Robert A Ertner, MD

Chico, California

General Specialty


Specialty Focus

Airway Management
Airway Trauma
Ambulatory Aesthesia
Anesthesia Devices / Equipment
Anesthesia Monitoring
Cardiac Anesthesia
Cardiac Anesthesiology
Central Lines
General Anesthesia
Heart Attacks / Cardiac Arrest
Hospital Safety
ICU Sedation
Intraoperative Monitoring
Medical Malpractice
Nerve Damage
Neurosurgical Anesthesia
Obstetric Anesthesiology
Operating Room Fires
Operating Room Standards of Care
Organ Donation
Preoperative Assessment
Regional Anesthesia
Respiratory Failure
Spinal Anesthesia
Wrongful Death

Primary Areas of Expertise

General Anesthesiology

Dr. Ertner is a Board Certified Anesthesiologist trained at Texas Tech University with cardiothoracic subspecialty training at Emory University. With 17 years of direct, hands-on patient care, he also works with CRNAs, residents, and medical students. He is able to address issues of standard of care, breach, and causation and is available to assist both plaintiff and defense attorneys. His work as an expert includes case-review, report-writing, deposition, and trial testimony.

Dr. Ertner has been involved in medical-legal work since 2014. He has reviewed cases for attorneys representing both plaintiff and defense. Dr. Ertner has consulted on over 85 cases, written numerous case opinions, been deposed, and testified multiple times. He works with clients to offer both an understanding of the relevant medicine (anatomy, pathophysiology, pharmacology, etc.) and how to think about what information they need to seek going forward as they pursue their cases.



BS, BA, Texas Tech (Math, Physics, and Chemistry
MD, Texas Tech University Health Sciences School of Medicine



  • May 2005 – Board Certified in Anesthesiology
  • June 2007 – Board Certified Diplomat of the National Board of Echocardiography


Areas of Expertise:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Cardiac Anesthesiology
  • Thoracic Anesthesiology
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Epidural
  • Spinal
  • Airway Management
  • Airway Trauma
  • Intubation
  • Transesophageal Echocardiography
  • Nerve Injury
  • Bronchospasm
  • Laryngospasm
  • Intraoperative Cardiac Arrest


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