Nurse Practitioner Expert Witness

Christina Sanders, MSN, RN, ANP-BC

Christina Sanders brings 20 years of clinical nursing experience to Vera Juris. She leads the firm's medical-legal consulting activities and is responsible for managing all client casework. Additionally, Christina is a nurse practitioner expert witness for both plaintiff and defense cases.

Christina was educated at Johns Hopkins University where she earned a bachelors and masters degree in nursing. During nursing school, Ms. Sanders received multiple awards including those for clinical expertise and academic excellence. She is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as an adult nurse practitioner. She also received a bachelor’s degree in government with a concentration in public policy from the University of Notre Dame before starting nursing school. In 2003, she enrolled at the Vickie Milazzo Institute and completed the course work and examination to become a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant.

Christina has been a registered nurse since 1998 and has worked as a nurse practitioner since 2000. She started her nursing career in the emergency department at Johns Hopkins Hospital. After completing her Masters in 2000, she began practicing as an adult nurse practitioner specializing in cardiology with a large private practice group in New Jersey. From 2004 to 2012 she worked for Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, California in outpatient cardiology. In the spring of 2012 she joined San Diego Cardiovascular Associates, a private practice, and focuses on both inpatient and outpatient cardiovascular medicine. Clinical areas of interest include coronary artery disease, angina, atrial fibrillation, hypertension, heart attack, stroke, cholesterol, obesity and cardiac stress testing.



Home Address:  15613 Via Montecristo, San Diego, California 92127
Business Phone:  (858) 759-5300
Email:  [email protected]


Undergraduate Education
The University of Notre Dame

South Bend, Indiana
Bachelor of Arts in Government, 1996

The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

Baltimore, Maryland
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 1998

Graduate Education
The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

Baltimore, Maryland
Master of Science in Nursing (Adult Nurse Practitioner), 2000

Continuing Education
Vickie Milazzo Institute

Houston, Texas
Certified Legal Nurse Consultant (CLNC), 2003 - 2010

Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Course

Escondido, California
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, 2007


San Diego Cardiovascular Associates, Encinitas, California

Nurse Practitioner, 2012 - Present
Participate in the outpatient and inpatient care of adult cardiology patients. Supervise exercise and pharmacological stress tests.

Vera Juris: A Medical-Legal Consulting Firm, San Diego, California
Partner,  2011 - Present
Leads the firm's legal nurse consulting activities and is responsible for managing all client casework. Testifying expert for cases involving nurse practitioners and registered nurses. Legal nurse consulting practice includes both plaintiff and defense cases for medical malpractice, personal injury and product liability litigation.

Scripps Clinic, Division of Cardiology, La Jolla, California
Nurse Practitioner, 2004 – 2012
Participated in the outpatient and inpatient care of adult cardiology patients. Precepted physician assistant student.

Nutricula Juris: A Legal Nurse Consulting Firm, San Diego, California
Legal Nurse Consultant, 2007- 2010
Provided legal nurse consulting and expert testimony for plaintiff and defense cases.

Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey
Clinical Adjunct Faculty, 2003 - 2004
Precepted adult nurse practitioner student in the outpatient cardiology setting.

Cardiology Associates of New Brunswick, East Brunswick, New Jersey
Nurse Practitioner, 2001 - 2004
Participated in the outpatient and inpatient care of adult cardiology patients. Supervised 6-8 nuclear stress tests daily.

Phoenix Health Care, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Registered Nurse, 2001
Per-diem agency nurse for various emergency departments in northern New Jersey.

Critical Care Nurses, Inc., Laurel, Maryland
Registered Nurse, 2000
Per-diem agency nurse for various emergency departments in the Baltimore area.

The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Department of Emergency Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
Registered Nurse, 1998 - 2000
Worked as part of a multi-disciplinary team in a Level-1 Trauma Center to provide and coordinate direct care to emergency department patients.

The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland
Clinical Nursing Intern, 1997 - 1998
Assisted with total patient care on a medical unit that specialized in the treatment of individuals with AIDS-defining illnesses.


• Certificate of Appreciation: Recognized commitment to nursing education, 2004
• Ruth Dale Ogilby Award: Recognized outstanding academic performance, 2001
• Mary and Grainger Marburg Award: Recognized outstanding clinical expertise, 1998
• Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, 1998

• California Registered Nurse License, # 638337
• California Nurse Practitioner License and Furnishing Number, # 14902
• Drug Enforcement Agency, # MB0693134

• Board Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
• Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
• Basic Life Support (BLS/CPR)

• “Highlights of American College of Cardiology,” March 2006. Presented synopsis of current research from the American College of Cardiology national conference to an audience of health care professionals.

• “Cardiology 2008,” Del Mar Community Connections lecture, February 2008.
• “Hot Topics in Cardiology: Questions and Answers for the Young and Young at Heart,” Community lectures in August 2007 and

October 2007.
• D.C. Rape Crisis Center Volunteer, 1996-1999.

• American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC)
             o Board Member, San Diego Chapter, 2009-2014
• American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
• American College of Cardiology (ACC)