Medical Evidence In Veterans’ Disability Rating
I am an attorney specializing in disability law and also a Board-Certified surgeon (transplant surgery) still licensed to practice medicine. As my curriculum vitae indicates [Appendix A], I am a surgeon with almost thirty years of medical experience. I was Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery and Attending Surgeon in Transplantation at SUNY at Stony Brook. I served as President of the New York Transplantation Society and as Assistant Editor of Transplantation Proceedings. I hold three patents. I have authored three book chapters and 106 research papers published in peer reviewed medical journals. I am also most proud of being a combat veteran. In 1973, I served in the Israeli Seventh Brigade (armored) during the Yom Kippur war.
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After representing more than 3,000 claimants before the Social Security Administration (SSA) and winning numerous appeals at the Federal Court, I have restricted my practice to the representation of veterans. I am passionate about defending veterans’ rights and firmly believe that my medical career gives me a great advantage in understanding and challenging faulty medical rating decisions. As an attorney admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, I am committed to understanding the very complex legal rules and decisions involved.