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 Expert  725658

Expert in Human Factors Engineering for Medical Devices and Software, Patient Safety

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Texas (TX)
Education Work History Career AccomplishmentsPublicationsConsulting Services Expert Witness Market Research

Summary of Expertise:

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Expert has a PhD in Computer and Information Science with a major in artificial intelligence and minors in the theory of computation and cognitive science. His artificial intelligence worked included knowledge sharing and problem solving strategies for knowledge-based systems ranging from work funded by the Department of Defense, NIH, and the Office of Naval Research. He has developed models of expert problem solving and diagnostic reasoning in highly uncertain domains, such as red blood cell antibody identification, naval tactical decision making, and biopsy interpretation. He has also been a consultant on the use and development of Bayesian networks for automated medical triage. He has experience developing and using ontologies and semantic web approaches to categorize medical errors and improve information retrieval in clinical and translational data warehouses.

artificial intelligence




computer science


expert system


medical expert system


semantic network


state space (artificial intelligence)

He has extensive experience with LISP, the ACT-R rule-based system.

artificial-intelligence programming language

He has a minor in Cognitive Science and has spent the past 20 years using cognitive models and theories to understand expert decision making, human learning, and to design user interfaces that decrease errors and improve decision making and efficiency. His work ranges from computational models of human learning and problem solving, to the effect that problem representation has on learning and problem solving.



cognitive science


decision aid

He is an expert in the use of human factors engineering and cognitive science to evaluate, design, and improve medical devices and health information technology (HIT). For the past 10 years he has been working to improve patient safety and the quality of care. He has developed guidelines for evaluating the usability and safety of medical devices, examined the role of HIT in remote ICU monitoring, and contributed to the evaluation, design, or redesign of several health-related software applications, As a consultant he has assisted with the identification of use-related hazards as part of the risk analysis process for a new medical device. He has also worked as a consultant on the evaluation of a medical device interface during early device development.

electronic medical device


hospital equipment safety


human factors engineering


information system


information technology


infusion pump


medical computer system


medical device


medical equipment


medical informatics


medical information system


medical pump


medical safety


medical software


new product development


product safety




safety engineering


systems safety engineering


medical device software

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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Houston, Texas;  Pasadena, Texas;  Beaumont, Texas;  College Station, Texas;  Baytown, Texas;  Sugar Land, Texas;  Port Arthur, Texas;  Galveston, Texas;  and Missouri City, Texas.

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1991   PhD   Computer and Information Science   The Ohio State University  
1986   MS   Computer and Information Science   The Ohio State University  
1984   BS   Computer and Information Science   The Ohio State University  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1998 to


(Undisclosed University)


School of Health Information Sciences


Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs


His responsibilities included research, teaching, administrative leadership, Co-Director of AHRQ training program in patient safety and quality.

1991 to 1998


The Ohio State University


Dept. of Pathology


Associate Professor


He was a research member in the Laboratory for Knowledge Based Medical Systems and the Director of Education for the Cognitive Science Program.

Career Accomplishments:


Publications and Patents Summary

He has over 70 peer reviewed scientific publications.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Joint Commission journal on quality and patient safety / Joint Commission Resources  
 - Critical care medicine  
 - Journal of Biomedical Informatics  
 - Advances in Patient Safety: From Research to Implementation  

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • He has provided expert guidance on how to design and evaluate user interfaces in a variety of healthcare-based software, including software for use by genetic counselors, computer-based training programs for psychiatric nurses, and patient education software for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • He conducted risk analysis associated with use-errors for a medical device manufacturer.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
He has done litigation consulting on user interface issues with medical devices.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
1992 to 1997   Germany   He worked with a psychologist at the Univ. of Regensburg on cognitive studies of diagnostic decision making.

Market Research:
He has extensive experience with user interface evaluation and design. Medical device risk analysis experience. He has extensive knowledge of how to design user interfaces to reduce errors and increase efficiency.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:

Short-course on informatics (Session on human factors engineering in healthcare), short-course on human factors engineering in healthcare.


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