Spinal Medicine Independent Medical Examiners

Welcome to the SEAK National Directory of Independent Medical Examiners. The Spinal Medicine Independent Medical Examiners found here provide independent medical exams (IMEs), medical evaluations, impartial examinations, independent medical assessments, vocational assessments, functional capacity evaluations, impairment ratings, second opinions, return to work evaluations, or fitness for duty exams to evaluate the extent of disability, permanent impairment or injuries.


Irvine, California

Jeffrey P. Bernicker, M.D.

La Jolla, California
Orthopedic Surgery, Spinal Medicine

William H. Dillin, MD Independent Spine Evaluation, Inc.

Los Angeles, California
Spinal Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery
William Dillin, M.D. completed the Neurosurgery and Orthopaedic Spinal Surgery Fellowship at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia in July 1985. His practice is devoted exclusively to spine surgery and spine medicine with attendant procedures. Since, July 1985, he has served as a spine consultant the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic. Dr. Dillin has been an associate at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic since July 1986. He is a co-founder of the Kerlan-Jobe Spine Center, a multidisciplinary center of excellence dedicated to spine diseases. Dr. Dillin’ s interests include the full therapeutic and diagnostic range of spine medicine: minimally invasive, least invasive and maximally invasive spine operations and the array of non-surgical invasive procedures directed at spinal pain. Dr. Dillin evaluates patients at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Orange County and the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles.

Brian S. Grossman, M.D. Southern California Orthopedic Institute/UCLA

Westlake Village, California
Orthopedic Surgery, Spinal Medicine - I am a board certified orthopedic surgeon fellowship-trained in spinal surgery. I take pride in performing accurate and readable Independent Medical Evaluations and file reviews with opinions substantiated by evidence-based medical practice. I have been performing IMEs for over 20 years, and have a full appreciation of the need for comprehensive, timely reports that can be defended at deposition or trial.

Clement K. Jones, MD Clement K. Jones, MD, PC

San Francisco, California
Orthopedic Surgery, Spinal Medicine - (Spine & Neck): Orthopaedic Spine Surgery Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar Spine Surgery Spinal Fusion and Reconstructive Surgery Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery Spinal Deformity Surgery Revision Spine Surgery Minimally-Invasive Spine Surgery

Brian D. Rudin, M.D. Brian D. Rudin, M.D., Inc.

Westlake Village, California
Orthopedic Surgery, Spinal Medicine - Orthopedic Neck and Spine Surgeon; Disc Replacement; Fusion; Orthopedic Surgery; Neck and Spine Care; Neck and Back Pain; Disorders of the Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbar Spine; Spinal Cord; Dural Disc Problems; Pedicle Screws
Vice Chief of Department of Orthopedics, Los Robles Regional Medical Center; Diplomat, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery; Fellow, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons; Member, North American Spine Society; California Orthopedic Association

Michael J Giordano, MD, JD, MBA Legal Medical Associates LLC

Milford, Connecticut
Neurosurgery, Spinal Medicine - I am a board certified neurosurgeon with over 24 years in practice I am a board certified independent medical examiner in both the 5th and 6th editions s of the AMA Guides. I am also an attorney and have over 15 years experience reviewing medicolegal cases. Due to my medical and legal training, I provide valuable insight to your evaluations and cases. I focus on brain and spinal injuries.
As a neurosurgeon, I render opinions on spinal injuries and head injuries. In my private practice, I see a large number of TBI cases. I have particular experience from a long military career and have seen many TBI's in the field on combat deployments. I do a large amount of defense IME's in New Jersey having been credentialed by a number of IME companies but am available independently to any counsel or company.

Jon D Donshik, M.D., M.B.A. Jon D. Donshik, M.D., P.A.

Aventura, Florida
Orthopedic Surgery, Spinal Medicine - I am board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, and have completed a spine surgery fellowship. My practice is almost completely devoted to the treatment of spinal disorders.
Expert Medical Advisor, Florida Division of Workers Compensation

Larry Fishman, M.D. Larry Fishman MD, P.A.

Tampa, Florida
Neurosurgery, Spinal Medicine - Neurosurgeon, Neurosurgery, spine surgeon, Trauma, IME/CMEs, Minimally Invasive Outpatient Surgery, Peripheral Nerves, Sacroiliac Joint Injection, disability, permanent impairment rating, future care costs, medical necessity,
Board Certified, Mayo Clinic trained neurosurgeon in active clinical practice. Current clinical focus of spine surgery, peripheral nerves, injections and sacroiliac joints. 30 years emergency room call experience handling brain and spine trauma. Since residency has performed over 15,000 operations. Extensive peer review experience evaluating compliance with the standard of care. Highly experienced expert witness and independent medical examiner who has testified hundreds of times.

Henry H Barnard, II, MD Regional Health Group

Albany , Georgia
Spinal Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery - Spine, Spine Surgeon, Surgery, Orthopedics, Back, Neck, Lumbar Spine
I am a fellowship trained, board certified Orthopaedic Spine surgeon with 30 years of clinical practice experience. I am familiar with the Workmen’s Compensation system in general, as well as conditions of the spine resulting from personal injury claims. I have participated in well over a hundred depositions pertaining to the treatment of these patients, and my opinions are usually definitive.

Jacob Allan Goodrich, MD Champion Orthopedics

Augusta , Georgia
Orthopedic Surgery, Spinal Medicine - Spinal Medicine & Surgery
Residency : Eisenhower medical center 1982-86 Fellowships: Emory University 1990-1991 Spinal Surgery Sabbatical: AO , Basel Switzerland April-June 1990 Spinal Surgery Associate Professor Orthopedics, Chief Spinal Surgery Medical College of Georgia 1989-2001 Private practice Augusta Orthopedic Clinic and Champions Orthopedic clinc 1995-present Member American Academy Orthopedic Surgery North American Spine Society

Beejal Y. Amin, MD Prime Physicians Group

Hinsdale , Illinois
Neurosurgery, Spinal Medicine - Spine Surgery, Ortho-Spine, Orthopedic Spine, Fellowship trained spine surgeon
Beejal Amin, MD is a board-certified neurosurgeon specializing in the surgical treatment of brain and spine conditions. His area of clinical expertise is in the treatment of cervical and lumbar spine disorders. He focuses on minimally invasive treatment of degenerative diseases of the neck and low back, spinal deformity surgery, and surgical treatment of spinal tumors. In addition to the treatment of spinal disorders, he specializes in the treatment of peripheral nerve conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome and ulnar neuropathy. Dr. Amin performs evaluations in Hinsdale. Dr. Amin earned his medical degree at Rush Medical College in Chicago, IL. He completed his residency in neurological surgery at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI. Following residency, he completed a fellowship in Complex Spine surgery at University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. He has been an invited guest lecturer at national and international meetings. He has published more than 10 manus...

Jesse P Butler, MD, CIME Spine Consultants

Niles, Illinois
Orthopedic Surgery, Spinal Medicine - Orthopedic Spine Surgery, Complex Adult Revision Surgery, Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar Spine Disorders, Degenerative Disc Disease, Herniated Disc, Sciatica, Spinal Stenosis, Spondylolisthesis, Osteoporotic Compression Fractures, Independent Medical Evaluations, Medical Record Review (IME), Section 12 examinations, AMA Guides to the evaluation of permanent impairment 6th edition, Record Reviews, Expert Witness, Trial Testimony, Workers' Compensation
Jesse P. Butler, MD, CIME, ABOS certified, fellowship trained and certified independent medical examiner and practicing spine surgeon. Dr. Butler offers an evidenced based medical opinion for spine (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacrum, coccyx) related cases. He has extensive experience with Independent Medical Evaluations (IME), Section 12 examinations, AMA Guides to the evaluation of permanent impairment 6th edition, record reviews, expert witness, trial testimony and complex and revision spine surgery. Dr. Butler is a past member of the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission Medical Fee Advisory Board (2004-2011). Northwestern University - Orthopedic Surgical Residency, Chicago, Illinois Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center - Spine Surgery Fellowship, Chicago, Illinois Highly credible expert witness renowned for clear defensible medical opinions.

Paul V. Birinyi, M.D., F.A.A.N.S. Performance Spine & Brain

Alexandria, Louisiana
Neurosurgery, Spinal Medicine - Neurosurgeon, Fellowship Trained in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Fellowship Trained in Peripheral Nerve, Expertise with cranial neurosurgery including traumatic brain injury, spinal medicine
Dr. Birinyi is a board-certified neurosurgeon with fellowship training in minimally invasive spine surgery and additional training in peripheral nerve surgery and has and maintains medical licenses in 12 states. He is experienced in all aspects of neurosurgery with a specialization in minimally invasive spine surgery and peripheral nerve disorders and treatments. He is an active neurosurgery who takes neurosurgical trauma call and performs neurointensive care, complex spinal surgery, skull base surgery, functional neurosurgery, and traumatic brain injury evaluations and treatment. He incorporates innovative technologies like computer-assisted navigation and robotics into patient care and follows the latest neurosurgical guidelines and standards of care in order to provide the best possible outcomes for his patients. He provides opinions that are literature and standard of care based so that they stand up to scrutiny. He also has an advanced degree in cellular and molecular neurosc...

Raymond Hwang, MD, MEng, MBA New England Baptist Hospital, Boston Orthopaedics and Spine, Tufts University School of Medicine

Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Orthopedic Surgery, Spinal Medicine - My practice focuses on adult spine surgery with an emphasis on minimally invasive approaches, motion preservation and navigation/robotics. I prioritize patient education, health literacy and shared decision making and take an evidence based approach to care. My clinical research interests include spine surgery outcomes, cost-effectiveness and value analysis.

Kanwaldeep S Sidhu, MD St Clair Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

St Clair Shores, Michigan
Orthopedic Surgery, Spinal Medicine - Our practice can provide IME and expert review services for all orthopaedic issues including hip, knee, shoulder, spine (back/neck), foot/ankle and hand surgery. We also provide legal reviews for plaintiff and defense litigation. Expert opinions / IME/ Legal reviews are conducted by Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Benjamin P Crane, MD The Orthopedic Center of St. Louis

St. Louis, Missouri
Spinal Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery - Performs Missouri and Illinois IMEs for injuries and ailments of the spine and neck. Specializes in disorders, injuries and surgeries of the spine and neck. Well defined, definitive reports with in-house quality assurance to assure all questions are answered

Frank O Petkovich, MD Petkovich Orthopedic and Spine Care, LLC

St. Louis, Missouri
Orthopedic Surgery, Spinal Medicine - 25% of practice includes IMEs and medical record reviews. Reports, if requested, generated in a timely manner. Multiple orthopedic body parts, including spine, examined or reviewed if requested. Practice includes general orthopedics, upper and lower extremities and spinal conditions. Medical School: Saint Louis University Internship: University of Illinois Chicago Residency: Orthopedic Surgery, University of Missouri Kansas City Fellowship: Tulane University affiliated hospitals
Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Fellow, American College of Surgeons Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Founding member and Fellow, North American Spine Society IME Certification: CIME Certified, American Board Independent Medical Examiners, Ver 6 30+ years performing general orthopedic surgical procedures and spinal surgery.

Timothy Ryken, MD Ryken Medical Consulting

Lebanon, New Hampshire
Neurosurgery, Spinal Medicine - Experienced neurosurgeon board certified by the ABNS. Active in both academic and private settings. Focus primarily on adult patients addressing general neurosurgical care including trauma, tumor and degenerative spine. My legal work today has been primarily for the defendant although I have reviewed and offered opinions in plaintiff cases as well. I have been involved in multiple research efforts and have been active on the national neurosurgical level both educational and political efforts.

Joseph S. Lombardi, M.D. Edison Spine Center

Edison, New Jersey
Spinal Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery - At Edison Spine Center, we specialize in the treatment of various disorders of the spine that cause back pain, radiculopathy (pain that radiates to other parts of the body such as the arms or legs) and other complications. We take an orthopedic approach to treating these conditions–we solve problems of the bones, cartilage, discs, muscles, tendons and ligaments in order to alleviate symptoms affecting the central and peripheral nervous systems.
We aim to give unbiased and rapid service; IME's will be finished promptly.

Paul Saiz, MD, FAAOS, CIME 3 Crosses Spine

Las Cruces, New Mexico
Orthopedic Surgery, Spinal Medicine - Spine Surgery, Spinal Medicine, Spinal cord injury, Causation, Medical Coding, IME (CIME), Medical Necessity Peer Reviewer, Fellowship trained Spine Surgeon & Musculoskeletal Oncology, Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery (ABOS), Board Certified in Spine Surgery (ABSS), Team Spine Physician New Mexico State University
Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery and Spine Surgery in active clinical practice. Fellowship trained in both spinal reconstructive surgery and musculoskeletal oncology and reconstruction. 20+ years clinical experience in spine surgery. Well-experienced public speaker. Special expertise in spinal care coding. New Mexico State Team Physician. Experienced expert witness, independent medical examiner (CIME), and medical necessity peer reviewer. Licensed in New Mexico, Texas and Arizona.

Saad B Chaudhary, MD Mount Sinai Hospital - The Spine Hospital

New York, New York
Orthopedic Surgery, Spinal Medicine - I have been practicing spinal surgery in an academic and private setting for over a decade. I have significant expertise in spinal care and have lectured nationally and internationally on various spine related topics. I have been performing IME's for nearly my entire time as an attending spine surgeon and have expertise in all forms of traumatic and degenerative spinal conditions.

Marc Chernoff, MD New York Orthopedic Spinal Associates

Stony Brook , New York
Spinal Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery - Spine Surgery
Harvard Spine Fellowship Specialize in high value claims for complex spine surgery allegations such as spinal fusion, laminectomy, discectomy , And anterior cervical discectomy and fusion procedures.

Max Cohen, MD Spine IME (Spine & Scoliosis Specialists)

Greensboro, North Carolina
Spinal Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery - Specializing in Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar Procedures, and revision surgery. Dr. Cohen has expertise in the following areas of spine surgery: •Minimally invasive spine surgery •Microdiscectomy •Microlaminotomy/foraminotomy •Minimally invasive fusion •Scoliosis surgery •Spinal fusion and instrumentation •Complex deformity surgery •Pedicle subtraction osteotomy (PSO) •Image-guided surgery •Cervical and lumbar artificial disc replacement •X-stop procedure •Spinal cord stimulators
Board certified in orthopedic surgery with fellowship training in Spine/Scoliosis Surgery. Honors graduate of the Medical College of Virginia. He served his residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Cohen went on to complete a spine and scoliosis fellowship at Cornell University’s prestigious Hospital for Special Surgery.

Ashraf F Guirgues, MD, FAAOS

Morehead City, North Carolina
Spinal Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery - Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Fellowship trained Spine Surgeon. Actively practicing surgical and non surgical treatment of spinal disorders of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. Particularly enjoys minimally invasive spine surgery such as microdisectomy, and minimally invasive lumbar fusions. Performs epidural spinal injections.
American Board of Orthopedic Surgery Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons North American Spine Society North Carolina Medical Society American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Christian Medical and Dental Society Penn Medical Scholars Association

Farbod Rastegar, MD

Mason, Ohio
Orthopedic Surgery, Spinal Medicine - Board Certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, Dual Fellowship trained in Orthopedic and Neurological Spinal Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. Specialize in spinal and general orthopedic IMEs, Second Opinions, Disability Evaluations, Chart Reviews, and as an Expert Witness. Prompt and punctual report submission. Provides expert reviews, evaluations, and testimonies for both claimants and defendants nationally that are logical, understandable and evidence based.
Board Certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, Dual Fellowship trained in Orthopedic and Neurological Spinal Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic.I practice full time clinically, and perform chart reviews and IME’s weekly. I specialize in IMEs, Second Opinions, Disability Evaluations, Chart Reviews, and as an Expert Witness. Prompt and punctual report submission. I strive to provide expert reviews, evaluations, and testimonies for both claimants and defendants that are objective, logical, understandable and substantiated by evidence-based medicine.

Matthew Budway, MD University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia , Pennsylvania
Neurosurgery, Spinal Medicine - Board certified in neurosurgery and fellowship trained in spinal surgery, Dr Budway has performed thousands of surgical procedures over the past 20 years.
Undergraduate degree from Brown; neurosurgery residency at Cornell; spine fellowship at Harvard

Daniel V. Loesch, MD Tri-State Neurological Surgeons, PC

Erie, Pennsylvania
Neurosurgery, Spinal Medicine - Spine, Head Injury, Spine/Spinal Cord, Trauma, Chronic Pain

David H Hauge, MD FAANS FACS Neuro-Care Resources and Consulting PLLC

Knoxville, Tennessee
Neurosurgery, Spinal Medicine - Spine surgery /peripheral nerve Workers Compensation Neuro-oncology/Gamma Knife radiosurgery
Dr. David Hauge practiced neurological surgery for 33 years in Knoxville, Tennessee. While retired from active neurosurgical practice effective March 31,2023, he continues to perform Independent Medical Evaluations, medical record reviews and provide utilization review and expert witness services. He maintains an active unrestricted medical license in Tennessee and remains on active status with the American Board of Neurological Surgery, participating in their Maintenance of Certification process.

Douglas C. Mathews, MD, FACS Howell Allen Clinic

Nashville, Tennessee
Neurosurgery, Spinal Medicine - Board Certified in Neurosurgery, Minimally Invasive and Complex Spine, Traumatic Brain and Spine Injuries, Motor Vehicle Injuries, Work Related Injuries
Dr. Mathews has practiced in Middle Tennessee over 24 years, and holds memberships in the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and is Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Neal C Small, M.D. Orthopedic Expert Services, LLC

Dallas, Texas
Orthopedic Surgery, Spinal Medicine - Neal C. Small, M.D. the principal and founder of Orthopedic Expert Services, LLC has been in orthopedic surgery practice for over 35 years. Dr. Small has performed over 15,000 orthopedic surgical procedures. Dr. Small has published over 25 articles in refereed orthopedic journals. Dr. Small has performed hundreds of independent medical evaluations (IME's) and thousands of medical file reviews. He has provided expert opinions via reports, depositions and courtroom appearances nationwide.
Neal C. Small, M.D. via his company Orthopedic Expert Services, LLC has been providing expert opinions for the legal field, the insurance industry and the medical device industry since 1980. Dr Small has performed over 15,000 orthopedic surgical procedures. Dr. Small has published more than 25 articles in refereed orthopedic journals. Dr. Small is a past president of the Arthroscopy Association of North America. Dr. Small has performed hundreds of independent medical evaluations (IME's) and thousands of medical file reviews. He has prepared numerous reports for the legal field including opinions of causation, affidavits of merit and present and future damages.

Jeffrey G Randle, MD Salt Lake Orthopaedic Clinic

Salt Lake City, Utah
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation - Physiatry, Spinal Medicine - Electrodiagnostic Medicine, Neuromuscular Disorders, Pain Management/Medicine, Conservative Spinal, Electromyography, Disability Evaluation, Epideral Injections


Richmond, Virginia
Orthopedic Surgery, Spinal Medicine - Orthopedic surgery Spinal surgery
Please contact my administrative assistant Teresa Hubbard for any inquiries. Email- [email protected] Phone- 804-366-5960

David G Goss, MD, FAAOS, CIME Tidewater Spine and Orthopaedic Center / Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center

Chesapeake, Virginia
Orthopedic Surgery, Spinal Medicine - Offering compassionate and dependable care for patients with spinal diseases, disorders, and injuries. Over 20 years of experience, specializing in interventional office procedures for the management of spinal and orthopaedic pain, open and minimally invasive surgical procedures for cervical, thoracic, and lumbar issues, and medicolegal care (independent evaluations, record reviews, expert witness testimony, etc.).
I am a fellowship-trained spinal surgeon, and have been in full time clinical practice since 2001. I attended the University of Virginia for undergraduate studies and medical school, and trained at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center for orthopaedic surgery residency. Subsequent to residency, I completed a Neuro-Orthopaedic Spinal Fellowship in Adelaide, Australia. My clinical practice consists of nonsurgical and surgical management of all spinal disorders and injuries, including work-related injuries, automobile accidents, degenerative conditions, sports injuries, etc. Additionally, I perform a vast array of interventional spine procedures in office, for the management of spinal pain. I have extensive experience in performing medicolegal services, including medical record reviews, independent medical examinations, deposition / courtroom testimony, etc. I strive to always provide thorough, timely, objective, and unbiased evaluations, in all cases. I am a certified independent ...

James Mark Leipzig, MD, FACS The Spine Center

Roanoke, Virginia
Orthopedic Surgery, Spinal Medicine - Adult spine surgery Minimally-invasive spine surgery Microsurgical spine surgery cervical and lumbar Robotic spine surgery
I am a fellowship-trained spine surgeon. I am a graduate of UCLA School of Medicine and UCLA Department of Orthopedic Surgery for my residency. My fellowship was at The Hospital for Special Surgery/Cornell Medical College. I have an active full-time clinical practice, limited to the evaluation and management of surgical spine pathologiy. I am experienced in providing IME services, chart reviews, and expert witness cases.. I provide objective and thorough and unbiased evaluations of the cases presented to me. Please reach out with any questions.

Wade K. Jensen, MD KCMD Enterprises, Inc.

Afton, Wyoming
Spinal Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery - Spinal Fusion Surgery, Lumbar Spinal Surgery, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Cervical Arthroplasty, Scoliosis Surgery, Medical Device Patents, Pedicle Screw Surgery, Workers Compensation, IMEs, Laminectomy, Microdiscectomy, Spine Surgery Complications, Endoscopic Spine Surgery
I am a Board Certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, Dual Fellowship trained in Orthopedic and Neurological Spinal Surgery. I am an expert in the surgical and non-surgical treatment of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine from the least invasive to the most complex, including revision surgery. I also treat general Orthopedic Surgery conditions as part of my practice. I have multiple patents issued that are licensed in the medical space. I perform IME's, chart reviews, treat work compensation patients, serve as an Expert Spine Surgeon, have performed many depositions, and have testified in court. I provide a high quality opinion letter hyperlinked to the actual medical records reviewed. Attorney's have called these reports the new standard.
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