WILM Facility Members



Marvin H. Firestone, M.D., J.D., FCLM

Dr. Marvin Firestone is an expert in the area of Medical Law. Dr. Firestone received his medical degree from Temple University in 1964, and his law degree from the University of Colorado in 1980. He was admitted to the California Bar in 1982 and provides medical-legal consultation and medical law services across the State of California. His legal practice primarily involves representation of physicians in cases involving hospital staff privileges, licensure, medical practice disputes, and other complex medical-legal issues.

Dr. Firestone formerly held the Hirsh Chair at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. where he was a professor at its Medical and Law Schools and School of Health Services Administration, teaching Legal Medicine, Psychiatry and the Law, and Legal Aspects of Hospital Administration. He has published over 100 works relating to legal medicine and medical ethics. 

Dr. Firestone was the Editor-in-Chief of Medical Legal Lessons, is Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Legal Medicine Questions and Answers, and is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Legal Medicine and Textbook of Legal Medicine, both publications of the American College of Legal Medicine. He is the past President of the American College of Legal Medicine and a certified specialist in Legal Medicine/Medical Jurisprudence by the American Board of Law in Medicine.
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Michael A. Firestone, MBA, J.D.

Michael A. Firestone, MBA, JD, practices in the areas of health, vaccine injury, and medical business law. He graduated from Santa Clara University’s rigorous JD/MBA joint degree graduate program and was admitted to the California State Bar in 2012. Michael regularly represents physicians and other healthcare providers before the licensing boards. His representation focuses on protecting health care professionals from licensure disciplinary actions, medical staff privilege, peer review matters, health care employment contracts and employment disputes, vaccine injury compensation and medical business transactions.

Michael is a member of the California Academy of Attorneys for Health Care Professionals, the Vaccine Injured Petitioners Bar Association, the San Mateo County Bar Association, the American College of Legal Medicine, and the California Society for Healthcare Attorneys. He currently serves on the Medical Legal Liaison Committee for the San Mateo County Bar Association.

Michael has been involved with the Western Institute of Legal Medicine (WILM) since January 2013. He joined WILM’s Board of Directors in December 2017. 
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Robert Turbow, M.D., J.D.

Dr. Turbow’s legal work focuses on professional license defense, medical staff peer review matters, and medical malpractice cases. He attended Santa Clara University School of Law and is a member of the California State Bar. Dr. Turbow brings over 25 years of clinical bedside experience as a foundation for his legal work. 

He is a practicing neonatologist and has board certification in pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine. His medical education and training include University of Southern California School of Medicine, Stanford University Hospital, University of Colorado, and University of California-Irvine. His healthcare experience includes medical directorships and committee chairs. He also has extensive background in Patient Safety and Bioethics, and currently has adjunct faculty positions at Stanford and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
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William G. Brose, M.D.

Dr. Brose is a practicing Pain Specialty physician with 30 years of clinical experience, including founding the Stanford University Pain Service in 1989 where he remains as a part of the Adjunct Clinical Faculty as a full professor engaged in teaching of medical students, residents and fellows. He is also a Diplomate for the American Board of Anesthesiology and the American Board of Pain Medicine.​

He is a pioneer in the establishment of Chronic Pain management best practices and has supported providers in guideline-compliant prescribing, through opioid risk assessment, informed consent/patient education and management of opioid monitoring exceptions/red flags.​

He has also created opportunities for providers to shift patients from pain alleviation oriented beliefs and treatments to goal oriented functional rehabilitation and chronic pain self-management.​

He not only brings with him the knowledge of pain medicine, but also his experience testifying in court on behalf of his clients that provide the additional advantage to the cases he takes on. 
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Bernie Wilcosky, MD

Dr. Wilcosky attended Duke University School of Medicine and completed his Internship-Letterman at Army Medical Center, San Francisco and a Residency in Anesthesiology-Letterman Army Medical Center, San Francisco, CA. 
  • Duke University School of Medicine 1981 (Alpha Omega Alpha)

  • Internship-Letterman Army Medical Center, San Francisco, CA

  • Residency in Anesthesiology-Letterman Army Medical Center, San Francisco, CA 

  • American Board of Anesthesiology with Certificate of Added Qualifications in Pain Management   

  • American Board of Pain Medicine   

  • American Academy of Integrated Pain Management
  •  Advanced Prescriber Certificate Director-Pain Clinic-Letterman Army Medical Center, San Francisco, CA
  • U.S. Army Medical Corps-Retired Director-Sequoia Pain Treatment Center-Redwood City, CA
  • Director-Pain Treatment Services-Redwood City, CA
  • Over 30 years’ experience in one-on-one multimodal treatment of chronic pain patients
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