Stuart Packer, MD is an Associate Professor of Medicine at The Albert Einstein Medical School and the Clinical Director of Medical Oncology at Montefiore Medical Center and the Montefiore-Einstein Center
Dr. Packer graduated with honors from the State University of New York downstate Medical Center. He was trained at Duke University Medical Center and is board certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology. Following several years on the faculty at Duke University Medical Center he was recruited to be Chief of Medical Oncology at St. Mary's Regional Cancer Center. He was on the staff of the Fox Chase Cancer center and instrumental in developing the Fox Chase Network. In 2002 he became a member of the section of GI oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He was subsequently recruited to be Director of the Solid Tumor Service and Head of the section of Thoracic and Head and Neck Oncology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
Doug Johnson-Greene, Ph.D., MPH, ABPP is a rehabilitation psychologist and neuropsychologist who has been practicing for over 20 years in academic medical centers. He joined the faculty at the University of Miami School of Medicine in 2009 after spending 13 years on the faculty of the Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is currently a tenured Professor, Director of Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology, Director of the South Florida Traumatic Brain Injury Model System, and Vice-Chairman of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the University of Miami - Miller School of Medicine.
He received his doctorate in 1993 from the University of Mississippi, completed his internship at the Portland VA and Oregon Health Sciences University, and completed postdoctoral training at the University of Michigan in 1996. He is the only person in the United States board certified in Clinical Psychology, Rehabilitation Psychology, and Clinical Neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Divisions 12, 22, 40, and 50), the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, and the National Academy of Neuropsychology.
In addition to his clinical and medicolegal practices he has a long-standing commitment to training and has trained over 80 students and postdoctoral fellows during his career. He has received grant funding from NIH, DOD, and National Institute of Disability Research and Rehabilitation (NIDRR) and has over 100 research publications. He currently serves as the Director and Principle Investigator for the South Florida Traumatic Brain Injury Model System (SF-TBIMS) one of 16 TBI Model System programs sponsored by the Department of Education. In addition to training and research activities, he has served in numerous national professional leadership roles over the past 20 years for grant review panels, journals, and national organizations and is currently on the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, the executive committee of the Society of clinical Neuropsychology, and the editorial board of the journals the Rehabilitation Psychologist and The Clinical Neuropsychologist.
John A Perrotti, MD is a plastic surgeon in private practice in New York, performing cosmetic plastic surgery. In addition, he is as part of a group academic practice where he attends general plastic surgery clinic, takes emergency call and performs general plastic surgery. Dr. Perrotti works closely with plastic surgery residents and aesthetic fellows, general surgery residents and medical students. Dr. Perrotti also provides consulting services to the finance, healthcare and legal sectors.
Dr. Perrotti is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at New York Medical College and Adjunct Staff, Department of Plastic Surgery, The Cleveland Clinic. He has been Program Director of the Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Fellowship at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital.
Dr. Perrotti is licensed in New York and Florida, is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Perrotti graduated from New York Medical College and completed general surgery training at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York, plastic surgery training at the Cleveland Clinic, and a cosmetic surgery fellowship in Miami.
Dr. Perrotti has served on quality assurance and operating room committees and has coordinated a monthly aesthetic plastic surgery lecture series. He has been featured in 'The Best Beauty Docs', New York Magazine and Castle-Connelly Top Doctors-New York Metro Area.
Dr. Robert J. Kowalski was born in Meadowbrook, PA and graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Upon graduation, he was awarded a full scholarship and completed a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. After five years of service in the Navy's Civil Engineering Corps, he was awarded an Air Force Scholarship to attend the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa, Florida. After graduating with honors (A.O.A.), he completed his residency in neurological surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. During his residency, Dr. Kowalski utilized his engineering background and distinguished himself academically conducting extensive research on spinal biomechanics. His research efforts culminated with the award of a prestigious two year grant form the Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation (NREF). After residency, he completed a fellowship in complex spinal surgery jointly with the departments of Neurosurgery and Orthopedic Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. After completing his fellowship, Dr. Kowalski served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force for four years. His service included a tour as the Operation Enduring Freedom Neurosurgeon during which he served as the sole neurosurgeon in Afghanistan. Dr. Kowlaski served the balance of his military career as the Director of Spinal Surgery at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, TX - the Air Force's premier tertiary, world wide referral medical center and only Level I Trauma Center.
Dr. Kowalski is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and is a Fellow of both the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Kowalski continues to maintain his status as a Registered Professional Engineer (PE) and participates in multiple ongoing new technology clinical trials with his fellow Florida Spine Institute colleagues.
Dr. Kowalski's practice encompasses all aspects of cranial and spinal surgery with particular emphasis on motion preservation technologies, minimally invasive surgery (MIS) techniques, and spinal instrumentation.
Dr. Kowalski practices alongside a multi-disciplinary spine care team at the Florida Spine Institute . Florida Spine Institute is the leading, and one of most trusted, medical facilities that specializes in back & neck care, pain management, neurology, and minimally invasive spine surgery in the Clearwater, St. Petersburg and Tampa area. The board certified doctors, surgeons and therapist provide their patients with all of their consultations and treatment on a single campus which has helped thousands of patients for over 20 years.
Bradley A. Dennis, MD, MS, MPH, CPE, CHE, FACHE, FACOG, a practicing board certified obstetrician/gynecologist, with added certifications in medical and healthcare management, Clinical Associate Professor, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine/University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, expert reviewer and witness, medical record reviewer, with over 30 years of experience; expertise in birth injuries, fetal monitoring, shoulder dystocia, obstetric/gynecological operative injuries and their complications, women health issues, office gynecology, healthcare quality/safety/patient experience and peer review.
Dr. Dennis received his BS degree from Howard University, Washington DC, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa; MD degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA; a Master of Science in Administrative Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, Madison, Wisconsin; and a Masters of Public Health with concentrations in Community Health and Health Policy from Harvard University School of Public Health, Boston Massachusetts.
Dr. Dennis is a past President of the Cleveland Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a member of the American College of Legal Medicine, the American Association of Physician Leadership, a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Healthcare Management and holds memberships in several other professional organizations.
Recent non-clinical presentations include: Malpractice and the Primary Care Physician; Liability of Physicians Supervising Non-Physician Clinicians: Strategies towards Prevention; Suicide in the Resident Physician Population: Etiology and Prevention Strategies.
David S. Silvers, MD, is a practicing board certified neurologist, with additional certifications in electromyography and neuromuscular medicine. He opened a solo practice, Gardens Neurology, in Palm Beach Gardens in August, 2014 and in April, 2015, opened up an Insomnia Center. Prior to Gardens Neurology, he was in a group neurology practice in Hartford, Connecticut for 18 years, where he was a Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology, at the University of Connecticut. He was twice awarded the teaching award of neurology residents. While practicing in Hartford, he was on the Top Doctors list from 2010-2014. He has published several case reports in prestigious journals including Neurology, Journal of Neurology, Psychiatry and Neurosurgery and Muscle and Nerve. He specializes in general neurology, with particular interest in neuromuscular medicine, movement disorders, sleep medicine and traumatic brain injury/concussion. He gave a grand round lecture at Hartford Hospital on traumatic brain injury in 2013.
Dr. Silvers did his undergraduate studies at Princeton university. He received his MD at Tufts medical school. He completed two years of medicine at Mount Auburn Hospital. His neurology training was at the Harvard Longwood Program at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Beth-Israel / Deaconess. His neuromuscular / EMG fellowship was at Brown University's Rhode Island Hospital.
Dr. Silvers has recently begun to do expert witness work to complement his clinical practice.
John L. Merritt, MD, FACP RehabMedSouth, Inc
John L. Merritt, MD, FACP Professor of Medicine & Neurology, Univ. South Florida, Tampa. Attending Physician, Spinal Cord Injury Center, James A. Haley VA Hospital
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN Residency: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 1976 Huntington Mem. Hospital, Pasadena, CA: Residency, Internal Medicine, 1974 Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC: Doctor of Medicine, 1971 Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC BS: Chemistry, 1967
Internal Medicine; Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation; Spinal Cord Medicine
Neuro-regeneration, Olfactory Mucosal Autografts, Stem Cell Therapies Spinal Cord Injury Acute and Chronic, Outcomes; Prevention of Urinary Tract Infections Prevention of Urinary Tract Infection in Spinal Cord Injury Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Management; Respiratory Intervention in Quadriplegia
Energy Expenditure in Paraplegia; Metabolic Changes in Chronic SCI Ethics, Beginning and End of Life Issues, Palliative Care Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Outcome Prediction and Management Life Expectancy and Outcomes in Spinal Cord Injury
Positions and Honors
Professor of Medicine & Neurology, University of South Florida, 2003- present Chief, Spinal Cord Injury Center, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital, Tampa, FL 2003- 2008 Professor & Chairman: Phys Med & Rehab, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee,1996-01 Professor, Adjunct, School of Bioengineering, Marquette University, 2000- 2002 Professor, Physical Med.& Rehab, University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine 1993-96 Consultant (Staff), Mayo Clinic, Depart Phys Med & Rehab, Rochester, MN, 1976-1990 Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehab, Mayo Clinic Medical School, Rochester, MN 1990 Best Doctors in America, Tampa Bay Metro region, elected: 2009, 2010, 2011.
Recent Publications, Presentations, Selected
1.Gutierrez CJ, Stevens C, Merritt JL, Pope C, Tanasescu M, Curtiss G: Trendelenburg Chest Optimization Prolongs Spontaneous Breathing Trials in Ventilator-dependent Patients with Low Cervical Spinal Cord Injury, J Rehab Research & Dev, vol. 47:3, 2010, 261-272. 2.Merritt JL, Merritt JLII: When Does Human Life Begin? A Fresh Look at Scientific, Scriptural and Historical Evidence (book), Crystal Clear Books, 2010, Tampa, FL 3. Darouiche RO, Green BG, Donovan SH, Schwartz M, Merritt JL, Riosa S, Hull RA: Bacterial Interference Prevents Urinary Tract Infections in Spinal Cord Injury, A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Double-Blind, Multi-center Trial: Urology 2011 (in press). 4.Merritt JL, Merritt JL II, Merritt, BP: The Beginning of Human Life: The Central Role of Implantation in Developmental Biology and Historical Records, Ethics Section, International Society for Stem Cell Research, Barcelona, Spain, July 9, 2009
Brad Sherman is the Medical Director and Chair of the Department of Medicine at North Shore University Health System Glen Cove Hospital. In that role, Dr. Sherman is the director of Quality and Performance Improvement for the Department of Medicine. He has completed Advanced Leadership Courses from the National Council of Healthcare Leadership and the North Shore LIJ Physician High Potential Program. He completed a Fellowship in Quality from the Greater New York Hospital Association in 2009 and the Advanced Leadership Development Course from the National Counsel of Healthcare Leadership.
Dr. Sherman has been involved in several Quality initiatives including a Six Sigma Project on Reducing Variation in Care for Patients Admitted with Heart Failure; A Capstone Project on Reducing thirty one day readmissions for patients with Heart Failure, and a project on Physician Accountability and Responsibility titled, "Who is in Charge." Dr. Sherman is on several leadership committee's for the North Shore Health System including the North Shore LIJ Committee on Quality for the Board of Trustee's , The Faculty Practice Executive Committee on Quality; The Faculty Practice Leadership Council that he Chairs. Dr. Sherman is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Hofstra University School of Medicine. Dr. Sherman has recent articles on the Hospitalist Perspective on Treatment of Community-Acquired Bacterial Pneumonia and on the Treatment of Skin and Soft Tissue Infections. He has recently completed the Healthcare Leadership Academy's Physician Leadership program.
Robert M. Quencer, M.D. is the Robert Shapiro Professor of Radiology at the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine. He is the Chairman of the Department of Radiology a position he has held since 1992.
With more than 34 years of clinical experience in South Florida, he completed his undergraduate studies at Cornell University his medical degree from Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse and his residency at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. Following his residency, he completed an NIH sponsored fellowship in Neuroradiology at the Neurological Institute of New York. From 1972-1976 he was an assistant professor of Radiology at the Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn New York. He joined the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital in 1976.
In addition to his clinical, academic and leadership roles, he has published over 150 articles and book chapters in many areas of neuroimaging and has authored two books in neuroradiology. His research interest has centered mainly on spine imaging, intraoperative neurosonography, MR studies of CFS flow and spinal cord injury. Dr. Quencer served as the RSNA Subcommittee Chairman for Neuroradiology and served as Deputy Editor of the American Journal of Neuroradiology from 1984-1997. He is one of the founding members and former President of the Southeastern Neurological Society 1980-1981. Dr. Quencer was also a former President of the American Society of Neuroradiology from 1994-1995. Dr. Quencer also served as Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Neuroradiology from 1998-2005. He served as Chairman of the Scientific Program Committee of the RSNA 2008-2010.
He is the recipient of the Gold Medal Award from the Florida Radiology Society in 2008. In 2007 he received the Gold Medal Award from the American Society of Neuroradiology. His awards include the Alpha Omega Alpha, medical honorary society at the Upstate Medical Center. The Best Doctors in America and 1993-present and was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Radiology in 1994.
Mirand Sharma grew up in Buffalo, New York. Attended Cornel University (1984 - 1988) with a degree in biochemistry. Attended Medical School at the NYU School of medicine (1988 - 1992), and completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at Albany Medical Center in Albany New York (1992 to 1996). He practiced briefly in Chicago in 1996, then practiced at Quincy Medical Center and Boston Medical Center from 1997 - 2001. Since 2001 to the present, Sharma has lived and practiced in the Central Florida area. He is residency trained and board certified in Emergency Medicine by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine.
Stephen F. Cain
Stewart Tilghman Fox Bianchi & Cain, P.A.
One Southeast Third Avenue
Miami, FL 33131-1764 (305) 358-6644 email@example.com
Stephen Cain joined the firm in 2002 as an associate and was recognized for his superior work on behalf of the firm's clients when he was promoted to partner with the firm in 2005. In 2010 he became a named partner in the firm. The focus of his practice is on the representation of catastrophically injured victims and claims involving wrongful death.
Stephen has successfully pursued personal injury claims on behalf of clients in cases involving medical malpractice, defective products, automobile accidents, negligent security, legal malpractice, admiralty/maritime accidents and general negligence. His efforts have resulted in numerous verdicts and settlements in excess of a million dollars. Together with firm partner David Bianchi, he successfully represented the parents of a young college student who was killed as a result of fraternity hazing that resulted in a jury verdict of $14,000,000.
In addition to his work here at the firm, Stephen is also active in various legal organizations on both a state and national level that focus on preserving the legal rights of victims and their families. He currently serves on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Florida Justice Association (FJA). With the full support of the firm, he spends countless hours in Tallahassee lobbying our elected officials in the Florida Legislature to insure that victims and their families continue to have the rights guaranteed them under the Constitution to pursue their claims for injuries and death resulting from the negligence of others. He is also a member of the American Association for Justice and served on the Board of Governors (2005-2006), American Bar Association, The Florida Bar and the Miami-Dade Justice Association and served on the Board of Directors (2005-Present).
Stephen received his undergraduate degree from Florida State University. He graduated cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law where he was recognized with honors in the nationally renowned Litigation Skills program. He has continued to excel in his professional practice and has been recognized by various publications and his peers as a Florida Trend "Legal Elite", a Florida Super Lawyer "Top Young Lawyer", and as an "Up and Comer" by the South Florida Legal Guide.
Stephen is married to his wife, Marni, and together they have three children, Raftin, Hudson and Savannah. He is actively involved in the community and with various charities.
Skip Pita is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He has been recognized as a Top Lawyer by the South Florida Legal Guide since 2002. In 2011, the National Trial Lawyers Association named Skip as a top 100 trial lawyer in Florida. In 2010, he was recognized state-wide as a top lawyer in Florida's Legal Elite.
In 2003, Skip won a jury verdict of over $10 million for a paralyzed South Florida security officer who was in a contested auto accident with a Hertz rental car. In 2007, Skip won a medical malpractice jury award, and was nominated to the American Board of Trial Advocacy by his opponent, who was the President of the Florida Bar.
In 2008, after having juries award more than Skip requested in closing argument, Skip was asked by the National Business Institute to teach at lawyer seminars on persuasive closing argument.
In 2013 and 2104, Skip delivered the medical malpractice law update at the Florida Justice Assoc. Convention.
Skip has represented numerous other clients against major defense firms and insurance carriers throughout Florida, consistently delivering successful verdicts and settlements.
Skip is licensed in both the state and federal courts of Florida. He serves on the board of the Florida Justice Association, is a member of the Miami-Dade Justices Assoc., the American Justice Assoc., and National American Trial Lawyers Association.
Skip attended law school at Southern Methodist University, and received a masters in law at George Washington University. He attended undergraduate school at the University of Texas.
Skip grew up in both the United States and in Latin America. He is fluent in Spanish and English.
Stuart N. Ratzan, shareholder of Ratzan Law Group, has successfully tried and resolved many of Florida's most significant catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases. On behalf of patients and consumers, he has taken on the most powerful hospitals, doctors, manufacturers and insurance companies in the state. He has also won cases for countless consumers in catastrophic injury cases against property owners, trucking companies, consumer product manufacturers, automobile insurance companies and government entities. Mr. Ratzan's practice includes personal injury and commercial litigation in state and federal courts throughout the U.S.
Annually recognized by the South Florida Legal Guide, Florida Trend magazine and Florida Super Lawyers as one of Florida's top attorneys, Mr. Ratzan has an, AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available. Mr. Ratzan serves on the Executive Council of the Trial Lawyers Section for the Florida Bar and is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Justice Association (FJA), formerly the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, serving on the organization's Executive Committee and was the co-chair of the Medical Malpractice Committee. Mr. Ratzan is also a member of the America Association for Justice, the Dade County Bar Association, Miami-Dade Justice Association, the Florida Bar Association (Trial Lawyers Section) and the American Bar Association. He is a former board member of the Florida Bar Association's Board of Governors and past president of the Florida Bar's Young Lawyers Division. He currently serves on the Executive Council of the Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section.
Active in legal and community organizations, Mr. Ratzan has received several awards from the Florida Justice Association in recognition of his fundraising efforts. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. Mr. Ratzan is a frequent lecturer at seminars for the Florida Bar Association and the FJA, speaking throughout Florida on trial practice, catastrophic injury litigation and consumer advocacy.
Mr. Ratzan is a 1987 cum laude graduate of Amherst College, and he received his J.D., cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law in 1991.
Herman J. Russomanno
Russomanno & Borrello, P.A.
Museum Tower, Penthouse 2800
150 West Flagler Street
Miami, Florida 33130
Mr. Russomanno is Board Certified as a Civil Trial Lawyer by The Florida Bar and by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He has been certified and recertified since 1986. He is the past Chair of the Civil Trial Certification Committee of The Florida Bar.
Mr. Russomanno is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, The International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the International Society of Barristers. He is President of the Roscoe Pound Institute. He is a past president of The Florida Bar, The Florida Supreme Court Historical Society, The International Academy of Trial Lawyers, The Florida Board of Trial Advocates, The Miami Dade Justice Association, The Dade County Bar Association and ABOTA-Miami Chapter. He serves in the ABA House of Delegates, AAJ's Board of Governors and on the Board of the FJA. He has been an adjunct professor of law teaching ethics and trial advocacy since 1984. He is a member of the ABA Ethics Commission 20/20.
Mr. Russomanno was named Florida Trial Lawyer of the Year by ABOTA in 2001. He has continually been selected in the Best Lawyers in America in both personal injury and commercial law. Mr. Russomanno has 38 years experience in personal injury/wrongful death, medical malpractice, class action, products liability, complex commercial litigation and multidistrict litigation.
Mr. Russomanno graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Rutgers University and graduated from Samford University Cumberland School of Law. Following graduation, Mr. Russomanno clerked for a United States Federal District Court Judge and then as a law clerk for an Associate Justice on the Alabama Supreme Court.
Mr. Russomanno is the past recipient of the Justice Harry Lee Anstead Professionalism Award, the B.J. Masterson Award for Professionalism, The Pursuit of Justice Award from the Tort and Insurance Practice Section of the ABA; The Jon E. Krupnick Award for Perseverance, the David W Dyer Professionalism Award, AAJ Howard Twiggs Commitment to Justice Award and recipient of the Anti-Defamation League 2014 Jurisprudence Award.
Annually recognized by the South Florida Legal Guide, Florida Trend and Florida Super Lawyer as one of Florida's top attorneys in tort and commercial litigation. Mr. Russomanno is a frequent lecturer at seminars for the American Bar Association, The Florida Bar, The National Business Institute, American Justice Association and Florida Justice Association on trial practice, ethics, catastrophic injury litigation and complex commercial litigation.