neurological (brain and spinal cord) imaging. Neuroradiology medical expert witnesses often opine on standard of care issues involved in the diagnostic imaging of intracranial hemorrhage (e.g. subdural hematoma, subarachnoid hemorrhage, and epidural hematoma), acute stroke, and tumors (e.g. glioblastoma, meningioma, and ependymoma). Some Neuroradiologists also perform interventional procedures for cerebrovascular disease (e.g. aneurysm coiling, and catheter-directed thrombolysis) pain management (e.g. facet injection and vertebroplasty).
Musculoskeletal Radiology experts are radiologists subspecialized in imaging (X-Rays, ultrasound, MRI, and CT scanning) of bones, muscles, and joints. Musculoskeletal Radiology medical expert witnesses are commonly involved in cases alleging “failure to diagnose” fractures, tumors (e.g. metastatic cancer), and incidental findings on imaging studies.
Nuclear medicine medical experts are radiologists who are subspecialized in nuclear imaging. Nuclear medicine physicians provide both diagnostic and therapeutic services. Diagnostic tests may include HIDA, SPECT, PET, and V/Q scanning. The most common therapeutic procedure is the use of radioactive iodine to destroy thyroid tumors. Nuclear Medicine experts also use radioactive pharmaceuticals to diagnose cancer and monitor cancer recurrence.
Pain Medicine medical experts are physicians from the fields of Internal Medicine, Neurology, or Anesthesiology who subspecialize in the practice of pain management. Pain Management physicians may provide medical and interventional management of both acute and chronic pain. Pain management may necessitate opiates (e.g. oxycodone, morphine, Dilaudid), non-opiate medications (e.g. Neurontin, tramadol), or interventional procedures such as lumbar epidural steroid injection (LESI) or implantable pain pumps. Pain management medical expert witnesses may be needed to opine on standard of care in the long-term use of opiates or in cases of complications resulting from epidural injections, facet injections, or nerve stimulator placement.
Reproductive Endocrinology medical experts are OB-GYN experts who have subspecialized in endocrinology with a focus on reproductive issues. Reproductive endocrinologists diagnosis causes of infertility and perform fertility procedures such as in-vitro fertilization. Reproductive Endocrinology medical expert witnesses may be needed in cases of complications arising from fertility treatments such as hysterosalpingogram, artificial insemination, or egg harvesting.
Sleep Medicine medical experts are physicians that are typically trained in Internal Medicine and Pulmonology before further focusing on sleep-related conditions. Sleep Medicine medical expert witnesses are commonly needed in cases regarding obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), CPAP/Bi-PAP machines, or management of narcolepsy.
Toxicology medical experts are commonly Emergency Medicine physicians that are further subspecialized in Toxicology. Toxocologists are commonly utilized medical experts. Toxicology medical expert witnesses testify on issues of toxic ingestion, overdose, drug levels, medication errors, and medication overdose. Learn more…

SURGICAL SPECIALTIES

Bariatic Surgery experts are general surgeons who subspecialize in weight-loss surgery. Bariatric Surgery expert witnesses are commonly needed in litigation involving complications of weight loss surgeries like Roux-en-y, sleeve gastrectomy or gastric banding (i.e. lap band). Learn more…
Cardiothoracic Surgery experts are surgeons specialized in surgery upon the heart and lungs. Cardiothoracic Surgery medical expert witnesses are commonly needed for negligence in coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), and minimally invasive procedures like transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) or video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). Learn more…
Colorectal Surgery experts are general surgeons subspecialized in surgery of the colon and rectum. Colorectal surgery expert witnesses may be needed in negligence cases relating to partial or total colectomy, ostomy placement, and management of colon cancer.
Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat / ENT) experts are surgical specialists that deal with issues related to the head, neck, ears and throat. ENT medical expert witnesses often testify in negligence cases involving head and neck cancer, as well as complications of surgical procedures such as tonsillectomy, tracheostomy, and thyroidectomy.
General Surgery experts are surgeons trained in performing a wide range of routine and emergency surgical procedures. General Surgery expert witnesses may be needed in routine outpatient surgical cases such as laparoscopic cholecystecomy, laparoscopic hernia repair, or exploratory laparoscopy. Many general surgeons are also trained in acute surgical issues such as appendicitis, ischemic bowel, diverticulitis, or small bowel obstruction. Learn more…
Gynecologic Oncology medical experts are OB/GYN physicians that are further trained in treating gynecologic cancers. Gynecologic Oncology expert witnesses are commonly needed to establish causation (or the lack thereof) for the missed diagnosis of ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, or cervical cancer. They also commonly opine on standard of care issues for the surgical management of gynecologic cancer and complications arising from those surgeries.
Hand Surgery medical experts are Orthopedic Surgeons or Plastic Surgeons that are subspecialized in treating conditions of the upper extremity including the shoulder, elbow, forearm, wrist, and hand. Hand Surgery / Upper Extremity expert witnesses are commonly needed in negligence cases arising from complications of surgical procedures like shoulder arthroscopy, rotator cuff repair, carpal tunnel surgery, complex hand and arm fractures, and radial nerve damage. Learn more…
Laparoscopic Surgery medical experts are surgeons subspecialized in treating conditions via the use of minimally invasive techniques. Typically, Larparoscopic Surgeons are general surgeons with specialized training, though laparoscopic surgery is utilized by other specialties such as gynecology and urology. Laparoscopic Surgery expert witnesses are commonly needed in negligence cases arising from complications of surgical procedures like cholecystectomy, bowel resection, or diagnostic laparoscopic surgery. Learn more…
Maternal-Fetal Medicine experts are OB/GYN physicians that are subspecialized in high-risk pregnancies. Maternal-Fetal Medicine expert witnesses opine on standard of care issues in the management of twin deliveries, intrauterine growth restriction, eclampsia, and any other high-risk maternal or fetal condition. Learn more…
Neurosurgery medical experts are surgeons that have dedicated their training to the surgical treatment of neurologic disorders. Neurosurgery expert witnesses are required in a wide range of negligence cases, including management of acute management of brain bleeds (epidural and subdural hematoma), brain cancer (e.g. glioblastoma and meningioma), and spinal cord conditions such as cauda equina syndrome and spinal cord tumors. Many neurosurgeons also perform spine surgery such as spine fusion and laminectomy (see Neuro-spine surgery). Learn more…
Obstetrics & Gynecology medical experts are physicians trained in the management of pregnancy and delivery, female surgical issues (e.g. hysterectomy, oophorectomy), and women’s health. Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) expert witnesses are required in a wide range of cases including complications related to childbirth and management of medical conditions during pregnancy. Allegations of negligence during Gynecologic surgery may involve laparoscopic or robotic (e.g. DaVinci) hysterectomy, ureteral or bladder injury during routine procedures, and complications of Caesarian section. Learn more…
Ophthalmology medical experts are surgical specialists of the eye. Ophthalmology medical expert witnesses are commonly needed to opine on the standard of care in commonly performed surgical procedures such as cataract surgery, retinal detachment, or cosmetic procedures like blepharoplasty. Learn more…
Orthopedic Joint Surgery experts are orthopedic surgeons specialized in joint surgery and joint reconstruction (arthroplasty). Orthopedic Joint Surgery medical expert witnesses commonly opine on the standard of care in hip replacement (total hip arthroplasty) and knee replacement (total knee arthroplasty) surgeries. Complications arising from these surgeries typically include infection, nerve damage, or persistent pain.
Orthopedic Spine Surgery experts are orthopedic surgeons that focus specifically on spinal surgery. Orthopedic Spine Surgery expert witnesses are commonly needed to opine on the standard of care in lumbar spinal fusion, cervical spinal fusion, laminectomy, discectomy, and pain procedures such as facet injection and lumbar epidural steroid injection (LESI).
Orthopedic Sports Medicine medical experts are orthopedic surgeons specialized in the management of sports-related injuries. Orthopedic Surgery Sports Medicine expert witnesses are commonly needed to opine on the standard of care in management of ACL repair, rotator cuff surgery, and complex fractures arising from sports injuries.
Orthopedic Surgery medical experts are surgeons trained in treating skeletal (bone) and soft tissue (muscle, ligament, tendon) injuries. Orthopedic Surgery expert witnesses are required for all facets of Orthopedic Surgical litigation including joint reconstruction, open and closed treatment of fractures, and complications of orthopedic surgery such as infected surgical hardware. Learn more…
Orthopedic Trauma Surgery experts are Orthopedic Surgeons specialized in the management of traumatic musculoskeletal injuries. Orthopedic Trauma Surgery expert witnesses may be needed in cases relating to the acute management of complex fractures (e.g. trauma from a motor vehicle accident) or in the subsequent reconstruction and repair of fractures arising from traumatic injuries.
Plastic Surgery experts are surgeons specialized in cosmetic surgery and reconstructive surgical procedures. Plastic Surgery expert witnesses are commonly needed to opine on the standard of care in cosmetic procedures such as breast augmentation (augmentation mammoplasty), breast reduction (reduction mammoplasty), rhinoplasty, or tummy-tuck (abdominoplasty) procedures. Plastic Surgery expert witnesses are also commonly needed for reconstructive surgery cases such as skin grafting, burn management, and congenital abnormalities (e.g. cleft lip surgery). Learn more…
Spine Neurosurgery (Neuro-spine Surgery) medical experts are Neurosurgeons who specialize in surgery of the spine. Spine Neurosurgery medical expert witnesses are frequently needed to opine on the standard of care in complications arising from anterior cervical spinal fusion surgery or acute neurosurgical emergencies such as a spinal cord compression (e.g. cauda equina syndrome). Spine Surgery medical expert witnesses may also be needed in cases of spinal cord tumors, congenital anomalies like myelomeningocele (spina bifida), or cervical spine fracture management.
Surgical Critical Care medical experts are surgeons specialized in the management of acute surgical issues and the post-operative care of surgical patients. Surgical Critical Care medical expert witnesses often testify regarding the management of trauma, hemorrhage, shock, and surgical ICU complications. Surgical Critical Care expert witnesses also may be needed in the medical resuscitation of critically ill surgical patients, including decisions regarding the need for emergency re-operation. Learn more…
Surgical Oncology experts are surgeons specialized in the surgical management of cancer (tumors) by using surgical techniques to diagnose, stage, and treat cancer and cancer-related symptoms. Surgical Oncology expert witnesses evaluate standard of care issues pertaining to cancer surgery, and also opine on causation in cases of delayed diagnosis and/or treatment of cases that would have benefited from earlier Surgical Oncology consultation.
Trauma Surgery medical experts are surgeons specialized in the surgical management of acute trauma. Trauma Surgery medical expert witnesses are commonly needed in the acute resuscitation of critically ill patients as a result of trauma. Stab wounds, gunshot wounds, and trauma from motor vehicle accidents are common conditions managed by Trauma Surgeons.
Urology medical experts are surgeons specialized in the medical and surgical treatment of the genitourinary system (kidneys, ureters, urinary bladder, and genitals). Urology medical expert witnesses commonly opine regarding the surgical management of kidney stones, bladder cancer, prostate cancer, and surgical procedures such as transurethral prostate resection (TURP). Learn more…
Vascular Surgery experts are surgeons specialized in treating a wide range of vascular conditions. Vascular Surgery medical expert witnesses testify about all aspects of vascular surgery including abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), carotid endarterectomy, and endovascular procedures such as stenting. Vascular Surgery expert witnesses also testify (on both causation and standard of care) in cases of extremity ischemia from peripheral vascular disease and acute arterial occlusion. Learn more…

PEDIATRIC SPECIALTIES

Behavioral Pediatrics medical experts are pediatricians specialized in behavioral health issues such as Asperger syndrome, ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), ADHD (hyperactivity), and autism. Behavioral Pediatrics medical expert witnesses also may perform Independent Medical Examinations (IME) on pediatric patients. Learn more…
Child Abuse Pediatrics is a specialty of pediatrics devoted to issues of alleged child abuse. Child abuse Pediatric medical expert witnesses may be needed in cases of suspected non-accidental trauma (SNAT), criminal cases involving injured infants and children, and conditions such as a shaken baby syndrome. Learn more…
Developmental Pediatrics is a field of pediatrics focusing on issues related to the growth and development of infants and children. Developmental Pediatrics expert witnesses may also consult and testify in cases of genetic disorders (e.g. Down syndrome), cerebral palsy, mental retardation, developmental delay, autism, and Asperger syndrome.
Neonatology medical experts are pediatricians subspecialized in Neonatology — the treatment of newborns through infancy (30 days of age). Most Neonatologists work in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and treat premature and high-risk infants. Neonatology medical expert witnesses often testify in the areas such as neonatal sepsis, retinopathy of prematurity, SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), hyperbilirubinemia (neonatal jaundice), and respiratory distress. Learn more…
Pediatric Cardiology medical experts are pediatricians specialized in the medical management of pediatric heart conditions. Pediatric Cardiology medical expert witnesses are required in cases involving the management of congenital cardiac defects such as atrial septal defect (ASD), ventricular septal defect (VSD) or hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Pediatric Cardiology expert witnesses also testify on a range of pediatric cardiac issues including long QT syndrome, heart murmurs, and arrhythmias such as SVT. Learn more…
Pediatric Anesthesiology medical experts are anesthesiologists subspecialized in administering anesthesia to infants and children. Pediatric Anesthesiology medical expert witnesses testify on the standard of care issues in Pediatric Anesthesia including airway management, hypoxemia (hypoxic brain injury), anesthetic dosing, and post-operative pain management for pediatric patients. Learn more…
Pediatric Endocrinology medical experts are pediatricians specialized in endocrinologic conditions of infants and children. Pediatric Endocrinology expert witnesses testify in cases involving thyroid disease (hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism), obesity, pubertal delay, and growth issues. Pediatric Endocrinology medical expert witnesses also testify in complex cases involving  juvenile onset (Type-1) diabetes, diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), and congenital adrenal hyperplasia. Learn more…
Pediatric Intensive Care / Critical Care medical experts are pediatricians specialized in treating critically ill pediatric patients requiring ICU admission. Pediatric Intensive Care medical experts testify regarding the management of any PICU issue such as sepsis, respiratory distress, trauma, ventilator management, hypotension, or hypoxemia. Learn more…
Pediatric Emergency Medicine medical experts are typically Emergency Medicine physicians who are further trained to treat pediatric patients in the emergency department. Pediatric Emergency Medicine medical experts are commonly needed in cases regarding the recognition and treatment of life threatening conditions like meningitis, pneumonia, sepsis, testicular torsion, or appendicitis. Learn more…
Pediatric Infectious Disease medical experts are pediatricians specialized in treating infectious diseases in the pediatric patient. Pediatric Infectious Disease medical expert witnesses are commonly needed for both standard of care and causation in the treatment of meningitis, pneumonia, sepsis, Lyme disease, MRSA, or any other viral, bacterial, or fungal infection. Learn more…
Pediatric Gastroenterology medical experts are pediatricians specialized in treating diseases of the digestive system of infants and children. Pediatric Gastroenterology medical expert witnesses are commonly needed to opine on the management of  conditions such as biliary atresia, pyloric stenosis, GI bleeding, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Learn more…
Pediatric Hematology-Oncology medical experts are physicians trained in the treatment of pediatric cancers and blood disorders. Pediatric Hematology-Oncology medical expert witnesses are commonly needed in cases involving acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), Wilms tumor (nephroblastoma), or brain tumors such as astrocytoma. Learn more…
Pediatric Pulmonology medical experts are pediatricians trained to treat pediatric respiratory conditions. Pediatric Pulmonology medical expert witnesses often testify in cases of cystic fibrosis, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, and airway management in a pediatric patient with respiratory distress. Learn more…
Pediatric Nephrology medical experts are pediatricians specialized in the medical management of kidney (renal) conditions in pediatric patients. Pediatric Nephrology medical expert witnesses commonly testify on the management of acute kidney failure necessitating dialysis, as well as as conditions such as a lupus nephritis, or nephrotic syndrome. Learn more…
Pediatric Neurology medical experts are neurologists who specifically specialize in the treatment of pediatric neurological conditions. Pediatric Neurology medical expert witnesses are most commonly needed in cases involving the management of seizures (epilepsy) and status epilepticus (persistent seizure), as well as side-effects of medications used to treat seizures. Learn more…
Pediatric Urology medical experts are urologists specialized in treating pediatric genitourinary conditions. Pediatric Urology medical expert witnesses are commonly needed to opine on the standard of care in cases of circumcision, vesicoureteral reflux (VUR), testicular torsion, and repair of congenital urological abnormalities. Learn more…
Pediatric Radiology medical experts are radiologists specialized in imaging of the pediatric patient. Pediatric Radiology medical expert witnesses are needed in a wide range of both civil and criminal cases. For example, Pediatric Radiology medical expert witnesses testify in cases arising from missed diagnoses such as unrecognized appendicitis on CT imaging or missed fractures on an X-ray. Pediatric Radiology medical expert witnesses are also needed in criminal cases to interpret patterns of skeletal and brain injury that may suggest child abuse. Learn more…
Pediatric Surgery medical experts are surgeons specialized in the treatment of newborns, infants, and children. Pediatric Surgery medical expert witnesses are commonly needed to testify on the standard of care for surgical procedures such as acute appendicitis (appendectomy), intussusception, or intestinal volvulus. Learn more…

DENTAL SPECIALTIES

Endodontics medical experts are dentists that are further specialized in endodontics — the study and treatment of dental pulp. Endodontist medical expert witnesses are most commonly needed for cases regarding root canal surgery or dental implant surgery.
General Dentistry medical experts are dentists that provide routine dental care. General Dentistry medical expert witnesses commonly testify on issues of delayed referral to dental specialists (e.g. endodontics) as well as missed diagnosis of oral cancers that present to dentists.
Orthodontics medical experts are dentists specialized in orthodontics, the study and treatment of dental malocclusion (misalignment). Orthodontic medical experts are Orthodontists who testify in cases involving the functional and cosmetic correction of misaligned teeth, typically via the use of braces, retainers, and other devices.
Periodontics medical experts are dentists that are specialized in treating conditions of structures that support the teeth, such as gums (gingiva) and bones. Periodontic medical expert witnesses (Periodontists) commonly testify in cases involving the treatment of peri-implantitis, gingivitis, dental implants, bone disease and bone loss.
Prosthodontics medical experts are dentists that specialize in the placement of dental implants. Prosthodontics medical expert witnesses (Prosthodontists) are commonly needed in cases involving complex reconstruction of dental and oral deformities or complications arising from dental implants.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery medical experts are either dental (DDS) or surgical (MD) experts who have specialized training in oral and facial surgery. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery medical experts treat a wide range of conditions and commonly testify on the treatment of oral cancer, tooth extraction (e.g. “Wisdom tooth” removal), and facial reconstruction after orofacial cancer or trauma.  The treatment of mandible fracture and TMJ (temporomandibular joint) syndrome is another common area of litigation requiring Oral and Maxillofacial expert witnesses.

NURSING SPECIALTIES

Cardiac Nursing experts are nurses who practice on cardiac care units. Cardiac Nursing experts may be on general telemetry wards or in intensive care units. Cardiac Nursing expert witnesses are utilized frequently in cases arising in post-operative patients (i.e. heart surgery) or post-procedural (i.e. cardiac stenting), as well in cases of falls on cardiac nursing units as these patients are commonly anticoagulated.
Clinical Nurse Leader experts are nurses who are involved in the management and policy making for specific nursing units. Clinical Nurse Leader experts may be also be involved in nursing administration and hospital administration. Cases requiring Clinical Nurse Leader expert witnesses may involve policy issues or situations where patient safety is allegedly compromised due to policy implementation or enforcement.  Common areas of testimony include patient safety, patient monitoring, bedsores (pressure ulcers), falls, and fall-risk prevention.
Critical Care Nursing experts are nurses who care for patients in high acuity units such as the medical and surgical ICU. Critical Care / ICU nurse expert witnesses are commonly needed in cases involving inadequate monitoring and reporting to physicians, inappropriately carrying out physician orders, and on cases such as medication errors and dosing miscalculations.
Emergency Department Nursing experts are nurses who care specifically for patients receiving acute care in the emergency department setting. Emergency Department Nurse expert witnesses are often utilized in cases arising from complications of IV access, inadequate monitoring of critical patients, medication dosing errors, and problems arising from triage.
Hematology-Oncology Nursing experts are nurses who care for patients with cancer, including those undergoing chemotherapy. Hematology-Oncology Nurse expert witnesses are commonly needed in cases involving management of chemotherapy medication (e.g. extravasation injury), chemotherapy side-effect recognition, and protocols for monitoring of high-risk cancer patients.
Infusion Nurse experts are nurses that administer and monitor infusion-based medications. Infusion Nursing Specialists give medications such as chemotherapy, antibiotics, or immune-suppressing medications (e.g. Remicade) in both the offices, outpatient settings, clinics, and homes. Infusion Nursing Specialists also manage PICC (Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter) lines.  Infusion Nurse expert witnesses testify regarding administration guidelines and protocols in all of these areas.
Labor and Delivery Nurse experts are nurses who provide direct care to mothers in active labor. Labor and Delivery Nurse expert witnesses are commonly needed in cases where complications of childbirth arise.  Labor and Delivery Nurse expert witnesses often testify regarding maternal-fetal monitoring, fetal heart monitoring, progression of labor, and communication between L&D nurses and the attending OB/GYN physician.
Long-Term Care Nursing experts are nurses that practice in nursing homes and other specialized care facilities for elderly and/or chronically ill patients. Long-Term Care Nursing expert witnesses are commonly needed for cases involving neglect, elder abuse, bed-sore development, falls, fall-risk assessment, and facility-acquired infections.
Neonatal ICU (NICU) Nursing experts are nurses with practices devoted to the care of critically ill newborns. Many complications take place in the NICU, and thus NICU nurse expert witnesses are commonly needed to testify on the applicable standard of care. Typical cases involve intravenous line complications (e.g. extravasation), medication dose errors, and inappropriate patient monitoring.
Nurse Anesthetist experts are nurses specifically trained to provide routine anesthesia for surgical procedures. Typically, Nurse Anesthetists are monitored by a physician Anesthesiologist. Nurse Anesthetist expert witnesses commonly testify in cases alleging of inadequate intraoperative monitoring, anesthesia medication errors, and complications of airway management (e.g. esophageal intubation, hypoxemia, failure to intubate).
Nurse Practitioner experts arise from a wide range of specialties such as emergency medicine, orthopedic surgery or neurosurgery. Since Nurse Practitioners function as independent providers that require no direct physician co-signature, Nurse Practitioner expert witnesses are required in any medical negligence case involving a Nurse Practitioner. Learn more…
Operating Room (OR) Nursing experts are nurses that provide intraoperative nursing care by assisting surgeons, helping patients, and performing sponge and needle counts. Operating Room Nurse expert witnesses are needed in cases where patient safety has allegedly been compromised.  Examples where an OR Nurse expert witness may testify include patient falls during transfer, medication errors, or problems related to instrument (sponge, needle, and instrument) counts.
Pediatric Nursing experts are nurses that practice on an inpatient pediatric units or outpatient clinics. Pediatric Nurse expert witnesses are commonly needed for cases in which complications arise as a result of monitoring, medication administration, or patient safety.
Perioperative Nursing and Post-Anesthesia Care (PACU) experts are nurses that provide preoperative and postoperative nursing care. Perioperative and PACU Nurse expert witnesses frequently opine regarding anesthesia complications and immediate post-surgical complications such as hypoxemia (hypoxic injury), airway loss, postoperative bleeding, and PACU monitoring.
Wound Care Nursing experts are nurses specialized in the care of patients with chronic wounds. Wound Care Nurse expert witnesses commonly testify regarding pressure ulcers, also known as decubitus ulcers or bedsores. These litigation-prone pressure wounds typically occur over a bony prominence such as the sacrum, coccyx, or heels. Wound Care Nurse expert witnesses also testify regarding other wounds such as diabetic foot infections.

PHARMACY SPECIALTIES

Pharmacy medical experts work in retail settings dispensing medications and counseling patients. In some states, Pharmacists may perform clinical services such as vaccination. Pharmacy expert witnesses testify on various standards of care related to the dispensing of prescription medication. A Pharmacist expert witness may testify regarding misfiled prescriptions, drug interactions, and medication errors.
Clinical Pharmacy medical experts are pharmacists working in inpatient settings caring for acutely ill patients. Clinical Pharmacy medical expert witnesses are commonly utilized in litigation to analyze medication errors, medication dose calculations, and medication side-effects that occur in the inpatient setting. The role of Clinical Pharmacy in healthcare is ever-expanding to include pain management (PCA pumps), drug interaction monitoring, and total parenteral nutrition (TPN). Consequently, an experienced Clinical Pharmacy expert witness may be critical to your case.
Nutrition and Neutraceutical medical experts are pharmacy and physician experts involved in nutritional supplements and neutraceutical product development. Modest FDA oversight of this burgeoning industry, combined with insatiable demand, accounts for the large number of nutritional supplements and neutraceuticals on the market. With a growing number of claims against the manufacturers of over-the-counter supplements (e.g. weight loss, energy drinks, herbal supplements), a Nutraceutical expert witness or Nutrition expert witness is paramount to the success of your case.
Oncologic Pharmacy medical experts are pharmacy experts that specialize in the dosing and administration of chemotherapeutic agents. Oncologic Pharmacy expert witnesses are commonly needed in litigation involving chemotherapy drugs and their associated dosing, side effects, and toxicity.
Psychiatric Pharmacy medical experts are pharmacists who focus specifically on psychiatric medications. Psychiatric Pharmacy medical expert witnesses are commonly needed for cases involving inpatient treatment centers, as well as outpatient management of complex psychiatric conditions requiring medications prone to interactions and side-effects. Learn more…

INSURANCE

Insurance Administration experts are physician and business-trained executives who oversee insurance policy administration. Insurance Administration expert witnesses are in great demand due to increasing governmental regulation and cases involving insurance-related claims. Common areas of litigation and testimony involve policy and management, as well as issues involving third-party administrators (TPA). Our Insurance Administration experts are thoroughly versed in these complex issues and are the key to any insurance related case.
Insurance Utilization Review experts are typically physician executives experienced in utilization management, the evaluation of the appropriateness and necessity of health care services delivered via a health benefits plan. Utilization review expert witnesses assess and testify regarding the practices and decisions of insurance companies and providers. With denial-of-care claims on the rise, insurance utilization expert witnesses are increasingly in demand. Additionally, claims involving third party administrators (TPAs) managing self-funded insurance plans also need top-tier Utilization Review experts.
An Independent Medical Examination is a key element of many personal injury, medical negligence, and ERISA claims. ELITE MEDICAL EXPERTS specializes in hand-vetting experienced Independent Medical Examinations (IME) experts from all medical and surgical specialties. Our goal is to provide unbiased, accurate, evidence-based assessments that address the unique and specific questions in your case.

ADMINISTRATION, BILLING & COMPLIANCE

Billing and Coding expert witnesses are increasingly in demand due to recent changes in healthcare (CMS) regulations and auditing. Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs or RAC Audits) are identifying countless cases of alleged billing fraud and abuse, while Qui Tam (Federal Whistleblower Protection Act) litigation under the Federal False Claims Act results in additional cases. From medical record audits to complex statistical analysis, Billing and Coding expert witnesses address Medicare/Medicaid Fraud & Abuse, ICD-9-CM & CPT Coding, and all aspects of compliance and utilization review.
Given the wide range of governing bodies that regulate healthcare entities, Healthcare Compliance expert witnesses may arise from nearly any healthcare field. Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs), Hospitals, Free Standing Emergency Departments, Urgent Care Centers, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) all have specific regulations that govern their accreditation. As such, an expert specific to the field in question is necessary in cases where compliance is under scrutiny.
Since hospital policies and procedures may lead to system-based errors and medical complications, Hospital Administration expert witnesses are an indispensable asset in many medical negligence cases. From issues of negligent credentialing to staffing ratios, an experienced Hospital Administration expert witness is a critical resource in cases involving administrative issues at hospitals and other healthcare facilities.