How We Help You as a Certified Life Care Planner and Medical Expert Witness

As the go-to-expert for attorneys who need to substantiate damages on a case, Stephen H. Barkow, M.D. will speak with all the other medical experts on the team, get their opinions, and create the documentation you need to present in court to:

  • Clearly illustrate the extent of injuries
  • Project the cost of ongoing care and other needs
  • Objectively demonstrate findings in an easy-to-understand manner

When you need a solid life care plan or medical expert witness to strengthen your case, more attorneys are choosing a physician life care planner.

Why We’re Different

With over 30 years of clinical experience and 4 board certifications, Dr. Barkow is uniquely qualified in life care planning to comprehend the medical team’s opinions, where they align, and determine overall damages for personal injury.

Dr. Barkow’s depth of expertise is rare, bringing a remarkable perspective based on his background in Emergency Medicine, Anesthesiology, and Pain Management.

What you can expect from us:

  • Credible, honest medical opinions
  • Neutral perspective
  • Responsive, timely communication
  • Accessible whenever you need us
  • Clearly written reports that non-medical audiences find easy-to-understand

What we’re not good at:

  • Taking cases we don’t believe in
  • Creating a Life Care Plan in less than two weeks or without enough information provided

To find out how we can help your case, contact us today.

Why We Do What We Do

We have a passion for medical legal cases and helping people in need.

Our passion is evident in our professionalism and how we serve our clients. We love working with law firms, deep diving into a case, and coming through for our clients. We find the process rewarding, and we’ll put in just as many hours as you do to meet deadlines.

We’re easy to reach and responsive to our clients’ needs. We understand that sometimes a phone call, a meeting, or a home visit is easier on a weekend. We’re here for you and your clients when you need us.

Dr. Stephen Barkow’s Story and Expertise:

Dr. Barkow has a big heart and always wanted to help people. He grew up in Buffalo, NY. His mom was a special ed teacher, and he appreciated her passion for helping people. Stephen initially went into Emergency Medicine because that's where he thought he could do the most good. In the ER, he fell in love with some of the bigger, more complicated cases. That led him to go back to school to become an Anesthesiologist. With his specialty in Anesthesia, he worked on large surgical cases and found he had a growing interest in pain management. Both of his parents passed away of cancer, and he developed an even greater passion for helping people in chronic pain, so he went back to school to get his Pain Management specialty (within Anesthesia).

Dr. Barkow’s breadth of background in medicine gives him a distinctive perspective on each medical legal case. He can see a case from its inception in the ER, through surgeries, and understands the lifelong pain a person can suffer.

As a certified life care planner and physician expert witness, his medical background enables him to very successfully provide sound opinions on a case and substantiate damages.

Stephen H. Barkow, M.D. has been practicing for 30+ years with board certifications in pain management, anesthesiology, and emergency medicine. He also has significant academic and teaching experience as a Clinical Assistant Professor (1988-2000, 2004-2014) and as a Master Instructor (2000-current) in his areas of specialty. He has received numerous awards and has been a guest on the Doctors TV Show.

Dr. Barkow

Professional Certifications:

  • American Board of Anesthesiology, Certified 1993
  • American Board of Anesthesiology, Special Qualification in Pain Management, Certified 2001
  • American Board of Pain Medicine, Certified 2001
  • American Board of Emergency Medicine, Certified 1988
  • National Board of Medical Examiners, Certified 1984
  • California Licensure Radiography & Fluoroscopy Supervisor & Operator
  • California Licensure #G53522
  • Drug Enforcement Agency #AB2810605
  • Qualified Medical Examiner, State of California (QME)
  • Life Care Planner (LCP), Certified 2016


  • Physician of Excellence (Orange County Medical Association, 2018, 2017, 2015, 2014, 2009)
  • Orange Coast Top Doctors (2018, 2016)
  • Castle Connolly Top Doctor (2014, 2013, 2012, 2011)
  • Top 10 Doctor (Vital's, 2014)
  • Patient's Choice Award (Vitals, 2014, 2013, 2010, 2009)
  • On-Time Doctor (Vital's, 2014, 2010)
  • Southern California Top Doctor (2013)
  • US News and World Report Top Doctor (ongoing)

To find out how we can help your case, contact us today.

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