Jennifer E Souders, MD

Seattle, Washington

General Specialty

Addiction Medicine
Anesthesiology
Clinical Toxicology
Medical Toxicology
Pain Medicine

Specialty Focus

Alcohol Abuse
Alcohol Related Injury / Death
Alcohol Toxicology
Alcohol/Drugs
Child Custody - Substance Use
Clinical Toxicology
Cocaine
Diminished Capacity
Dram Shop Drug Related Injury / Death
Drug Abuse
DUI
DWI Hair Drug Testing
Hospital Drug & Alcohol Testing
Impairment
Marijuana
Medical Toxicology
Medications
Nail Drug Testing
Opiate Addiction
Opioids
Pain Management
Toxicology
Urine Drug Cases

Primary Areas of Expertise


Addiction Medicine - Pain Medicine - Anesthesiology


I am a physician (M.D.) who is Board Certified in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, and Addiction Medicine. As a consultant in forensic/legal cases, my main area of focus involves the clinical toxicology of prescription medications, recreational drugs and substances of abuse, marijuana/cannabis, and alcohol. My training and education include the interpretation of clinical and forensic toxicology test results in multiple matrices, including blood, urine, serum, hair, and nails. In addition, my training and education include safe opioid prescribing procedures, interpretation of prescribing records, assessment of patient responses to prescribed opioids, and overdose prevention education and practices.

Unlike non-physicians who review toxicology test results in forensic cases, as a clinician I am able to read, interpret, and testify on the contents of medical records. I understand that the presence of a positive test result does not necessarily constitute the presence of impairment or observable effects from the substance(s) detected, nor does it indicate a diagnosis of substance use disorder. Impairment includes the physical and behavioral effects of the substance(s) in the context of use and in consideration of other potentially confounding medical conditions. Interpretation of these complex cases requires the consideration of the specifics of each case, supported by generally accepted medical and scientific knowledge.

I also have an unusual background in the education of nutritional coaches who work with strength and physiques athletes, and understand legal and illegal supplement use and the limits of coaching practice.

I work with attorneys representing both plaintiffs and defendants, in both criminal and civil matters. My focus is on providing an objective, thorough, and detail-oriented review of materials with careful analysis of the findings in order to help attorneys make decisions about how they wish to proceed with their cases. This analytic process forms the basis for any written reports that I may author and, for cases in which I provide a written report, the majority do reach a resolution short of trial testimony. I do provide testimony in cases where it is indicated and agreed upon, and focus on clear explanations that are similar to the process of patient education. I also provide extensive consultation services including assessment of cases prior to filing, attorney question preparation prior to interview or deposition, and cross examination questions at trial.

 

Education:

BS Biology, Bucknell University, Lewisburg PA
MD, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
Residency, Anesthesiology, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO
Fellowship, Research, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Credentials:

1993 Board Certified, American Board of Anesthesiology
2015 Board Certified, American Board of Addiction Medicine
2016 Board Certified, American Board of Pain Medicine

Experience:

2013-2019: Staff Physician, Northwest Pain Management Associates, A Division of Proliance Surgeons, Mountlake Terrace, WA
2018-present: Medical Director, The Diet Doc LLC, Evansville, IN
2018-present: Medical Director, The National Academy of Metabolic Science, Evansville, IN
2020-present: Board of Directors, The Nutrition Coaching Global Mastermind, Evansville, IN
2020-present: Chronic Pain Assistant Coach, The DOC Journey, Elation, Inc., Billings, MT

jensouders@comcast.net

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