Physician Assistant & Nurse Practitioner Standard of Care Expert Witnesses
The Physician Assistant Experts Network™ offers the following legal services:
• Medical-legal case review
• Medical records review
• Case merit analysis
• Physician Assistant standard of care determination
Advanced Nurse Practitioner standard of care determination
• Expert witness deposition and testimony
• Full service recruitment and coordination of qualified PA and NP experts in all clinical specialties
Litigation Support Services
The Physician Assistant Experts Network™ provides three main services:
1) Case review, deposition and testimony on the standard of care of physician assistants in the clinical areas for which the staff is highly qualified;
2) Coordination of these same services for all medical specialties through a network of available PA and NP experts in specialty practice;
3) Identification and referral of qualified PA and NP experts that meet specific needs for specialty practice, geographic location or confidentiality.
Areas of Expertise
Dr. Nicholson is the founder of The Physician Assistant Experts Network™. Having worked in PA Education and in state and national PA leadership for many years, he possesses an intimate knowledge of the profession. About ten years ago he was approached by a Wisconsin insurance company to give his opinion on the medical care provided by a PA and his supervising physician. Since that time, requests for his assistance from insurance companies and attorneys around the nation have increased to the point where the need for a Network of competent PAs in all medical specialties became obvious.
The idea of developing a PA expert base in all specialties was an easy one. Saving attorneys' time by locating qualified PA Experts that meet the particulars of each case is a service that he is well-positioned to provide. In addition to his prior leadership experience in the profession, he is now the president of the American Academy of PAs in Legal Medicine, a caucus of our national PA professional organization. We collect data on PAs nationwide who have been involved in reviewing cases, we provide education to PAs on the litigation process, on working with attorneys, and on providing depositions and testimony. We also educate fellow practicing PAs on their own liability and risk management. He continues to provide services as a PA Expert witness, but he also now manages a network of other highly qualified PAs who have experience doing the same from multiple specialties.
Dr. Nicholson's credentials include:
• Former Director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Physician Assistant Program and Associate Professor University of Texas - Southwestern PA Program
• 25 years of continuous clinical employment in family practice, emergency medicine, internal medicine, urgent care, occupational medicine; Board certified, licensed, clinically practicing
• Twelve years of full-time PA student teaching and PA program administration experience
• Distinguished Fellow, American Academy of Physician Assistants
• Degrees from Harvard University, Boston College, University of Wisconsin
• Two-time President of the Wisconsin Academy of Physicians Assistants
• Five-time representative to the American Academy of Physician Assistants House of Delegates
• President of the American Academy of PAs in Legal Medicine (AAPALM)
All PA and NP experts in the PA Expert Network are board certified, state licensed, actively practicing and have prior case review experience. PA and NP experts are available in all medical specialties.
Program Director, University of Wisconsin Physician Assistant Program
Director of Clinical Education, University of Wisconsin Physician Assistant Program
Director of Clinical Education, Assistant Professor, University of Texas Southwestern PA Program
25 years of active clinical experience in primary care specialties
21 years Consultant on the PA profession, utilization and risk management
Physician Assistant, Wisconsin License #904-023
National Board Certification, National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants
Legal Experience & Services
15 years experience as medical-legal consultant and expert witness for all matters involving physician assistant standard of care, scope of practice, education and credentialing. Defense and plaintiff representation fairly equal.
American Academy of Physician Assistants in Legal Medicine (AAPALM)
American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)
Wisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants (WAPA)
Society of Emergency Medicine PAs
Distinguished Fellow, American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)
President – American Academy of Physician Assistants in Legal Medicine (AAPALM)
President - Wisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants, two terms, current Treasurer
President – Wisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants Foundation: 2003-2007
State Representative, House of Delegates, American Academy of Physician Assistants, five terms
Adjunct Faculty and Lecturer Marquette University, Concordia University, Carroll University
Awards & Honors
Distinguished Fellow Status, American Academy of Physician Assistants
Seminars & Training
Presentation: “Risk Management and Patient Safety for Physician Assistants,” American Academy of Physician Assistants Annual Conference, Atlanta, May, 2010, Wisconsin Academy of Physicians Assistants May, 2009 and April 2010, South Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants, October 2010.
Research Poster Presentation: Medical Malpractice: The Physician Assistant Factor presented at the American Academy of Physician Assistant Annual Conference, Atlanta, May, 2010.
Radio Interviews: ReachMD Satellite Radio XM160, “What PAs Need to Know About Malpractice Coverage,” November 15, 2010, and Risk Management Strategies for Physician Assistants, May 31, 2010.
Article: Physician Assistant and Nurse Practitioner Malpractice Trends, Medical Care Research and Review, Published June 13, 2016, pp. 1-12.
Article: Does the Employment of Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners Increase Liability? Journal of Medical Licensure and Discipline, Vol. 95 Number 2, Fall 2009
Article: A Study of Malpractice and Safety Comparing PAs to Physicians and APNs, The Spectator,
Official Publication of the Wisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants, February, 2009
Publication: Co-author, Physician Assistant portion of “Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse Midwives: Employment Guide.” December, 1999, updated annually
Editor: Physician Assistant Employment Guide, 2002-2010 editions
Article: Hillside Health Care Clinic: A Rural Belize International Preceptorship, Journal of Physician Assistant Education, Vol. 18, No. 1, 2007
Article Reviewer and Article Editor – Perspectives on Physician Assistant Education 1999-2005
Article: Guidelines of Program Collaboration on the Use of Clinical Training Sites in Perspective on Physician Assistant Education, Vol. 10, No. 3, Summer 1999
Editor: American Diabetes Association, Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council,
Manual of Nutritional Therapy, 1996
Editor: Chronicle Guidance Publications, Inc. Occupational Brief on Physician Assistants, 2002.
Presentation: First Place Award, American Academy of Physician Assistants, Research Poster
“PA Program Graduates Choosing Employment in Medically Underserved Areas,” 1996
Workshop Leader: “Computer Literacy for Clinical Practice,”
American Academy of Physician Assistants Annual Conference, 1997, 1998
Multiple references are available upon request for expert witness consultation for both defense and plaintiff.
PA-C and Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison
M.Ed., Harvard University
MPAS, University of Nebraska
B.S., Boston College
Articles Published by Physician Assistant Experts Network, LLC
The Physician Assistant Expert Witness and Medico-legal Consultant: A Guide for Attorneys and Experts
Brief overview of PA scope of practice and supervising physician role and relationship. Recommendations for the use of PA experts to provide opinions on the standard of care.Read Article
A Study of Malpractice and Safety Comparing PAs to Physicians and APNs
Nationwide Physician Assistant Malpractice Demonstrates Lower Malpractice Incidence and Average Payment Amounts over a 17 Year Period Compared to MDs and Advance Practice NursesRead Article