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Requests for Pulmonary IMEs and Pulmonology Expert Witnesses have been on the rise in the Los Angeles area recently. Pulmonology is a subspecialty of Internal Medicine that concerns treatment of diseases involving the pulmonary system, which includes the lungs and airways.
There are many reasons you might need an expert pulmonologist to perform a Pulmonary IME or act as a Pulmonology Expert Witness in trial. Some conditions that pulmonologists treat include pneumonia, cancer, asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, COPD, and sleep disorders. Pulmonary IMEs are often requested for occupational diseases like asbestosis or other toxic exposures.
A pulmonary IME should be done by a board-certified pulmonologist. Although a physician does not need to have any qualifications other than a medical license to perform an IME, it’s highly advisable to use a physician with experience conducting Independent Medical Evaluations. Physicians without experience in the medical-legal field will likely have difficulty writing thorough reports which adhere to industry standards and may have trouble complying with existing laws pertaining to IMEs.
California Medical Evaluators (CME) represents many doctors in Los Angeles as well as all over the state of California who frequently conduct IMEs and Expert Witness Testimony, as well as other types of medical-legal work including QMEs, AMEs, Disability Evaluations, Fitness for Duty Evaluations, and Records Review. Pulmonology experts that work with CME undergo specialized training to ensure that they are prepared to conduct thorough pulmonary IMEs and be excellent pulmonology expert witnesses.
Dr. Stewart Lonky is CME’s top pulmonology expert in the Los Angeles area. He is board-certified in Pulmonology as well as Internal Medicine and has been practicing pulmonary medicine for over 40 years. Dr. Lonky has been involved with medical-legal work since 1984 and has conducted numerous IMEs concerning pulmonary disease and toxic exposures.
You can request a pulmonary IME online or call us at 888.963.8933.