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Sanjay Adhia, MD

Sanjay Adhia, MD

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 a dozen physicians with this cross-over expertise. He assesses complicating medical conditions, brain injuries, emotional distress, PTSD, Anxiety, Bipolar disorder, Depression, and alleged disabling psychiatric conditions.

Recent cases include Capital mitigation, drug-facilitated sexual assault, medical malpractice involving medications, motor vehicle accidents & DBA cases involving TBI & PTSD, wrongful death, Testamentary Capacity, and Competency to Stand Trial complicated by organ failure. He conducts Fitness for Duty evaluations; recently he assessed an employee qualified to carry firearms and presenting with erratic behavior.

Dr. Adhia is skilled in diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of brain injuries and psychiatric disorders. Case studies are found on his website.

Brain Injury is discussed on his website as well as specific practice focus in Psychopharmacology, Mood Disorders, PTSD, Psychosis, Suicidology, and Criminal cases. He has consulted and/or served as a disclosed expert, and testified in civil and criminal cases. He conducts skilled Independent Medical Examinations (IMEs), review of records producing a thorough report.

Currently, Dr. Adhia works in a neuro-rehabilitation center where his focus is the neuropsychiatric sequelae of brain injury, concussions, stroke, and spinal cord injury. He also works at a community health center treating psychiatric patients with substance abuse. Previous experience includes serving as Medical Director of a psychiatric clinic, a prison psychiatric hospital and a Death Row unit, an IDD (formerly mental retardation) & Autism state facility. He is licensed to prescribe suboxone for opioid dependence.

Dr. Adhia is appointed to the Governor's Advisory Committee to the Texas Board of Criminal Justice on Offenders with Medical or Mental Impairments in 2020 and 2021. Dr. Adhia volunteers with Physicians for Human Rights evaluating victims of Human Trafficking and torture. He is a certified Medical Review Officer (MRO) and has expertise in alcohol & drug testing.


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 (IME)
Review of medical and legal records
Medical-Legal opinion by a report
Consultation to attorneys

Emotional Trauma
Competency and mental state
Diminished capacity and legal Insanity (NGRI)
Testamentary capacity
Fitness for Duty (Occupational Psychiatry)
Undue Influence
False Imprisonment
Informed consent
Risk of violence assessments
Suicide risk assessment
Sexual harassment
Sexual assault or exploitation
Mental and physical abuse
Extreme violence, physical and mental abuse, kidnapping
Independent medical examination / psychiatric disability
Personal injury / pain & suffering / emotional distress
Workplace violence assessments
Fitness for Duty
Evaluations Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Title IX
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
Violations of civil rights
Restraints and Seclusion
Toxic tort
Traumatic Brain Injury
Wrongful Death
Correctional Cases

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

Additional Expertise:

Sexual Exploitation, Title IX, Title 9, Longshore, DWI, Occupational Exam, Somatization, Schizoaffective Disorder, Workman's Compensation, Workers' Compensation, Worker Compensation, Workers Comp, Disability, Defense Base Act, DBA, Human Trafficking, Asylum, Torture, Tobacco, Tobacco Addiction, Vaping, Smoking, Heroin Addiction, Heroin Abuse, Opioids, Opioid Addiction, Opioid Abuse, Opioid Withdrawal, Methamphetamines, Methamphetamine Abuse, Methamphetamine Addiction, Methamphetamine Dependence, Cocaine, Cocaine Dependence, Cocaine Abuse, Cocaine Addiction, Cannabis, Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault, Court Martial, Rape, Child Pornography, Kidnapping, Stockholm Syndrome, Infant Abduction, Fetal Abduction, Forensic Neuropsychiatry, CTE, Sports Psychiatry, Date Rape, Fear of Imminent death, Fear of Pre-imminent death, Will Contest, Emotional Trauma, Xanax, Capital, Murder, Death Penalty, Isolation, Correctional, Ad Seg, Black Out.


Dr. Adhia is a triple Board Certified Forensic Psychiatrist in Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, and Brain Injury Medicine. He evaluates 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, TBI, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, IDD (mental retardation) Autism, and 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.

Dr. Adhia has treated a wide variety of patients; from victims to perpetrators. Currently, he works at a renowned neuro-rehabilitation center where he cares for those with TBI and other neurological injuries. He has treated psychopathic offenders on Death Row, directed a private practice, assisted those with opioid and alcohol withdrawals, worked on an inpatient Competency Restoration Unit treating severe psychosis and neurocognitive disorders (dementia), and assisted those with severe mental retardation (IDD) and autism at a state residential facility.

Dr. Adhia has serves on the faculties of University of Texas Health and Science Center. In the past, he was faculty at the University of Texas Medical Branch Department of Psychiatry.

Dr. Adhia serves as an appointed and Texas senate-confirmed member of the Governor of Texas to the Governor's Advisory Committee to the Texas Board of Criminal Justice on Offenders with Medical or Mental Impairment since 2019 (current in 2021.)

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

Sanjay Adhia, M.D., Forensic Psychiatrist, Expert Witness and Legal Consultant to Attorneys. Private practice. (2014-Present)

TIRR Memorial Hermann Research and Rehabilitation (Hospital). Treating patients with brain injuries, stroke, and spinal cord injuries, as a Psychiatrist and Brain Injury Medicine physician (2019-Present)

Medical Director, The Ekklesia, PLLC – Mental Health Service, Supervising a mid-level practitioner treating psychiatric and substance use disorders. Houston, TX (2020-current)

Psychiatrist, Avenue 360 Health & Wellness (FQHC clinic treating the Homeless, LGBTQ, Substance Use Disorders, those with HIV). Houston, TX (2020-current)

Medical Director, PACE Mental Health Clinic, Sugar Land, TX (2018-2019)

Psychiatrist, UTMB-CMC Jester IV Prison Psychiatric Facility and Death Row Inmates, Richmond, TX (2016-2018)

Attending Psychiatrist, University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, Competency Restoration Unit, Houston, TX (2015-2016)

Psychiatrist, Texas State Department of Aging and Disability Services, SSLC, Richmond, TX (2014)

Inpatient Attending Psychiatrist, University of Texas Psychiatric Center, Houston, TX (2012-2013)

Academic Appointments
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Texas Health and Science Center, Department of Psychiatry (2019-Current )

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) (2016-2018)
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Texas Health Science Center (2012, 2013, 2015)

Government Contracts
U.S. Department of Defense

Federal Courts

U.S. Federal CAGE, SAM and DUNS

Government Appointment
Governor's Advisory Committee to the Texas Board of Criminal Justice on Offenders with Medical or Mental Impairments. Appointed and Reappointed for a second term; confirmed by the Texas State Senate (2019-2021; 2021-Current)


Texas Medical License, Board of Medical Examiners, (License #Q0720)
Medical Review Officer (MRO), Medical Review Officers Certification Council, (2020)
Florida Medical Doctor Expert Witness License #7683 (2020)
Buprenorphine Waiver to treat Opioid Use Disorders (2018)

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.


Physicians for Human Rights – Asylum Network
American Psychiatric Association
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, Forensic Neuropsychiatry Committee
Alzheimer's Association, Alois Society
Brain Injury Association of America


Board Certified in Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Certificate #67625), (2014)

Board-Certified in Forensic Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Certificate #2127), (2015)

Board-Certified in Brain Injury Medicine, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Certificate #101), (2018)

Awards & Honors

Appointment to Governor's Advisory Committee to the Texas Board of Criminal Justice on Offenders with Medical or Mental Impairments and the Geriatric Sub-committee
Fort Bend County District Attorney Community Engagement Working Group
Asylum Network - Physicians for Human Rights
DAYA Houston, pro-bono IMEs for Asian victims of domestic abuse
Program for Immigrant & Refugee Child Health, Baylor College of Medicine, pro-bono IMEs

Seminars & Training

PHR Asylum Network training
American Academy of Psychiatry and Law Meetings
Correctional Psychiatry meeting
Medical Review Officer course (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

Tyler Durns, MD; Austin W. Blum, MD, JD; and Sanjay G. Adhia, MD, fMRI in the Courtroom: A (Very Brief) Overview, American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law Newsletter, Spring 2021

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
2020 Forensic Psychiatry: An Introduction Resident Lecture, University of Texas Health Science Center, July 2020, Houston, Texas

Professional References

Shiva P Gill
Appeared before the US Supreme Court
Address: 2200 Southwest Fwy # 320, Houston, TX 77098
Phone: (713) 333-8370
Competency to be Deported

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, MD

 Understanding Dementia and Medical-Legal Implications

Dementia encompasses degenerative disorders of the brain. It can be subtle and fluctuate in severity even from day to day. It can accompany genetic factors, or be associated with an injury or repeated injuries to the brain and head. It is serious and marked by symptoms that can impair making informed decisions or manage the most basic tasks we take for granted in living our daily lives.

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 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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 Weaponized Chemistry, a Medicine Cabinet of Assault

Date Rape Drugs: Psychiatry, Pharmacology and Law

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