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Sanjay Adhia, M.D.

Sanjay Adhia, M.D.

5826 New Territory Blvd., Suite 803
Sugar Land, Texas 77479

Phone(832) 746-5905


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Dr. Adhia is Triple Board-Certified in Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry and Brain Injury Medicine, placing him among fewer than 20 psychiatrists with this cross-over expertise. He assesses complicating medical conditions, brain injuries. emotional distress, PTSD, Anxiety and Depression.

Recent cases include drugs used in alleged sexual assault (DFSA), medical malpractice between treater and patient; prescribing malpractice (psychopharmacology,) competency to stand trial complicated by organ failure and alcoholism, (in)competency after brain injury (sexual assault of a minor posted on Social Media.) Dr. Adhia is skilled in diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment plans for brain injuries and psychiatric conditions. Case studies are found on his website.

Dr. Adhia has served on the faculties of University of Texas Health and Science Center, University of Texas Medical Branch Department of Psychiatry.

In 2019, Dr. Adhia was appointed by the Governor of Texas to the Governor’s Advisory Committee to the Texas Board of Criminal Justice on Offenders with Medical or Mental Impairments.

Brain Injury and Brain Injury Medicine is discussed on Dr. Adhia's website as well as specific practice focus in Psychopharmacology, Mood Disorders (Depression), Anxiety Disorders, Personality Disorders that impact behavior, Suicidology and Criminal cases. Dr. Adhia has consulted, served as a disclosed expert and testified in civil and criminal cases. He conducts skilled Independent Medical Examinations (IMEs), review of medical and legal records producing a thorough report of opinions.

Dr. Adhia's clinical experience includes serving as Medical Director of a private psychiatric clinic and treating violent offenders in correctional psychiatric hospital and a Supermax prison with death row inmates and those in Isolation (Ad Seg.)

Dr. Adhia volunteers with Physicians for Human Rights conducting forensic evaluations of victims of Human Trafficking, sexual assault and kidnapping.


Sanjay Adhia, MD provides forensic expert witness services for plaintiff and defense, civil and criminal jurisdictions, prosecutors, Courts, employers, and insurance companies:

Independent Medical Examination
Review of medical and legal records
Medical-Legal opinion by report
Consultation to attorneys

Emotional Trauma
Competency and mental state
Diminished capacity
Testamentary capacity
Undue Influence
False Imprisonment
Informed consent
Risk of violence assessments
Suicide risk assessment
Sexual harassment
Mental and physical abuse
Extreme violence, physical and mental abuse, kidnapping
Independent medical evaluations / psychiatric disability
Personal injury / pain & suffering / emotional distress
Workplace violence assessments
Fitness for Duty
Evaluations Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Psychiatric medical malpractice
Institutional psychiatric malpractice: hospital, psychiatric hospital, prison, addiction rehab
Failure to diagnose, Failure to treat
Negligent use of medication
Medication side effects, interaction and interactions with drugs of abuse, prescribed or illegal, alcohol, opioids (heroin, crack, cocaine)
Negligent failure to prevent patients from harming themselves or others
Sexual misconduct
Violations of civil rights
Restraints and Seclusion
Toxic tort
Traumatic Brain Injury

Litigation Support Services

Dr. Adhia works with attorneys as an Expert Witness, Consultant, conducting Evaluations and associated review of records, rendering opinion by report and testimony.

Areas of Expertise


Dr. Adhia is a triple Board Certified Forensic Psychiatrist in Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, and Brain Injury Medicine. He evaluates about emotional distress, competency, and incapacity, sexual harassment, victims of violent crime, medical malpractice and standard of care in institutions, wrongful death, severe mental illness, and addiction.

He assesses Depression, Anxiety, brain function and rehabilitation, PTSD, Borderline Personality Disorder, Bipolar Disorders. Malingering is always considered.

Dr. Adhia is skilled in psychopharmacology, medication interactions, and addiction to prescription drugs, opioids, and alcohol.
Dr. Adhia and has recently provided medico-legal opinions in this area.

In clinical practice, Dr. Adhia served as Medical Director of a community Mental Health private treatment clinic in Houston, and previously provided patient care in prison and psychiatric hospitals including in-patient facilities (e.g., addiction rehab.) Patients were on Death Row, Isolation and in prison psychiatric hospital.

Dr. Adhia has served on the faculties of University of Texas Health and Science Center, University of Texas Medical Branch Department of Psychiatry.

In 2019, Dr. Adhia was appointed by the Governor of Texas to the Governor’s Advisory Committee to the Texas Board of Criminal Justice on Offenders with Medical or Mental Impairment

Dr. Adhia provides forensic assessment, pro bono, for Physicians for Human Rights in Asylum and Human Trafficking cases. PTSD and anxiety disorders are often present in such cases.

Consulting Practice

All States, and Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands

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Professional Experience

Forensic Psychiatrist, Private Practice (2013-Current)
Medical Director, PACE Mental Health Clinic, Sugar Land, TX (2018-2019)
Psychiatrist, UTMB-CMC Jester IV Prison Hospital, Richmond, Texas (2016-2018)
Attending Psychiatrist, UT-Harris County Psychiatric Center Competency Restoration Unit, Houston, Texas (2015-2016)
Psychiatrist, Richmond State Supported Living Center, Richmond, Texas (2014)
Inpatient Attending Psychiatrist, University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, Houston, Texas (2012-2013)

Academic Appointments:
2019 - Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry , University of Texas-HSC
8/2016 - 8/2018 Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, UTMB
2015-2016 Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Texas-HSC
8/2012 - 8/2013 - Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Texas-HSC


Texas Medical License

Legal Experience & Services

Dr. Adhia acts as a forensic expert in civil and criminal cases, civil commitment proceedings, and administrative hearings. He consults to attorneys nationwide in criminal and civil cases, plaintiff, defense and prosecution. He has qualified to testify in Civil and Criminal cases in Federal and State venues.


American Psychiatric Association

American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, APA Forensic Organization, Serving on Forensic Neuropsychiatry Committee and Committee on Human Rights and National Security


Board Certified in
Forensic Psychiatry
Brain Injury Medicine
Holds a Buprenorphine Waiver to prescribe for Opioid Use Disorders

Awards & Honors

Appointment to Governor’s Advisory Committee to the Texas Board of Criminal Justice on Offenders with Medical or Mental Impairments
Asylum Network - Physicians for Human Rights

Seminars & Training

PHR Asylum Network training
American Academy of Psychiatry and Law Meetings
Correctional Psychiatry meeting
Medical Review Officer conference (for drug and alcohol testing)


Naras Bhat, MD, FACP, Sanjay Adhia, Assistant Editor, et al. How to Reverse and Prevent Heart Disease and Cancer, 1994

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center - Participated in the initial phases of role of massage on depression study, 2006
CHAI Study - Indian Doctors Association of Houston Coronary artery disease among Houston Asian Indians, 2005
Carpal Tunnel Glove product evaluation utilizing biofeedback and EMG readings, 1996

Clinical Decision Making - Non-emergency Compelled Medications, Poster, 9/19/17, 6th International Conference on Forensic Research & Technology, Houston, TX
Treatment Resistant Depression Grand Rounds, University of Texas Health Science
Center, 2012, Houston Texas
Psychiatry 101 Lecture, Willamette University College of Law, 3/2014, Salem Oregon
Introduction to Forensic Psychiatry Lecture, Willamette University College of
Law, 3/2014, Salem Oregon
Forensic Psychiatry: An Introduction Resident Lecture, University of Texas Health
Science Center, May 2015, Houston Texas
Civil Forensic Psychiatry Resident Lecture, University of Texas Health Science Center, May 2015, Houston Texas
2017. Clinical Decision Making, Non-Emergency Compelled Medications, 6th International Conference on Forensic Research & Technology 9/2017, Houston, Texas

Professional References

Lynn Messer, P.C.
Van Stean Messer Attorneys At Law
Competency to Stand Trial
(281) 770-9998

Feroz Merchant
The Merchant Law Firm, P.C.
Competency to Stand Trial,
Criminal Responsibility
(713) 224-8200

Shiva Pal Gill,
Shiva Gill PC
Competency to be Deported (713) 333-8370
UA Piccolo Lewis
The Lewis Law Group, PLLC
Psychiatric Malpractice (Standard of Care)
(713) 570-6555

Laura Porter
Tom Rhodes Law Firm, P.C.
Psychiatric Malpractice (Medication Error)
(210) 225-5251

Joel Holt
Joel Holt Esq. P.C.
Stress of Pre-Eminent Death & Grief
(340) 773-8709


Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship, Oregon Health Sciences, University, Portland, Oregon (2014)
Psychiatry Residency, University of Texas-HSC, Houston, Texas (2012)
Psychiatry Internship, Kansas University-MC, Kansas City, Kansas (2009)
Medical Degree: M.S, Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore, India (2004)

Articles Published by Sanjay Adhia, M.D.

 Do You Need an Expert Witness Board-Certified in Both Brain Injury Medicine and Forensic Psychiatry?

A properly qualified expert witness is essential, but it becomes especially crucial in the event of brain injuries where training and credentials are not all equal. For example, the event that causes Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or Concussions might also lead to PTSD or emotional distress. A Forensic Psychiatrist is adequately qualified to address the PTSD or emotional distress, but may not have the depth of training necessary to evaluate TBI and its impact. These inter-relationships, or lack, are best understood and assessed by a qualified Expert Witness in both Psychiatry and Brain Injury Medicine. In addition, a Forensic Psychiatrist has additional experience with the medico-legal aspects of a case. Helping juries understand complex cross-over conditions may require an Expert with a unique background and credentials.

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 Board-Certification in Brain Injury Medicine: What Is It?

Brain Injury Medicine (BIM) has recently been added as a subspecialty by the American Board of Medical Specialties, I am asked by attorneys to explain more about it. Qualified Board-Certified Psychiatrists, Neurologists, Physiatrists (Physical Medicine and Rehab) and Sports Medicine physicians are permitted to take the exam for the Brain Injury Medicine certification.

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Date Rape Drugs: Psychiatry, Pharmacology and Law

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