Sanjay Adhia, MD

Clinical and Forensic Psychiatrist

Expert Witness

Medico-Legal Consultant

Additional qualifications in Neuropsychiatry and Psychopharmacology 

Dr. Adhia is among fewer than a dozen Forensic Psychiatrists in the U.S. who hold Board Certification in the 3 disciplines: Brain Injury Medicine (BIM,) Forensic Psychiatry and Psychiatry.

Dr. Adhia is Board Certified in Forensic Psychiatry, Brain Injury Medicine and Psychiatry. He evaluates as an Expert Witness, Forensic Consultant and has an active practice as a Clinical Psychiatrist.

Clinical Psychiatry, Neuropsychiatry and Patient Care.  Dr. Adhia treats patients with neuropsychiatric complications of brain injuries and stroke at renowned TIRR Memorial Hermann (Hospital.) Previously, he served as Medical Director at PACE, a psychiatric care clinic, and treated inmates in Texas corrections facilities including maximum security and death row inmates. Dr. Adhia treats patients as a volunteer at several Houston area clinics.

Credentials, Education and Qualifications.  Dr. Adhia completed his Fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry at Oregon Health & Science University in 2014, one of fewer than 30 Forensic Psychiatric Fellowship programs in the US. He completed residency in Psychiatry at University of Kansas Medical Center and University of Texas Health and Sciences Center. Dr. Adhia holds Board-Certifications from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry and Brain Injury Medicine. He is a certified Medical Review Officer (MRO) qualified to evaluate and interpret toxicology and laboratory results. He also holds a Buprenorphine Waiver from the DEA to treat opioid addiction. He is an appointed and senate confirmed member of the State of Texas Governor’s Advisory Committee to the Texas Board of Criminal Justice on Offenders with Medical or Mental Impairments. 

Academic.  Dr. Adhia is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). 

Volunteer.  Dr. Adhia volunteers with Physicians for Human Rights – Asylum Network (forensic evaluations in human trafficking cases), and clinical treatment of HIV positive, LGBQT and homeless populations at Avenue 360 Clinic, and Daya Houston.

Sanjay Adhia, MD

Forensic Psychiatarist

Expert Witness
Medico-Legal Consultant

Triple Board-Certified*

Forensic Psychiatry

Brain Injury Medicine

Psychiatry

 

*Fewer than a dozen Forensic Psychiatrists in the U.S. hold Board Certification in all 3 disciplines: Brain Injury Medicine (BIM,) Forensic Psychiatry and Psychiatry.

Dr. Adhia’s Role

Advisor to Attorneys
Expert testimony to Jurors and Judges
Psychiatric Issues in Civil Litigation or Criminal Prosecution

Dr. Adhia’s Services

Skilled Forensic Assessment and Testimony

Independent Medical Examination

In Depth Review of Records

Report of Findings and Opinions

“[Opposing counsel] couldn’t touch him…” Jim Reynolds, Esq.

DR. ADHIA’S PRACTICE

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ANSWERS FOR LAWYERS

Head and Brain Injury - TBI

A brain injury, TBI or concussion, can produce psychiatric injuries and changes in behavior.

Medical Malpractice and Standard of Care

Medical Malpractice includes negligence, omission, failure to follow medical protocol.

Standard of Care malpractice also apply to hospitals, nursing homes, rehab, surgical centers and correctional

Trauma | Psychiatric Responses

What is PTSD? Can depression, anxiety and/or disabling fear follow an accident? Yes.

Diagnosis - Prognosis & Recovery

Assessing damages with reasonable medical certainty requires a reliable diagnosis.

Mood Disorders - Depression and Bipolar Disorders

Mood Disorders can appear after intense experiences or existing Mood Disorders can worsen.

Anxiety Disorders

Excessive worrying and fear are markers of a Social or Generalized Anxiety Disorder.

Personality Disorders

10 distinct Personality Disorders can drive behavior and many respond to mitigating treatment.

Drugs - Medication - Alcohol

Psychopharmacology addresses the effects of drugs and alcohol on mood, behavior, and thinking.

Addiction

Addiction to drugs or alcohol can lead to a lawsuit or criminal charges, and impact behavior.

Suicide | Attempts and Causation

An expert in Suicidology can provide a better understanding of the risk factors for suicide.

Factors include health, environment, history and existing Mood Disorders like Depression or Bipolar Disorder. Suicidal Ideation (visualizing) is a risk factor that involves plan and intent. Causation is for triers of fact to determine.

Dementia - Neurocognitive| Autism

Dementia is a brain disease, unlike a Brain Injury. Alzheimer’s Disease is a Dementia.

Dementia can be associated with degenerative diseases, stroke, even a brain injury such as we see in athletes. Brain diseases can impact memory, behavior and brain function. Neurocognitive diseases can impact competency to perform a variety of tasks, even enter into contracts.

Intellectual Developmental Disability IDD

IDD can affect ability to reason, problem solve, plan, think abstractly, judgment, learn.

Fitness for Duty

An FFD evaluation is important if a psychiatric condition impacts an employee’s job performance.

Occupational Psychiatric Exams | Fitness for Duty

Occupational psychiatric IMEs:

Defense Base Act, Workers’ Comp., Public Safety professions.

Psychiatric Disability

Psychiatric disability is evaluated for disability insurance coverage, or ADA compliance.

Criminal Law - Correctional Psychiatry

Competency to Stand Trial & NGRI evals by a Psychiatrist. Corrections Malpractice.

If you are looking for a Psychiatrist for Treatment: 888-4UT-DOCS | 888-488-3627

Dr. Adhia is not taking patients at this time, but he encourages you to call UT Health, accepting patients now.

Administrative Law

Military

Civil Litigation

Criminal

Correctional

Services

Independent Medical Examinations

Review medical and legal records

Written Reports

Expert findings and medico-legal opinion

Testimony

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The Future:

  • Prognosis
  • Treatment Planning
  • Restoration

Is it Possible To Be Made Whole?

Legal Consultant

  • Case assessment, psychiatric factors.
  • Decode opinions by other experts.
  • Mitigation.
  • Assist attorneys to get the most out of a deposition.

More…

“Dr. Adhia was an excellent witness…and provided critical testimony. The prosecution couldn’t touch him..”

Arturo Corsa, Esq.

The Corsa Law Center

“Even the prosecutor …was impressed with [Dr. Adhia’s] report. It was so thorough that we reached an agreement that prevented the need for a trial.”

I would highly recommend Dr. Adhia.

Jim James, Esq.

James & Reynolds, Attorneys at Law

“Dr. Adhia was an excellent witness…and provided critical testimony. The prosecution couldn’t touch him..”

Arturo Corsa, Esq.

The Corsa Law Center

“Even the prosecutor …was impressed with [Dr. Adhia’s] report. It was so thorough that we reached an agreement that prevented the need for a trial.”

Jim James, Esq.

James & Reynolds, Attorneys at Law

Dr. Adhia worked with me on two cases involving immigration clients with mental incapacity… the court gave significant weight to his evaluation. I look forward to working with Dr. Adhia again.

I would highly recommend Dr. Adhia.

Shiva P Gill, Esq.

Shiva P. Gill, Esq. PC

“Dr. Adhia was an excellent witness…and provided critical testimony. The prosecution couldn’t touch him..”

Arturo Corsa, Esq.

The Corsa Law Center

“Even the prosecutor …was impressed with [Dr. Adhia’s] report. It was so thorough that we reached an agreement that prevented the need for a trial.​”

Dr. Adhia worked with me on two cases involving immigration clients with mental incapacity… the court gave significant weight to his evaluation. I look forward to working with Dr. Adhia again.

Jim James, Esq.

James & Reynolds, Attorneys at Law

OUTSIDE THE COURTROOM

Faculty Appointments / Teaching Experience

  • University of Texas Health and Science Center, Department of Psychiatry, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry (2019)
  • University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Texas Health and Science Center, Lecturer in Forensic Psychiatry topics, Department of Psychiatry, mentor to residents in Forensic Psychiatry.

Government Service

Governor’s Advisory Committee to the Texas Board of Criminal Justice on Offenders with Medical or Mental Impairments.

Educator

Dr. Adhia teaches and mentors residents about Forensic Psychiatry.

 

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Physicians for Human Rights Asylum Network

Dr. Adhia volunteers with PHR. He conducts forensic evaluations of victims of traumatic violence, kidnapping, rape, assault and human trafficking.

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Review of Medical and Legal Records

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Knowledge Base

Dr. Adhia’s Experience & Expertise

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Forensic IME Independent Medical Examination (IME)

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Consulting to Attorneys

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Dr. Adhia Recent News

"Thread of Evidence," Dr. Adhia is Interviewed about PTSD

Thread of Evidence features Dr. Adhia with an in depth interview by Joni Johnston, PsyD about “The Psychology of Law and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.” February 2020.

Dr. Adhia joins renowned TIRR Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation and Research hospital

Dr. Adhia joins TIRR Memorial Hermann to treat patients with brain and spinal injuries as a Brain Injury Medicine doctor and Psychiatrist. November 2019

Dr. Adhia partners with Avenue 360 Health & Wellness

Dr. Adhia joins Avenue 360 Health & Wellness as a clinical Psychiatrist providing addiction medicine treatment to homeless, HIV and other disenfranchised populations. 30 years of treatment by former Houston Area Community Services and Bering Omega. February 2020.

Faculty appointment as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Texas

Dr. Adhia will serve as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry for the University of Texas, working with students at teaching hospital, TIRR Memorial Hermann, where he is also a clinical psychiatrist.
November 2019

Houston Chronicle Heidi Broussard Baby Abduction case, Interview with Dr. Adhia

The Heidi Broussard Baby Kidnapping case caught national attention. Houston Chronicle’s Hannah Dellinger interviews Dr. Adhia about the case. January 2020.

IF YOU ARE AN ATTORNEY

Dr. Adhia welcomes inquiry from attorneys for plaintiff, defense or other party. Call to discuss your case and psychiatric factors in claims, damages, and liability.