Robert M. Chapa, Sr., MD Independent Medical Examiner
Curriculum Vitae

Contact Information

  • Company: North East Florida Occupational Health and Wellness
  • Phone: 904-716-9482
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Other Locations: Sarasota, Florida

Specialty 1: Occupational Medicine

Specialty 2: Emergency Medicine

Specialty Focus: Dr. Chapa is ER Residency Trained & practiced Emergency Medicine in NE Florida. He is considered the "Father of Occupational Medicine" for NE Florida since Founding and Maintaining the First Occupational Practice, in that region, in 1989. Subsequently, he established State of the Art Occupational Medicine programs at Mayo Clinic Florida and University of Florida, and remains Adjunct Professor. He specializes in PIR, Worker's Compensation, Collegiate Sports Medicine and Clinical Orthopedics at UF

Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine

License(s): Florida

Years in Practice: 39

Experience:
  • 31 years performing IMEs
  • 2,500 IMEs performed
  • Deposed/Testified 1,200 times

IME Certification: CIME and Board Certified in Preventive Medicine and Occupational Medicine

IME Training: ACOEM, ABIME, and University of Florida - College of Medicine


Additional Information

Per Peer Review: Robert M. Chapa, Sr., MD has mastered the "Art of the IME". He remains the premier and most highly sought after "Expert" in his field, in North Florida. His IME's are compulsively researched, candid, condensed, and politely written : so all will understand. His opinions are rarely challenged. He continues to practice Academic 'Evidence-Based' Medicine and incorporates "Honesty, Insight, Statistics and a dose of Cheer", in each report. He is considered to be "Trustworthy, Fair, Prudent and Most Respected" by Academic Peers, hundreds of Corporate Executives, and Legal Professionals from all sides of the case. Dr. Chapa is honorable and "uniquely qualified" and "the problem solver to go to" according to many Governmental Agencies, Unions, The Maritime Industry, and The Private Sector. He handles all Cases of "Any Scope" and recently helped settle a $50 Million case, such that all parties were well satisfied. He does not pretend to know it all. He seeks advice when necessary and is known as the Judges "Solution-Maker" when it comes to Simple or Complex ER, Occupational and Orthopedic Claims. He has testified before the Florida Supreme Court with success. Dr. Chapa remains savvy, and was instrumental in Medical Software Creation and Clinical Application re: Coding and Billing of Epic, Systoc, Stolas and Greenway. Fortunately he understands the Progression of a Medical Claim, from all angles, including the onset of a Disease or Injury, to ER, to ICU, to Surgery, to Rehab, to MMI. His "Ethics, Clinical Insight, Perseverance, and his ability to pragmatically communicate" are among his most valuable strengths. Personally, Dr. Chapa is an Eagle Scout, a successful High School and Collegiate Athlete, is married x 39 years, with three healthy children. In 2018, he initiated the First Sports Medicine Program for Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, FL, capitalizing on the unique strengths of the University of Florida's Trauma and Orthopedic Dept.