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Expert in Psychology, Internal Medicine/Rheumatology, Clinical Medicine, Chronic Pain Management

Expert ID: 736097 California, USA

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I am a Board-Certified Rheumatologist (additionally with Boards in Internal Medicine), and extensive experience and expertise in Immunology as well.

My official title is Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine and Cedars Sinai Medical Center, and I am self-employed.

Appropriately, in this time of pandemic, I am very knowledgeable, (and have discussed with a number of colleagues as well), regarding the actual and potential effects of the Covid 19 viral pandemic on current and future medical care and drug utilization.

Although spending the majority of my time in Private Practice (80%), I hold a dual academic appointment (Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine) with the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Cedars Sinai Medical Center, and regularly lecture on diagnosis and treatment paradigms regarding New Drug Therapies, Rheumatoid Arthritis, SLE, Gout, Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia, Biosimilars, Pain Therapies, etc., to Rheumatology Fellows and Internal Medicine Residents.

I am considered a KOL in Gout, as well as several other Rheumatological diseases.

My academic appointment also gives me extensive exposure and access to clinical trials of various medications without having the confidentiality restrictions of being directly involved. I am well aware of not providing ANY information that is not publicly available.

I have been and still am very involved with both local and regional treatment guidelines for many of the Rheumatological and Immunological diseases, and specifically avoid direct involvement in clinical studies, in order to avoid any possibility of conflict of interest or confidentiality restrictions. I have assisted in the design of Clinical Studies and Speaker Decks in the past, but no longer do so, and have no current confidentiality or Conflict of Interest restrictions.

I am a member of a major metropolitan Hospital's Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee for the past 15+ years. Decisions are made for a 900-bed hospital as well as for associated outpatient clinics, which frequently sets precedents for many other local and regional hospitals and clinics, including both Academic and private facilities, because of its outstanding reputation.

With an extensive network of contacts in academia, high level physician practices, and more "middle America" practices, I frequently solicit input from these contacts to obtain a more comprehensive and extensive view of various drugs, such that I am able to provide more complete information about various drugs and their potential utilization than any single physician.

In addition to evaluating drugs, clinical trials, etc., from an academic viewpoint, I am able to assess the potential for drug utilization from 3 different practice perspectives.
Because my private practice main office is in a “major metropolitan medical Mecca” (West Los Angeles-Beverly Hills, CA), where I also teach part time (15% of my time) as an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA and Cedars Sinai Medical Center, and have a satellite office in an area best described as rural/suburban (Antelope Valley), that is more reflective of “middle America,” I have the opportunity to observe the very different practice and prescription patterns between these two areas, for Primary, Specialty, and Sub-Specialty Physicians, as well as extensive exposure to the "Academic Environment" prescription patterns as the Supervising Attending Physician at an Academic Hospital Outpatient Rheumatology Clinic.

Areas of Subspecialization and Special Interest:
Rheumatoid Arthritis,
Diagnosis and Treatment
New modalities and therapeutic regimens for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Gout and Hyperuricemia
Diagnosis and Treatment
Newer medications in the treatment of Gout
Osteoarthritis
Classification, Diagnosis, and Treatment
Newer modalities and therapeutic regimens for osteoarthritis
Fibromyalgia
Diagnosis and treatment, underlying etiology
Newer modalities and therapeutic regimens for Fibromyalgia
Systemic Lupus Erythematosis
Diagnosis and Treatment
Innovative therapies for the treatment of SLE
Collagen Vascular Diseases (Polymyositis, Dermatomyositis, MCTD, etc.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Innovative Therapies
Seronegative Spondyloarthropathies
Diagnosis and Treatment
Newer modalities in the treatment of Ankylosing Spondylitis and Psoriatic Arthritis
Musculo-Skeletal Disorders
Duypuytrens Contracture
Tendonitis, epicondylitis, bursitis
New Drug Development in Rheumatology and Immunology
Immunologic Pathways, intra- and extra-cellular (Cytokines, JaK, SyK, STAT, etc.)
Steroid sparing agents
Selective Glucocorticoid Receptor Agonists (SEGRA/SGRM)
Pain Management
Newer therapeutic options
Biosimilars
Development of FDA & EMA (European Union) Guidelines
Genomic Medicine
Diagnostic and Therapeutic Biomarkers

Expert has served as an advisor and provided expert consultation for a number of investment and venture capital firms regarding specific drug products and pharmaceutical companies, and has advised pharmaceutical companies based on his expertise and past experiences in marketing strategy, including assistance with training of Pharmaceutical Representatives and Medical Science Liaisons representatives, and the preparation of Speaker Program Slide Decks.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Los Angeles, California

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1984 Degree: Fellowship in Rheumatology and Immunology Subject: Rheumatology and Immunology Institution: Cedars Sinai Medical Center
Year: 1980 Degree: Internal Medicine residency Subject: Internal Medicine Institution: Cedars Sinai Medical Center
Year: 1978 Degree: Internship Subject: Internal Medicine Internship Institution: Valley Medial Center of Fresno
Year: 1977 Degree: MD Subject: Medicine Institution: UCLA School of Medicine
Year: 1973 Degree: BA Subject: Psychology Institution: UCLA

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1984 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine Department: Internal Medicine/Rheumatology Responsibilities: In addition to my private independent practices, I teach Rheumatology Fellows about Rheumatologic diseases and their diagnostic and treatment paradigms, as part of my responsibilities as an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA and Cedars Sinai Medical Center (voluntary).
Years: 1984 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine Department: Internal Medicine/Rheumatology Responsibilities: In addition to my private independent practices, I teach Rheumatology Fellows about Rheumatologic diseases and their diagnostic and treatment paradigms, as part of my responsibilities as an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA and Cedars Sinai Medical Center (voluntary).
Years: 1984 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Physician Department: Responsibilities: In addition to evaluating drugs, clinical trials, etc., from an academic viewpoint, I am able to assess the potential for drug utilization from 3 different practice perspectives.
Because my private practice main office is in a “major metropolitan medical Mecca” (Beverly Hills, CA), where I also teach part time (10% of my time) as an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA and Cedars Sinai Medical Center, and have a satellite office in an area best described as rural/suburban (Antelope Valley), that is more reflective of “middle America,” I have the opportunity to observe the very different practice and prescription patterns between these two areas, for both Primary and Specialty Physicians, as well as extensive exposure to the "Academic Environment" prescription patterns as the Supervising Attending Physician at an Academic Hospital Outpatient Rheumatology Clinic.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
American Rheumatism Association
American College of Rheumatology
Southern California Rheumatism Association
American Medical Association
California Medical Association
Los Angeles County Medical Association

Licenses / Certifications
Certification:
Pain Management and End of Life Care – Certified
American Board of Internal Medicine/Rheumatology - Certified
American Board of Emergency Medicine – Qualified
American Board of Internal Medicine – Certified
Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners

Licensure:
Radiation Supervisor and Operator, State of California
Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) – Certified
Controlled Substance Certificate (DEA)
State of California License
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

Professional Appointments
Appointments: (Medical)

American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Ambassador

Special Rheumatology Consultant, Speaker Deck Preparation, Millennium Communications Group

Primary Invited KOL (Key Opinion Leader) for Knee Osteoarthritis Communispace Website for Physicians

Regional Disease State Media Contact for Osteoarthritis
Pacific Coast Region

Covidien/Mallinckrodt Marketing Advisory Board

Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
Cedars Sinai Medical Center

Rheumatology Fellow Evaluation Committee
Cedars Sinai Medical Center

Lecturer, Division of Rheumatology
Cedars Sinai Medical Center
Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs Overview

Lecturer, Division of Rheumatology
Cedars Sinai Medical Center
Fibromyalgia: Diagnosis and Treatment

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Committee
Cedars Sinai Medical Center

Medical Advisory Board Ankylosing Spondylitis Association (ASA)

Board of Directors,
Good Beginnings Charitable Foundation (Neo-Natal ICU)

President, San Vincente Physical and Occupational Therapy Rehabilitation Center

Contributor, Feature Articles Ankylosing Spondylitis Association Newsletter

Medical Advisor
American Lupus Society
Antelope Valley Chapter

Featured Testimony: Necessity of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Department of Health Services, State of California Regulatory Commission Hearings (AB799)

Featured Speaker American Medicine Writers Association Convention

Private Consultant, Medical Technical Advisor Television and Motion Pictures

Member American Medical Association Physician Advisory Panel to Television, Motion Pictures, and Radio

Consultant California State Office of Emergency Services

Internship Evaluation Committee Cedars Sinai Medical Center

Medical Curriculum Evaluation Committee University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine


Appointments: (non-medical)

President, Board of Directors MountainGate Country Club

Greens Chairman
MountainGate Country Club

Delegate, Southern California Golf Association

Board of Directors,
MountainGate Country Club

Japan America Society Advisory Board

Japan America Society Golf Tournament Committee

Board of Directors,
Good Beginnings Charitable Foundation (Neo-Natal ICU)

Board of Directors
San Vincente Physical and Occupational Therapy Rehabilitation Center
Awards / Recognition
Ambassador, American College of Rheumatology
Founding Fellow American Rheumatism Association
Fellow, American College of Rheumatology
Fellow, American College of Medicine
Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine/Rheumatology
Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine
Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners
Phi Beta Kappa
Magna Cum Laude
Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society
Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society
Pi Lambda Phi Service Society
Phi Delta Epsilon Service Society
Medicus Association
Medical / Professional
Education:

Senior Fellow in Rheumatology July, 1982 – June, 1983
Cedars Sinai Medical Center and
University of California Los Angeles

Fellow in Rheumatology July, 1981 – June, 1982
Cedars Sinai Medical Center and
University of California Los Angeles

Senior Resident, Internal Medicine July 1979 – June, 1980
Cedars Sinai Medical Center and
University of California Los Angeles

Junior Resident, Internal Medicine December, 1978 – June, 1979
Cedars Sinai Medical Center and
University of California Los Angeles

Junior Resident, Internal Medicine July, 1978 – December, 1978
Valley Medical Center of Fresno and
University of California San Francisco

Intern, Internal Medicine July, 1977 – June, 1978
Valley Medical Center of Fresno and
University of California San Francisco

University of California Los Angeles September, 1973 – June, 1977
School of Medicine
Degree: M.D. 1977

University of California Los Angeles September, 1969 – June, 1973
Degree: B.A. (Psychology) 1973
Publications and Patents Summary
Publications: 13
Presentations: 45

Fields of Expertise

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