Professor Pope is available to serve as a consulting or testifying expert witness in court, arbitration and other tribunal proceedings.
Professor Pope has engaged on two main types of cases. First, both tort and contract cases involving healthcare providers intertwine with issues of clinical and/or professional ethics. For example, did the termination of a hospital-physician contract result in patient abandonment? Second, actions regarding life-sustaining treatment concern the scope of consent authority of surrogate decision makers like proxies, agents, parents, and guardians.
Professor Pope has worked with a wide range of parties in the healthcare system. He has been retained by hospital systems, physicians, nurses, and patients. He has been retained by both plaintiffs and defendants.
Areas of Expertise
Bioethics Brain Death
End-of-Life Medical Treatment
Life Sustaining Treatment Disputes
Current Experience as Expert Witness
Termination of Treatment Relationship & Patient Abandonment:
Professor Pope is engaged in a state court matter in Iowa that questions whether physicians proivided sufficient notice before leaving their practice.
Nursing Ethics & Professional Boundaries: Professor Pope is engaged in a healthcare licensing board action in Minnesota that questions whether a licensee should have accepted a significant gift from a patient.
Life-Sustaining Medical Treatment: Professor Pope is engaged in a proceeding in Massachusetts that questions whether a surrogate may direct a facility to withdraw a patient's artifical and nutrition.
Past Experience as Expert Witness
In re Areen Chakrabarti, Orphans Court Division, Action No. 201800563MI in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. Testified at May 2018 trial on the legal status of brain death in a family dispute with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Also served as consulting expert.
Ramdas Bhandari, MD v. V/H/A Southwest Community Health Corporation d/b/a Community Hospital Corporation and Artesia General Hospital. Civil Action No. 1:09-CV-00932 JB/LAM; in the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico. Retained by Greenberg Traurig LLP for hospital client, 2010-2011. Primary issue concerned hospital and physician duties to former patients of departed physician. Deposition taken in Houston.
Kosta M. Arget, MD et al. v. Renown Health et al. Civil Action No. CV11-02477; in the Second Judicial District for the State of Nevada, Washoe County. Retained by Bryan Cave LLP for hospital client, 2013. Primary issue concerned hospital and physician group duties to former patients of departed physicians. Attended hearing in Reno but case settled.
Wagner v. Summa Health System. Civil Action No. CV-2013-09-4227; in the Court of Common Pleas, Summit County, Ohio. Retained by family of deceased patient, 2016-2017. Primary issue concerned provider duty to obtain appropriate consent for a DNR/CCO order. Deposition taken in Saint Paul.
In re Rodney Knoepfle (Helena, Montana). Retained as a pre-suit non-testifying expert by patient planning claim against hospital, 2016-2017. The patient was resuscitated against his wishes and directions.
$300 per hour for research, document review, and preparation
$400 per hour for deposition and trial testimony
Professor Pope has been a member of the State Bar of California since 1999.
Professor Pope was admitted pro hac vice to New Jersey in 2009 and 2010.