I am an attorney specializing in disability law and also a Board-Certified surgeon (transplant surgery) still licensed to practice medicine. As my curriculum vitae indicates [Appendix A], I am a surgeon with almost thirty years of medical experience. I was Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery and Attending Surgeon in Transplantation at SUNY at Stony Brook. I served as President of the New York Transplantation Society and as Assistant Editor of Transplantation Proceedings. I hold three patents. I have authored three book chapters and 106 research papers published in peer reviewed medical journals. I am also most proud of being a combat veteran. In 1973, I served in the Israeli Seventh Brigade (armored) during the Yom Kippur war.
If you are an honorably discharged veteran, you served your country well and you earned certain benefits. These benefits include the right to receive compensation and medical care for any disabling medical condition that was incurred or aggravated while you were in service. Sad to say, sometimes it can be difficult for the veteran to obtain the earned benefits guaranteed by law.
The Independent Medical Opinion (IMO) is accomplished by a thorough review of the pertinent medical records that you provide to me. Once the records are properly read and reviewed, I then consider, report and record in a document for your use any science that may help us connect the events in the records to you claim for a service connected disability.
The Disability Benefit Questionnaire (DBQ) is a required document for any claim these days. The document is a standardized form that is available to scan into your VA claim or appeal records once completed by a health care professional.
The DBQ that is completed by a civilian (non-VA) health care professional often carries significant weight when compared to that provided by the VA examiner. This is often a matter of credentials when the VA examiner may not be experienced or credentialed to the degree necessary to provide you with an accurate assessment of your disabling conditions.