SANJAY ADHIA, M.D.

Forensic Psychiatrist

Board-Certified in

Forensic Psychiatry

Brain Injury Medicine

Psychiatry

call_us (832) 746-5905mail_ussgamd@sgamd.com Houston, TX – Nationwide

SANJAY ADHIA, M.D.

Forensic Psychiatrist

Board-Certified in

Forensic Psychiatry

Brain Injury Medicine

Psychiatry

call_us (832) 746-5905mail_ussgamd@sgamd.com Houston, TX – Nationwide

Sanjay Adhia, MD

Expert Witness

Medico-Legal Consultant
Triple Board-Certified*

Forensic Psychiatry

Psychiatry

Brain Injury Medicine*

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

*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 and Courts

Expert testimony to Jurors and Judges

Psychiatric Features leading to Civil Litigation or Criminal Prosecution

Dr. Adhia’s Services:

Skilled Forensic Assessment and Testimony

Independent Medical Examination

Review of Records

Report of Findings and Opinions

Assessing alleged

 “Facts” requiring a closer, forensic eye

Critical view of all presented medico-legal opinions

Consulting to attorneys to evaluate a case’s psychiatric features

Cross-examination questions to get to the heart of any presented medico-legal opinion.

“[Opposing counsel] couldn’t touch him, but they will probably need him in the future.” Jim Reynolds, Esq.

 

Sanjay Adhia, MD

Expert Witness

Medico-Legal Consultant
Triple Board-Certified*

Forensic Psychiatry

Psychiatry

Brain Injury Medicine*

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

*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 and Courts

Expert testimony to Jurors and Judges

Psychiatric Features leading to Civil Litigation or Criminal Prosecution

Dr. Adhia’s Services:

Skilled Forensic Assessment and Testimony

Independent Medical Examination

Review of Records

Report of Findings and Opinions

Assessing alleged

 “Facts” requiring a closer, forensic eye

Critical view of all presented medico-legal opinions

Consulting to attorneys to evaluate a case’s psychiatric features

Cross-examination questions to get to the heart of any presented medico-legal opinion.

“[Opposing counsel] couldn’t touch him, but they will probably need him in the future.” Jim Reynolds, Esq.

 

Dr. Adhia’s Practice Focus – Expertise

WHAT IS…

Head and Brain Injury | TBI

A brain injury after a blow to the head, accidental (e.g. MVA) or intentional (assault,) can impair

Judgment
Memory (amnesia)
Behavior
Mood
Learning and recapturing learned skills
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and “Mild TBI (mTBI), e.g. concussion

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Medical Malpractice and Standard of Care

Medical Malpractice allegations include negligence, omission, failure to follow treatment protocol or ethical standards. Standards of Care also apply to facilities like hospitals, nursing homes, rehab, correctional.

 

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Addiction

Addiction to drugs or alcohol impact behavior which can lead to a lawsuit or criminal charges. Dr. Adhia’s experience in psychopharmacology is a powerful resource in forensic assessment where addictions might exist. Dr. Adhia has treated addiction to illegal and legal substances discussed further.

 

 

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Psychopharmacology | Drugs | Medication |Alcohol

Psychopharmacology is the scientific study of the effects drugs and alcohol have on mood, sensation, thinking, and behavior.

 

  

 

 

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Trauma | Psychiatric Responses

Psychiatric response to stress/ trauma include PTSD, other trauma-related disorders, Adjustment Disorders and worsening of a pre-existing psychiatric disorder. In many cases, depression and anxiety can develop with PTSD.  

 

 

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Anxiety Disorders

Excessive worrying and fear are markers of an Anxiety Disorder. Examples of Anxiety Disorders are Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Social Anxiety Disorder or Phobias. Major Depressive Disorder or PTSD may co-occur with Anxiety Disorders. 

 

 

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Diagnosis | Prognosis & Recovery

Accurate Diagnosis and Prognosis are fundamental.

There is no substitute for Daubert -threshold hard science and medical knowledge.

Expert Witnesses don’t always agree.

Dr. Adhia is a Forensic Psychiatrist, qualified to render a defensible diagnosis in Court. 

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Suicide | Attempted Suicide Causation

An expert in Suicidology can provide a better understanding of the risk factors for suicide, including health, environment, history and existing Mood Disorderse 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. 

 

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Dementia | Neurocognitive

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.

  

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Mood Disorders | Depression

Mood Disorders may appear after impactful events and include Bipolar Disorder (involving maina) and Depression. Existing Mood Disorders can be made worse.  Severe mood disorders can be accompanied by psychotic symptoms 

 

 

 

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Personality Disorders

Personality Disorders can drive behavior preceding a lawsuit and respond to mitigating treatment. There are at least 10 distinct Personality Disorders and most impact behavior.

 

 

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IDD | Autism

IDD stands for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. IDD was formerly termed Mental Retardation, It involves a low IQ. Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder is marked by inability to communicate and interact. The Spectrum reflects a range of symptoms and abilities applying to someone on the Austism Spectrum.

Administrative Law

Military

Civil Litigation

Criminal

Correctional

Services

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Independent Medical Examinations

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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 their deposition.

“Dr. Adhia was an excellent witness for our defense.  A qualified expert, he traveled to Georgia from Texas on short notice and provided critical testimony.  The prosecution couldn’t touch him, but they will probably need him in the future.”

Arturo Corsa, Esq.

The Corsa Law Center

“…Even the prosecutor indicated that he was impressed with the report.  It was so thorough in fact that we reached an agreement that prevented the need for a trial.”

Dr. Adhia did a thorough evaluation of my client and considered medical reports and records. My client suffered from a complicating factor Dr. Adhia explained for the layperson and incorporated into his opinions…[his report] was so thorough in fact 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 for our defense.  A qualified expert, he traveled to Georgia from Texas on short notice and provided critical testimony.  The prosecution couldn’t touch him, but they will probably need him in the future.”

Arturo Corsa, Esq.

The Corsa Law Center

“…Even the prosecutor indicated that he was impressed with the report.  It was so thorough in fact that we reached an agreement that prevented the need for a trial.”

Dr. Adhia did a thorough evaluation of my client and considered medical reports and records. My client suffered from a complicating factor Dr. Adhia explained for the layperson and incorporated into his opinions…[his report] was so thorough in fact 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

OUTSIDE THE COURTROOM

Faculty Appointments / Teaching Experience

  • University of Texas Health and Science Center, Department of Psychiatry, Adjunct Professor

  • University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry

  • University of Texas Health and Science Center, Department of Psychiatry. Forensic Psychiatry, lecturer. Supervisor and 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 Forensic Psychiatry and works with medical residents about Forensic Psychiatry.

 

University of Texas Health-Science Center Sanjay Adhia MD Forensic Psychiatrist

Physicians for Human Rights Asylum Net

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

PHR

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Evaluating Medical and Legal Records by a Forensic Psychiatrist

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Alcohol and Drug Abuse / Impact on Judgment

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Forensic IME Independent Medical Examination

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Psychopharmacology: Impact of Medication and Drugs

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Advisory Committee to The Texas Board Of Criminal Justice On Offenders With Medical Or Mental Impairments

Dr. Adhia is honored by Texas Governor Abbott’s appointment and confirmation by the Texas Senate.

Date Rape Drugs: Expert Comments on Unreliable Tests, Impact on Prosecution

Dr. Adhia was recently interviewed by Nick Rishwain to answer important questions about Date Rape Drugs (aka Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault). Detection, Forensic Lab Work, Problems and Solutions.

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.