Sanjay G. Adhia, MD

Dr. Sanjay G. Adhia, MD

Sanjay G. Adhia, M.D., Forensic Psychiatry
5826 New Territory Blvd., Suite 803
Sugar Land , TX 77479
Mobile: 832-746-5905
Office: 832-746-5905


Dr. Adhia is a triple Board-Certified Forensic Psychiatrist. His practice is divided between forensic/expert witness work and clinical psychiatry. Dr. Adhia is Medical Director of PACE Mental Health Clinic in the Houston area. In addition, he consults to attorneys and serves as an expert witness in civil and criminal cases, for plaintiff and defense. He conducts psychiatric medical assessments, IMEs, and review of medical and legal records to form well-reasoned findings and opinions. He is available for testimony.

At PACE, Dr. Adhia supervises mid-level providers and establishes treatment protocols. He draws on his significant expertise in psychopharmacology and proper medication management to treat mental illness. Medication has proven effective in the treatment of Depression and Anxiety (including PTSD and Mania / Bipolar Disorders.) Dr. Adhia has treated hundreds of cases treating complex cases of interconnected disabling psychiatric conditions intertwined with other health issues and response to traumatic experiences. Diagnosis, prognosis and treatment planning are key strengths in his clinical practice, as well as assessing damages in civil litigation.

Dr. Adhia is among the few board-certified Forensic Psychiatrists who are also board-certified in Brain Injury Medicine. This expertise would be invaluable in cases that involve Traumatic Brain Injury and Psychiatry. He has treated many patients with TBI in correctional settings and at the State Supporting Living Center for those with severe IDD and Autism.

Dr. Adhia has conducted dozens of competency evaluations. In probate cases, whether a testator is living or deceased, competency is required to form intent, enter into a contract (including trusts and business transactions) and establish testamentary capacity. A lack of competency can contribute to susceptibility to undue influence. Dr. Adhia finds his expertise in psychopharmacology (drugs, prescribed or over the counter) to be invaluable in cases of health-compromised individuals. Brain function, Dementia and Alzheimer's may also be factors, all of which are assessed by Dr. Adhia.

Before turning to the private sector, Dr. Adhia treated mentally ill men in the correctional system including psychiatric hospital. He assesses malingering. He has treated non-violent and violent offenders including Death Row inmates. He evaluates competency to stand trial, and claims of Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI.) He is experienced in treating addiction to alcohol, prescription and over the counter drugs, and opioids. In hospital, he treated severe mental illness: PTSD, Psychosis, Schizophrenia and Mood Disorders (hallucinations, delusions, bipolar disorder, depression and mania.)

Dr. Adhia is experienced in the standard of care in correctional facilities and correctional psychiatric hospitals.

In his free time, Dr. Adhia volunteers with Physicians for Human Rights, conducting forensic assessment of victims of Human Trafficking, sexual assault, and kidnapping or false imprisonment. Not surprisingly, he has found PTSD, Depression and/or Anxiety Disorders are often present.

Dr. Adhia's professional commitments include acting as a contributing editor to StatPearls, a Brain Injury Medicine publisher of peer-reviewed e-books; he is committed to medical education (formerly Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UTMB).

Areas of Expertise

  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Competency
  • Disability
  • Elder Abuse
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Industrial Psychology
  • Jail Suicide
  • Malingering
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Probate
  • Psychology
  • Sanity/Trial Competency
  • Sexual Addiction
  • Sexual Harassment/Discrimination
  • Spousal Abuse
  • Stress
  • Suicide
  • Testamentary Capacity
  • Vocational Evaluation & Rehabilitation

Expert Background

Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: Medical License, Texas State Board of Medical Examiners License Q0720
Board Certified in Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Board Certified in Forensic Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: American Psychiatric Association
American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
Physicians for Human Rights
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) teaching medical students.


Decision Making - Non-emergency Compelled Medications, Poster, 9/19/17, 6th International Conference on Forensic Research & Technology, Houston, TX

Treatment-Resistant Depression Grand Rounds, University of Texas Health Science Center, 2012, Houston Texas
Psychiatry 101 Lecture, Willamette University College of Law, 3/2014, Salem Oregon

Introduction to Forensic Psychiatry Lecture, Willamette University College of Law, 3/2014, Salem Oregon

Forensic Psychiatry: An Introduction Resident Lecture, University of Texas Health Science Center, May 2015, Houston Texas

Civil Forensic Psychiatry Resident Lecture, University of Texas Health Science Center, May 2015, Houston Texas
Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: No
Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: 50+
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Psychiatric Malpractice
Testamentary Capacity
Stress of Pre-Imminent Death
Competency to Stand Trial
Competency to Testify in Immigration Court
Criminal Responsibility
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 65% Plaintiff. 15% of Dr. Adhia's cases are appointed to him the Court or Administrative body.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 20%
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: Have testified in court over five times in 2016-2017 at the Fort Bend County Court in Texas. Have testified in an Immigration Court. Have testified in Oregon jurisdictions.
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: 10+
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: 10+
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: Since 2013
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Expert Witness
Independent Medical Examinations (IME)
Records Review
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: Rate provided upon request.
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: Rate provided upon request.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: Rate provided upon request.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: Rate provided upon request.
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Fees provided upon request.


1) Lynn Messer, P.C.
Van Stean Messer Attorneys At Law
Competency to Stand Trial
(281) 770-9998

2) Feroz Merchant
The Merchant Law Firm, P.C.
Competency to Stand Trial,
Criminal Responsibiltiy
(713) 224-8200

3) Shiva Pal Gill,
Shiva Gill PC
Competency to be Deported (713) 333-8370

4) UA Piccolo Lewis
The Lewis Law Group, PLLC
Psychiatric Malpractice (Standard of Care)
(713) 570-6555

5) Laura Porter
Tom Rhodes Law Firm, P.C.
Psychiatric Malpractice (Medication Error)
(210) 225-5251

6) Joel Holt
Joel Holt Esq. P.C.
Stress of Pre-Emminent Death & Grief
(340) 773-8709