Sanjay Adhia, MD
Clinical and Forensic Psychiatrist
Additional qualifications in Brain Injury Medicine, Neuropsychiatry and Psychopharmacology
Dr. Adhia is among fewer than a dozen Forensic Psychiatrists in the U.S. who hold Board Certification in the 3 disciplines: Brain Injury Medicine (BIM,) Forensic Psychiatry and Psychiatry.
19 children and 2 adults were fatally shot on May 25, 2022, at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
Dr. Adhia is interviewed by KHOU, CBS in Houston.
The shooter purchased assault rifles days after turning 18 and within eight days before the shooting, a risk factor Dr. Adhia describes as “planning” [the crime].
Dr. Adhia evaluates as an Expert Witness, private Forensic Consultant to attorneys, and has an active practice as a Clinical Psychiatrist.
Clinical Psychiatry, Neuropsychiatry and Patient Care.
Brain Injuries, Stroke and Spinal Cord Injuries. TIRR Memorial Hermann. Dr. Adhia treats patients with neuropsychiatric complications of brain injuries and stroke at renowned TIRR Memorial Hermann, a hospital and research leader.
Psychiatric Treatment. Dr. Adhia treats psychiatric patients at Avenue 360, a Houston clinic that provides health care to underserved populations such as HIV positive, LGBQT and homeless patients.
Previously, he served as Medical Director at PACE, a private psychiatric care clinic. Prior to PACE, Dr. Adhia treated inmates in Texas corrections facilities including capital offenders in maximum security and death row inmates.
Credentials, Education and Qualifications.
Specialty Credentials. Dr. Adhia is a certified Medical Review Officer (MRO) qualified to evaluate and interpret drug testing, toxicology and laboratory results. He also holds a Buprenorphine Waiver from the HHS to treat opioid addiction.
Governor Appointment. Dr. Adhia is an appointed and senate-confirmed member of the State of Texas Governor’s Advisory Committee to the Texas Board of Criminal Justice on Offenders with Medical or Mental Impairments.
Academic. Dr. Adhia is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).
Volunteer. Dr. Adhia volunteers with Physicians for Human Rights – Asylum Network (forensic evaluations in human trafficking cases,) and Daya Houston, a clinic treating South Asian survivors of sexual and domestic abuse.
Education. Dr. Adhia completed his Fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry at Oregon Health & Science University in 2014 (one of fewer than 30 programs in the U.S.), and residency in Psychiatry at the University of Kansas Medical Center and University of Texas Health and Sciences Center.
DR. ADHIA’S PRACTICE
TOPICS FOR LAWYERS
- Treatment Planning
Is it Possible To Be “Made Whole?”
What Our Clients Say
Arturo Corsa, Esq.
“…Dr. Adhia was an excellent witness for our defense. A qualified expert, he traveled to Georgia from Texas on short notice and provided critical testimony regarding date rape drug effects and surreptitious methods of delivery in an involuntary intoxication case in Superior Court. The prosecution couldn’t touch him; but they will probably need him in the future.”
Lee Burkstein, JD
"Dr. Adhia served as an expert witness in a difficult and complex Medical Board case. Dr. Adhia was quick on the draw, conscientious, and most importantly, authoritative and reliable."
Jesse S. White, Esq.
“My client's will contest case involved a multi-million dollar estate. Dr. Adhia was retained as an expert forensic psychiatrist. His work was exemplary, and I would recommend him without hesitation to anyone seeking a highly qualified psychiatric expert.”
Shiva Gill, Esq.
“Dr. Adhia worked with me on two cases involving immigration clients with mental incapacity… the court gave significant weight to his evaluation. I look forward to working with Dr. Adhia again.”
Jim James, Esq.
“Even the prosecutor was impressed with the report. It was so thorough in fact that we reached an agreement that prevented the need for a trial.”
OUTSIDE THE COURTROOM
- TIRR Memorial Hermann treating patients with spinal cord and brain injuries as a Psychiatrist and Brain Injury Medicine physician
- Avenue 360 Health & Wellness, an FQHC clinic treating the Homeless, LGBTQ, Substance Use Disorders, those with HIV
Faculty Appointments / Teaching Experience
- University of Texas Health and Science Center, Department of Psychiatry, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry (2019)
- University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
- University of Texas Health and Science Center, Lecturer in Forensic Psychiatry topics, Department of Psychiatry, mentor to residents in Forensic Psychiatry.
Governor’s Advisory Committee to the Texas Board of Criminal Justice on Offenders with Medical or Mental Impairments, Appointed since 2019.
Dr. Adhia teaches and mentors residents about Forensic Psychiatry.
Physicians for Human Rights Asylum Network
Dr. Adhia volunteers with PHR. He conducts forensic evaluations of victims of traumatic violence, kidnapping, rape, assault and human trafficking.
IF YOU ARE AN ATTORNEY
Dr. Adhia welcomes inquiry from attorneys for plaintiff, defense or other party. Call to discuss your case and psychiatric factors in claims, damages, and liability.