Bringing Anesthesiology and Law Together, Conceptually and Factually

Using a Cross-Disciplinary Knowledge to Help Litigators Enhance Outcomes and Efficiencies in Anesthesia Malpractice Lawsuits

After working as a lawyer for eight years, I returned to school to study medicine. Upon graduation from medical school, I completed a residency in anesthesiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago and have practiced medicine as an anesthesiologist for over twenty years. I am board certified and have worked in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers. As an attending anesthesiologist on the medical staff at Franciscan Saint James Health, a teaching hospital, I participate in the supervision and clinical teaching of certified registered nurse anesthetists, nurse anesthetist students, medical students and resident physicians in pre, intra and post-operative anesthesia care. I am a member of the General Surgery Residents Core Competencies Committee. I have experience in the claims review process, have written expert reports in anesthesia medical negligence and professional disability cases and have testified at deposition and trial.

As an experienced anesthesiologist who has participated in countless operations in a wide variety of settings, I am able to complete a probing expert medical analysis, interpreting complicated medical conditions, procedures and treatments. As I examine medical records, I not only see what has been recorded, but also take note of what is missing. I will reveal all the anesthesia clinical issues and assess the clinical decisions made regarding the patient's management. As a former practicing attorney, I have the background to anticipate and analyze the opponent's medical strategies, positions and arguments. I am able to add value by identifying other potential defendants and witnesses, participating in case development conferences, preparing the medical witnesses and making certain counsel is ready for discovery and trial.

At the end of the day, my goal is to provide cost-effective, high-value service to attorneys in pursuit of just results for their clients. I am an objective, trusted resource in case evaluation, an articulate communicator, an easy-to-work-with advisor and a relevant contributor to bring about a clear understanding of the case, for either plaintiff or defense.