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Forensic Psychiatrist Expert Witness & Forensic Consultant, Triple-Board Certified

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. He assesses complex psychiatric conditions and severe emotional distress, Anxiety and Depression, malingering, complicating physical conditions, treatment and diagnosis. His clinical practice as Medical Director at PACE Mental Health Clinic focuses on patient treatment. Sample forensic cases span civil, criminal and administrative jurisdictions. Case studies are found on his website. Areas of special expertise include competency evaluation, alcoholism and drug abuse factors, alcohol, drug and psychosis associated delusion and hallucinations. He evaluates malingering. Dr. Adhia renders his forensic opinions in civil and criminal litigation as an expert witness. He conducts skilled Independent Medical Examinations, review of medical and legal records, including audio-visual information. He issues reports of findings and testifies.

Prior to private practice, Dr. Adhia served as a correctional psychiatrist working with violent offenders including Death Row inmates, prisoners in Isolation, and non-violent offenders. His work included in a correctional psychiatric hospital and is familiar with the standard of care in institutional settings. Treatment of Psychosis, Mood Disorders, PTSD and Impulse Disorders.

Dr. Adhia volunteers with Physicians for Human Rights, examining 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

Additional Expertise:

Alcohol Drug Abuse Competency, Undue Influence, Will Contest, Fitness For Duty, Impulse Disorders, Hallucinations, Delusions, Malingering


Dr. Adhia is a triple Board Certified Forensic Psychiatrist evaluating 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, PTSD, Anti-Social Personality Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Bipolar Disorders and psychosis, hallucinations and delusions. Malingering is always considered.
Dr. Adhia is skilled in psychopharmacology, medication interactions, and addiction to prescription drugs, opioids and alcohol.
Dr. Adhia. He treats and supervises in prison and psychiatric hospitals, in-patient facilities (e.g., addiction rehab.) Patients are on Death Row, Isolation and in prison psychiatric hospital.
Dr. Adhia's patients include both victims and perpetrators of violent crime: physical abuse and battery, kidnapping, murder; patients at high risk for suicide, violence and self-harm. Dr. Adhia treats victims, pro bono, for Physicians for Human Rights in Asylum and Human Trafficking cases.
Dr. Adhia is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) teaching medical students.

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-Present)
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)


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.


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


Board Certified in Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry and Brain Injury Medicine
Buprenorphine Waiver

Awards & Honors

Asylum Network - Physicians for Human Rights

Seminars & Training

PHR Asylum Network training


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, MD

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