Forensic Psychiatrist and Expert Witness CV

Sanjay Adhia, M.D.

Board-Certified in

 Forensic Psychiatry

 Psychiatry

Brain Injury Medicine

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Credentials, Qualifications and Experience

Medical Licensure

Texas Medical License, Board of Medical Examiners, (License #Q0720)

Board-Certification

Board Certified in Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Certificate #67625), (2014)

Board-Certified in Forensic Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Certificate #2127), (2015)

Board-Certified in Brain Injury Medicine, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Certificate #101), (2018)

Other Certifications and Licenses

Medical Review Officer (MRO), Medical Review Officers Certification Council, (2020)

Florida Medical Doctor Expert Witness License #7683 (2020) (Physicians licensed outside Florida may testify as an Expert Witness if they hold this Certification.)

Buprenorphine Waiver issued by the Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to prescribe and treat Opioid Use Disorders. (2018-Present)

Professional Experience

Sanjay Adhia, M.D., Forensic Psychiatrist, Expert Witness and Legal Consultant to Attorneys.  Private practice. (2014-Present)

TIRR Memorial Hermann Research and Rehabilitation (Hospital). Treating patients with brain injuries, stroke, and spinal cord injuries, as a Psychiatrist and Brain Injury Medicine physician (2019-Present)

Staff Psychiatrist, Avenue 360 Health & Wellness (FQHC clinic treating the Homeless, LGBTQ, Substance Use Disorders, & those with HIV) (2020-current)

Medical Director, PACE Mental Health Clinic, Sugar Land, TX (2018-2019)

Psychiatrist, UTMB-CMC Jester IV Prison Psychiatric Facility and Death Row Inmates, Richmond, TX (2016-2018)

Attending Psychiatrist, University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, Competency Restoration Unit, Houston, TX (2015-2016)

Psychiatrist, Texas State Department of Aging and Disability Services, SSLC, Richmond, TX (2014)

Inpatient Attending Psychiatrist, University of Texas Psychiatric Center, Houston, TX (2012-2013)

Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Texas Health and Science Center, Department of Psychiatry (2019-Current )

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) (2016-2018)
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Texas Health Science Center (2012, 2013, 2015)

Government Contracts

U.S. Department of Defense

Federal Courts

U.S. Federal CAGE, SAM and DUNS

Government Appointment

Governor’s Advisory Committee to the Texas Board of Criminal Justice on Offenders with Medical or Mental Impairments. Appointed and confirmed by the Texas State Senate (2019)

Professional Affiliations

Physicians for Human Rights – Asylum Network
American Psychiatric Association
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, Forensic Neuropsychiatry Committee
Brain Injury Association of America

Education

Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon (2014)
Psychiatry Residency, University of Texas HSC, Houston, Texas (2012)
Psychiatry Internship, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas (2009)
Doctor of Medicine, M.S. Ramaiah Medical College (2004)

Volunteer Service

Physicians for Human Rights – Asylum Network conducting pro-bono IMEs
DAYA Houston, pro-bono IMEs for Asian victims of domestic abuse (See also
Program for Immigrant & Refugee Child Health (PIRCH), Baylor College of Medicine, pro-bono IMEs
Fort Bend County District Attorney Community Engagement Working Group

Additional Training

Capital Sentencing Evaluations, DBHDS Forensic Training Series, -The University of Virginia School of Medicine, Daniel Murrie, PhD, ILPPP (2020)

 

Media

Thread of Evidence, an America Out Loud Nationwide Podcast. Interview about PTSD “The Psychology and Law of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder”. Hosted by Joni Johnston, PsyD, Forensic Psychologist, Commentator and PI.  February 2020.

Houston Chronicle.  “Heidi Broussard case: Experts explain the ‘maternal desire’ psychology behind baby kidnapping.” Interview with Hannah Dellinger. January 2020.

Austin Statesman.  “Heidi Broussard: Why Would Someone Take a Baby?” by Lara Korte.  Interview with Dr. Adhia. December 2019.

Date Rape Drugs: Expert Comments on Unreliable Tests, Impact on Prosecution. Interview with Nick Rishwain in Experts-blog. Experts.com. April 2019.

Coerced Suicide: Forensic Psychiatry Expert Witness Details Murder by Proxy.  Urtula suicide case. Dr. Adhia interviewed by Nick Rishwain in experts-blog. Experts.com.  November 2019.

What Our Clients Say

Jesse S. White, Esq.

"Dr. Adhia was retained as an expert forensic psychiatrist for a Will Contest case involving a multi-million-dollar estate. His work on this matter was exemplary at all stages of the litigation. He was retained on very short notice, but nevertheless was able to review all of the medical records, interview witnesses and produce a very detailed and comprehensive report that was crucial to our case. I would recommend him without hesitation to anyone seeking a highly qualified psychiatric expert. "

Jesse S. White, Esq.
Jesse S. White, Esq. Law Offices of Jesse S. White

Shiva Gill, Esq.

“Dr. Adhia has worked with me on two cases involving immigration clients with mental incapacity. On both cases, his evaluations were thorough. Due to Dr. Adhia’s qualifications, the court gave significant weight to his evaluation. I look forward to working with Dr. Adhia again in the future.”

Shiva Gill, Esq.
Ms. Gill has had the honor of arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court

Jim James, Esq.

“…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 ecommend Dr. Adhia.”

Jim James, Esq.
James & Reynolds, Attorneys at Law

Arturo Corso, Esq.

“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 Corso, Esq.
Corso Law Center
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On a personal note..​.

Dr. Adhia grew up in a well-traveled family. His father, a Marine Engineer for Chevron, worked on projects that took the family around the country and abroad. Dr. Adhia was born in Michigan and grew up in New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Indonesia; graduating from high school in Northern California. He completed his forensic fellowship in Portland and medical residencies in Kansas and Houston, where he now practices.  Dr. Adhia claims to know how to play the bass and in High School was on the varsity tennis team. His claims have not yet been tested.

TREATING PATIENTS

Dr. Adhia’s Clinical Experience in Patient Care as a Treating Psychiatrist

Dr. Adhia’ s clinical experience as a physician parallels the wide variety of cases he has completed as an expert witness and Independent Medical Examiner.

Neuropsychiatry

Currently, Dr. Adhia is a neuropsychiatrist at TIRR Memorial Herman. This is a world-renowned center for neurorehabilitation for those with brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injuries, and other disorders. His focus is treating the psychiatric and neurocognitive complications of such injuries.

Avenue 360

Dr. Adhia joined Avenue 360 Health and Wellness, a clinic that provides healthcare to under-served populations in the Houston area. Dr. Adhia treats psychiatric patients.

Psychiatric Hospital Treatment

Dr. Adhia began his medical career in an acute care unit at Harris County Psychiatric Center where he stabilized those with Severe Mental Illness (SMI). The diagnoses he treated included Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder and Dual Diagnosis (psychiatric conditions complicated by Substance Use Disorders). Most of the patients were Involuntarily Committed and some were on compelled medications.

Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship

Dr. Adhia left the Harris County hospital to pursue a Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship in Portland, Oregon.

During the Fellowship, he treated patients in jail, prison and provided ACT (Assertive Community Treatment). With the ACT team, he had the opportunity to treat patients in their homes.

After his Fellowship, Dr. Adhia worked in a State Supported Living Center (aka “State School”) which housed residents with severe IDD (Intellectual Developmental Disorders; formerly known as Mental Retardation) and Autism.  Some of his patients were non-verbal and had rare genetic disorders.

Now trained as a Forensic Psychiatrist, Dr. Adhia rejoined Harris County Psychiatric Center to work in the Competency Restoration Unit to treat individuals who have been adjudicated incompetent to stand trial.

Many of the patients suffered from severe psychosis or neurocognitive disorders. Some of the patients feigned mental illness and were determined to be Malingering.

Supermax Prison and Death Row Inmates

Dr. Adhia then accepted a position at the Jester 4 Unit with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice on the high security pod. Jester 4 is one of three psychiatric prison hospitals in Texas.

His patients included those on Death Row and Administrative Segregation (now known as Restrictive Housing and referred to colloquially as “being in isolation”). Some of the patients had psychotic disorders.

His correctional experience with violent offenders on death row has proven relevant in some of the capital cases on which he has worked in private forensic practice, including homicides.

Personality Disorders and Impulse Disorders

Many offenders had Impulse Disorders, severe Personality Disorders such as Anti-Social Personality Disorder and some demonstrated Self-Injurious Behavior (SIB). Some of the offenders were admitted as they were Suicidal or recently engaged in violent or homicidal behaviors. While working on the Jester 4 unit, Dr. Adhia provided outpatient tele-psychiatric services to the notorious death row in the “Supermax” Polunsky Unit. Polunsky was memorialized in novels by John Grisham and Patricia Cornwell, in part because of its reputation for holding some of the most dangerous, and high profile, criminals awaiting execution.

Medical Director of a Private Psychiatric Clinic

Dr. Adhia was offered a position as Medical Director of an outpatient psychiatric clinic in 2018. Transitioning from caring for prisoners to a private clinic in suburban Houston engaged him in a new way. He led the clinic and supervised psychiatric nurse practitioners. There he treated mood disorders, anxiety disorders, PTSD and ADHD. In addition, he treated those with Substance Use Disorders such as addiction to Heroin and other Opioids, Alcohol, Cannabis, prescription drugs like Xanax, Methamphetamine, Cocaine and synthetics such as “spice” (aka Kush or synthetic cannabinoids, and “bath salts”.) He provided Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) with buprenorphine (aka Suboxone) and naltrexone. He also referred alcoholics for detox.

Brain Injury Medicine

In 2019 Dr. Adhia obtained Board-Certification in Brain Injury Medicine, a longtime area of interest.

Academic Experience Teaching  Medical Students and Residents About Treating Psychiatric Conditions

Dr. Adhia enjoys teaching and his students have included lawyers, medical students and residents. During his Fellowship, Dr. Adhia taught law students about psychiatry. When he rejoined the University of Texas Health as the Assistant Professor of Psychiatry on the Competency Restoration Unit, he taught and supervised medical students and psychiatry residents.

Dr. Adhia was affiliated with UTMB and taught medical students in correctional psychiatry while he was working in corrections.

In his current work at TIRR, in addition to treating patients, Dr. Adhia works closely with residents teaching physicians in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R). TIRR Memorial Hermann is a teaching hospital for UT Health where Dr. Adhia is currently on the faculty as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry.